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» BFA in Screen Acting / BFA in Theatre Performance

If you are applying to the Department of Theatre as a Bachelor of Fine Arts major, you must complete The Common App (including the Chapman University Questions within the Common App) as well as the Creative Supplement. All BFA Screen Acting and BFA Theatre Performance applicants are required to submit a pre-screening audition in order to be considered for admission. Please note, a Common Application submission is required before you will gain access to the Creative Supplement and associated audition materials.

Once your pre-screening audition and application have been reviewed by the Department of Theatre and Office of Admission, COVID-19 health regulations and concerns permitting, you may be invited to an in-person audition and interview, either on Chapman’s campus or at one of the regional audition sites in New York or Chicago. If health concerns are an issue and travel or in-person auditions are not feasible, then your pre-screening material may be used as your audition. Furthermore, in the absence of an in-person audition, the faculty may request an online interview/audition as part of the process. A final admission decision is agreed upon by the Department of Theatre, Dodge College (for Screen Acting applicants) and the Office of Admission based on academic and artistic preparedness. All applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Should you be asked to audition in person, you will be notified via email with a link to schedule the audition.

Any departmental scholarship is determined by the department during review of the Creative Supplement and/or audition. No additional paperwork or scholarship application is required.


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John Benitz
Chair, Department of Theatre
(714) 744-7055
benitz@chapman.edu