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If you are applying to the Department of Theatre as a theatre 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-screen audition in order to be considered for admission. Note: BA Theatre programs do not require a pre-screen to schedule an in-person review.  A Common Application submission is required before you will gain access to the Creative Supplement and associated audition materials.

A final admission decision is agreed upon by the Department of Theatre and the Office of Admission based on academic and artistic preparedness. All applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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

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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Audition/Interview Dates for 2018/19

BA in Theatre Studies & Theatre Technology

  • Early Decision/Early Action: Saturday, November 12, 2018
  • Regular Decision: Saturday, February 9 and Saturday, March 2, 2019 

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.