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    Training Artists, Transforming Lives

    Department of Theatre

» Welcome to the Department of Theatre

As theatre majors at Chapman, students participate in a strong professional theatre curriculum with high quality productions while enjoying the benefits of a small university. While earning their B.A. in theatre, students gain real-world experience from working onstage and backstage with professional organizations such as Shakespeare Orange County.

The Department of Theatre faculty and staff are dedicated to providing an education with strong professional ethics that empower students to pursue career paths appropriate to their abilities. The theatre department strives for excellence in a professional work environment that is instilled with mutual respect.

The Department of Theatre offers three programs tailored to the specific goals of each student. First, our broad-based BA degree in theatre, with an area of study in theatre technology or theatre studies. Second, the pre-professional BFA degree in theatre performance, and third, the interdisciplinary BFA in screen acting offered cooperatively with the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. All of the degrees provide students with excellent preparation to attend graduate school or enter the profession directly from college.

The curriculum for theatre majors includes introductory classes in performance techniques, technical theatre, and theatre studies. Each degree program provides in depth and advanced coursework appropriate to the degree track.

The Department of Theatre is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.


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Musco Center for the Arts

Musco Center for the Arts

On March 19, Chapman University’s new Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts throws open its doors.


Performers acting in stage play.

Enjoy performances from Chapman's Department of Theatre, Dance and Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music.