theatre technology
College of Performing Arts

» BA in Theatre, Theatre Technology

Learn from a core education of acting, directing, technical theatre, history and literature while personalizing your education with a focus in technology.

This will take you through the application process for an undergraduate BA in Theatre, Theatre Technology degree and make sure you know how it works from start to finish.  Be sure to visit all four sections below for pertinent application and interview information.

+ - Deadlines

Please visit the University’s How to Apply page for undergraduate application deadlines.

+ - Common Application, Creative Supplement Requirements

The following items must be submitted to be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Technology:

  • Creative Supplement: This is your artistic portfolio reviewed by the faculty based on artistic talent and program readiness. Please be prepared to answer a few short answer questions.
  • Theatre Resume: This should include your training, teachers, performance and technical experience. Include the names of theatres and directors you have worked with, as well as any media work you have done. You may want to include awards and any summer scholarships you have received.
  • Goal Statement: Please submit a goal statement addressing the following questions:
    • How do you envision yourself contributing to theatre and to society as a student and artist?
    • How will studying theatre at Chapman University prepare you for a life in theatre?
  • Photograph: Please upload a photo of yourself so we can identify you; professional headshots are not required.
  • Letter of Recommendation: The letter should come from your most recent theatre instructor or a professional with whom you have studied. You can request this recommendation through your applicant status page once you have submitted your Common Application. Your recommender will receive an email prompting him or her to submit a recommendation on your behalf. Keep in mind this letter of recommendation is specific to the Department of Theatre and is separate from the letter(s) required by the Office of Admission.

+ - In-Person Portfolio Requirements

This is only for students who plan on presenting and interviewing in person. 

Portfolio (in-person presentation and interview): Once your Common Application and Creative Supplement have been submitted, you will gain access to your applicant status page where you will be prompted to register for an in-person interview. Please be prepared to present the following for your in-person interview:

  • Theatrical Portfolio: Create a theatrical portfolio that documents and demonstrates your experience in areas of interest to you and your range of skills in theatre. Your portfolio should contain 5-10 pieces illustrating your technical or design work and/or skills in related areas (such as drawing or drafting). If showcasing technical drawings or drafts, present them with their final executed outcomes . Stage Managers may include pages from a prompt book or other rehearsal/production paperwork. Beginning technicians who do not have a portfolio of drawings may use photographs, production videos, digital films or their resume to show the work they have done.
    • If using digital media, please bring your own laptop/device.
    • We will not keep your portfolio.

+ - Upload Portfolio Requirements

If you are unable to present your portfolio in-person, please submit these materials via your Applicant Status Page. Additionally, you may be contacted by a member of the theatre faculty for a phone or Skype interview. The information below describes the process if you are unable to present in-person.

  • Portfolio (Upload): Once your Common Application and Creative Supplement have been submitted, you will gain access to your Applicant Status Page where you will be prompted to upload your portfolio/media pieces.
    • Theatrical Portfolio: Create a theatrical portfolio of 5-10 pieces that document and demonstrate your experience in areas of interest to you and your range of skills in theatre. Your pieces should  illustrate your technical or design work and/or skills in related areas (such as drawing or drafting). If showcasing technical drawings or drafts, present them with their final executed outcomes. Stage Managers may include pages from a prompt book or other rehearsal/production paperwork. Beginning technicians who do not have a portfolio of drawings may use photographs, production videos, digital films or their resume to show the work they have done.
      • Title and briefly describe each item in your portfolio using the "edit details tab."
      • PowerPoint is not an accepted format.
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