»BA in Theatre, Theatre Studies

This page will take you through the application process for an undergraduate BA in Theatre, Theatre Studies degree and make sure you know how it works from start to finish. Be sure to visit all four (4) sections below for pertinent application and audition information.

+-Audition/Interview Dates & Scheduler

SCHEDULE AN IN-PERSON AUDITION/INTERVIEW:

Interviewing in-person is strongly encouraged.  Past statistics show that applicants who audition or interview on-campus have a higher acceptance rate than candidates who rely on the upload process.  In-Person Auditions are scheduled on-campus only.

In SlideRoom, you have the option to select either “audition in-person” or “audition upload” aka Portfolio Upload – please select the method you plan to pursue and follow the application procedure below based on your choice.

American Celebration Talent Awards are considered at the time of audition.  No further application is required.

IN-PERSON AUDITION/INTERVIEW DATES:

  • November 8, 2014
  • November 15, 2014 (Last First Year Early Admissions & Spring Transfers Audition Date)
  • January 19, 2015
  • February 20, 2015 (Last First Year Audition Date)
  • April 4, 2015 (Transfer applicants only)

+-Common Application Requirements

The following items must be submitted to be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Theatre Studies program:

  • $65 non-refundable application fee or fee waiver request (First Year & Transfer)
  • Official test results (SAT or ACT plus Writing) sent from the College Board or ACT* (First Year & Transfer)
    • *Test scores are waived for Transfer applicants with 24+ completed semester units
  • School Report (First Year applicants only)
  • Official Transcript(s) from all attended institutions (First Year & Transfer)
  • One Teacher Evaluation (First Year applicants only)
  • One Academic Evaluation (Transfer applicants only)
  • Registrar Report (Transfer applicants only)
  • In your Common Application:
    • Indicate your intended major: Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Theatre Studies
    • Answer “yes” to “Do you intend to submit an Art Supplement” on Chapman University’s questions. This will activate the “Art Supplement” tab in your Common App, where you will be provided a link to SlideRoom. In SlideRoom, please set up an account and complete your supplemental materials application. NOTE: Whether auditioning/interviewing in person, or uploading your portfolio/materials online, SlideRoom is required.

+-Application and Audition/Interview Requirements/SlideRoom Art Supplement

All students applying to the Department of Theatre (Audition In-Person and Portfolio Upload) must complete the Art Supplement via SlideRoom as part of the Common Application. Your Art Supplement fee will be $10 which will be paid online via SlideRoom when you submit your materials.

The following items must be submitted via SlideRoom to be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Theatre Studies program:

  • Artistic Letter of Reference - Please submit a letter of reference from an individual who has worked with you in your creative work.
  • Goal Statement - Please submit a goal statement addressing the following questions: "How do you envision yourself contributing to theatre and to society as a student and artist?" and "How will studying theatre at Chapman University prepare you for a life in theatre?"

The information below describes the process if you schedule your Interview/Portfolio Review In-Person, or choose to upload this information.

NOTE: In-Person audition applicants are highly recommended to complete SlideRoom before the Common Application. This applies primarily to Early Action candidates who may not yet have submitted their Common Application. Supplemental Materials must be submitted prior to your audition date.

  • AUDITION IN-PERSON
    • Schedule your In-Person Interview - Your interview will consist of a brief in-person presentation of your portfolio, and may include a 60-second acting monologue if acting is one of your areas of interest (see guidelines for "Choosing a Monologue" below)
      • Portfolio - Create a portfolio of three to eight pieces that documents and demonstrates your experience in areas of interest to you and your range of skills in theatre.  Your portfolio should contain examples of your work from 3-5 projects. These may involve acting, directing, stage management, technical work, playwriting, dramaturgy, or producing projects.  Materials may consist of notated scripts, original essays or scripts you have written, programs from shows you have worked on, and/or photographs.  We will not keep your portfolio.
        • Do not include production videos or digital films.
        • You may use any format to present your portfolio to the interviewers, but if you choose digital media, please bring your laptop or other device with you to the interview to display your portfolio.
        • Portfolios will be evaluated on creativity, ability to communicate the artistic and creative process, range of skills demonstrated, and potential for growth.
      • Monologue - If acting is one of your areas of interest, you have the option to perform a 60-second monologue during your in-person interview.  Please refer to "Choosing a Monologue" below.
  • PORTFOLIO UPLOAD
    • Introduction - Upload a video introduction in a separate file in a medium shot (chest up) telling us your name, where you are from, and briefly (no more than 20 seconds) describing a favorite theatre experience.
    • Portfolio - Upload 3-8 examples of your work that document and demonstrate your experience in areas of interest to you and your range of skills. The overall idea is to document your experiences in theatre. These may involve acting, directing, stage management, technical work, playwriting, or producing projects, and may consist of but are not limited to: notated scripts, essays you have written, programs from shows you have worked on and/or photographs.
      • Do not include production videos or digital films.
      • NOTE: PowerPoint is not an accepted format for upload.
      • The use of the Title and Description feature in uploading media is recommended to provide a context for the work.
    • Monologue - If acting is one of your areas of interest, you may include a 60-second contemporary monologue as part of your portfolio. Please refer to "Choosing a Monologue" and "Recording Your Monologue" guidelines below.
    • Interview - Candidates who apply by upload may be contacted for a personal interview (via phone or Skype).

CHOOSING A MONOLOGUE:

  • Choose a piece from a published play. 
    • Do not use film or television monologues because these are usually associated with a celebrity performer, and invariably will hold you up to comparison with the original artist. Plays are written for multiple interpreters.
    • Do not choose a piece that is written as a stand-alone monologue. A monologue from a play clearly provides you with a context and reason for the character to say these words.
  • Choose a monologue that is a character close to you, and one in which you would be cast today.  
  • Choose a monologue that is active: know whom you are talking to and what you want from them. Avoid monologues that simply recount what happened in the past, as these can be traps in which you play attitude and mood rather than action. 
  • Choose a monologue that engages your interest and is about something you care about. If you do not like your monologue, it is likely to translate into your performance.
  • Avoid dialects, exaggerated characterizations, cartoon or two-dimensional characters and/or excessive use of props.
  • There are many lists of overdone monologues available (search “overdone monologues” on the Web).  It is a good idea to check them and avoid these pieces, unless you can do them so well and so creatively that they become unique.  Usually overdone monologues get a reputation for being overdone because everyone makes the same acting choices and falls into the same traps.  If you make the monologue uniquely your own, sometimes an “overdone” monologue can work. 

RECORDING YOUR MONOLOGUE (Portfolio Upload ONLY):

  • Please shoot your introduction as a separate file in a medium (from chest up) shot.
  • Your introduction should tell us your name, where you are from, and briefly (about 30 seconds or less) describe a favorite acting experience.
  • Record each monologue separately, using a 3/4 body shot. Please no zooming or internal editing within the monologue. 
  • A neutral background is helpful, but you do not need to do this on a stage.
  • Label each monologue either contemporary or Shakespeare when you upload it to your Art Supplement page.
  • Please make sure the lighting and sound are suitable on each clip. We need to see and hear you. 
  • Please no costumes, makeup or extraneous sound effects or enhancements.
  • Do not turn in videos of actual performances. They will not be viewed.

QUICK LINKS:

+-Deadlines

All documents must be uploaded to The Common Application and SlideRoom by the given deadlines.  Late applications are only reviewed on a space available basis. Please refer to the application checklist for more information on specified Admission deadline(s).

AUDITION DEADLINES (in-person & portfolio upload):

  • FIRST YEAR Early Action
    • Interview & Porfolio Review In-Person Deadline: Saturday, November 15, 2014
    • Portfolio Upload Deadline: Saturday, November 1, 2014
  • FIRST YEAR Regular Admission
    • Interview & Porfolio Review In-Person Deadline: Saturday, February 21, 2015
    • Portfolio Upload Deadline: Thursday, January 15, 2015
  • TRANSFER Regular Admission
    • Interview & Porfolio Review In-Person Deadline: Saturday, April 4, 2015
    • Portfolio Upload Deadline: Sunday, March 15, 2015

* The Art Supplement must be submitted online by 11:59pm on the appropriate deadline.

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

  • FIRST YEAR Early Action Date (non-binding): Saturday, November 1, 2014
  • FIRST YEAR Regular Admission: Thursday, January 15, 2015
  • TRANSFER Regular Admission: Sunday, March 15, 2015
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