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Production Still from Entrance into the Department of Theatre is by audition for students interested in the BFA degrees in theatre performance or screen acting, or by interview/portfolio review for prospective students interested in the BA degree, in the theatre studies or theatre technology areas of study.  For detailed application, audition and deadline information on each of the degrees offered in the Department of Theatre, please visit the individual "APPLY" pages in the left navigation bar.  They will walk you through the application process for each respective degree and make sure you know how it works from start to finish.

There is no theatre minor at this time.  Any student who is interested in taking classes in theatre is highly encouraged to apply as a theatre major as an incoming freshman. Entrance into theatre degree programs after freshman year is highly competitive and dependent on space available.  Please note that many theatre classes, and particularly acting classes, are open to majors only.

Transfer applicants are encouraged to apply for the BA degree program, which requires completion of a total of 47 credit hours.  The BFA programs (which require a total of 78 credit hours) will require, at a minimum, three years of study at Chapman, and sometimes four years, depending on the prior coursework taken at other universities, and the evaluation of the faculty with respect to placement in the acting curriculum.

Incoming First Year and Transfer applicants must choose a degree program for which to audition or interview from the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Theatre Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Theatre Technology
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theatre Performance
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Screen Acting (interdisciplinary major with the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts)

The Frequently Asked Questions page provides helpful information on deciding which program is right for you, and specifically addresses the differences between the BA and BFA programs, and between the two BFA programs in theatre performance and screen acting.  While a student must choose a specific major at the time of application, if interested in another major in the Department of Theatre or at Chapman, they may indicate their interest on the Supplemental Arts Application.  It is the responsibility of all prospective students to complete the Common Application and the SlideRoom Portfolio submissions by the specified deadline(s).

After completing the audition or interview, incoming prospective students will receive notification from Admissions if they have been accepted into the university and whether or not they have been accepted as a major in the theatre program.

If you have any additional questions regarding your audition, please contact the Department of Theatre Office at (714) 744-7087 or tdoffice@chapman.edu.

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BA in Theatre Studies & Theatre Technology

Audition/interview dates will be announced in August 2017

BFA in Screen Acting or BFA in Theatre Performance

Due to the selectivity of the BFA Screen Acting and BFA Theatre Performance programs, all prospective applicants are now required to submit a pre-screen audition via the Creative Supplement.  If invited to audition in-person, you will have the option to choose one of our on-campus audition dates, or off-campus at one of our regional auditions in New York or Chicago.  All in-person auditions will be held in January and February.