Mr. Lapine holds a Master of Fine Arts in Technical Design and Production with an emphasis in Production Management from Yale University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College in Williamstown, MA.
Lapine joins the Chapman faculty with an extensive background in professional theatre and opera production, as well as production support for arts and special events presentations. Prior to Chapman, he served on the staff of the Yale School of Drama Technical Design and Production Department as Associate Head of Production and Student Labor Supervisor where he managed the student work-study program, supported the Head of Technical Design and Production Department, and managed technical support for events held in School of Drama venues by Yale and outside organizations.
Mr. Lapine has also worked in a variety of production management roles, including eight years as Director of Production for the Denver Center Theater Company (DCTC), and ten years as Production Manager for San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater (ACT). In both organizations, he served as a member of senior staff, helping set company policy, direct annual planning and operation, and conduct strategic planning. He managed design and technical support of a wide range of professional productions, including classical work, premieres and co-productions.
Mr. Lapine’s other professional work includes positions in technical management at the Santa Fe Opera, South Coast Repertory, and the Metropolitan Opera, as well as including management of presented companies (American Ballet Theatre, the Berlin Ballet, English National Opera). He has worked in film production, and has also worked outside of the arts where he was a partner in a company developing nanotechnology products. He began his professional career teaching theatre design at The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut.