»Message from the Dean

Photograph of Dale Merrill, Dean of CoPAThe performing arts have long been a vital and dynamic part of the Chapman University community, Students who participate in our programs quickly learn this is a unique place. There is a vibrant atmosphere that combines abundant possibilities for scholarship, creativity, free expression and intellectual curiosity through curricular offerings and cultural events.

As Dean, my vision is for our college to provide our students with the finest artistic training and academic opportunities that emphasize artistic collaboration, unique and innovative curricular approaches, and community outreach programs. It is this three-pillared approach to arts education that not only trains great performers, but also develops a generation of artists who will graduate with the capacity to create means of expression we have yet to even imagine.

One of the exciting new chapters in our college’s history is the building of the Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts. This 1,100-seat facility will serve as the new home for all of our signature productions.  The Musco Center represents Chapman University’s commitment to the arts, and it will become an essential space for the City of Orange and Orange County communities to experience the very best of what our college has to offer. Dr. William Hall, Dean of the Musco Center for the Arts, and I are both excited that you will start to see this beautiful new building take shape beginning this fall. 

No matter what your connection is to the College of Performing Arts – alumni, prospective student, current student, family, friend, donor or just a lover of the arts curious to know more - I hope you will take advantage of all the possibilities the college has to offer by attending one of our numerous performances and/or by enrolling in one of our successful degree programs. I trust your experience with the College of Performing Arts will be unmatched.

Dale A. Merrill
Dean, College of Performing Arts

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