»BFA in Screen Acting / BFA in Theatre Performance

This page will take you through the application process for an undergraduate BFA in Screen Acting or BFA in Theatre Performance degree and make sure you know how it works from start to finish. Be sure to visit all six (6) sections below for pertinent application and audition information.

+-NEW Admission Policy - 2015/2016

Due to the selectivity of the BFA Screen Acting & BFA Theatre Performance programs, all prospective applicants are now required to submit a pre-screen audition via SlideRoom. For each program in SlideRoom, you will only have the option to select “audition upload.” Your audition upload is only one part of the review process for the Department of Theatre.  All applicants are still required to submit a Common Application and all other corresponding admission documents to be considered for admission to the university.

Once the admission committee and theatre faculty have reviewed your application and uploaded pre-screen audition, you may be invited to attend an in-person audition and interview, either on-campus or at one of the regional audition dates in New York or Chicago. Should you be asked to audition in-person, you will be notified via email with a scheduling link.  All prospective applicants will be reviewed by the admission and theatre committees prior to admission decisions being released.  Talent Awards are considered upon review of your Portfolio submission and/or audition. No additional paperwork or application is required.

Students can apply by our Early Action deadline of November 1 or Regular Decision by January 15. A final admission decision will not be made until all appropriate materials have been submitted and reviewed by the admission and theatre committees.

  • Students who apply by the Early Action/Priority deadline will receive a final decision by mid-February.
  • Students who apply by the Regular Decision deadline will receive a final decision by mid-March.

NOTE: The Early Action deadline is considered a priority deadline. It is highly recommended that students with a strong interest in BFA Screen Acting or BFA Theatre Performance submit their Common Application and Portfolio via SlideRoom prior to November 1.

+-Deadlines

All documents must be uploaded to The Common Application and SlideRoom (Portfolio) 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 (audition upload ONLY):

  • FIRST YEAR Early Action/Priority
    • Audition Upload Deadline: Sunday, November 1, 2015
  • FIRST YEAR Regular Admission
    • Audition Upload Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2016
  • TRANSFER Regular Admission
    • Audition Upload Deadline: Tuesday, March 15, 2016

* The Portfolio must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. PST on the appropriate deadline.

As a reminder: due to the selectivity of the BFA Screen Acting & BFA Theatre Performance programs, all prospective applicants are now required to submit a pre-screen audition via SlideRoom.

COMMON APPLICATION DEADLINES:

  • FIRST YEAR Early Action Date (non-binding): Sunday, November 1, 2015
  • FIRST YEAR Regular Admission: Friday, January 15, 2016
  • TRANSFER Regular Admission: Tuesday, March 15, 2016

+-Common Application Requirements

The following items must be submitted to be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Screen Acting or Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance 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)*
  • Common App School Report form (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)
    • *Test scores are waived for Transfer applicants with 24+ completed semester units.  The final high school transcript is waived for Transfer applicants with 60+ completed semester units.
  • In your Common Application:
    • Indicate your intended major: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Screen Acting or Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance
    • Answer “yes” to “Do you intend to submit a Portfolio” on Chapman University’s questions. This will activate the “Portfolio” tab in your Common App, where you will be provided a link to SlideRoom. Once you have activated your SlideRoom account, please complete and submit all required Portfolio materials through SlideRoom. NOTE: SlideRoom is required!

+-Application and Upload Requirements via SlideRoom (Portfolio)

All students applying to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Screen Acting or Theatre Performance programs must complete the Portfolio via SlideRoom as part of the Common Application. Your Portfolio submission fee ($10) can be paid online via SlideRoom when you are ready to submit your materials.

The following items must be submitted via SlideRoom to be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Screen Acting or Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance program:

  • PORTFOLIO (audition upload)
    • Upload three (3) separate video files in the Media section of SlideRoom:
      • Introduction - in 30 seconds or less, state your name, where you are from, and something about yourself.  Be sure to use a medium shot (from chest up).
      • First monologue
        • Record each monologue separately, using a 3/4 body shot
      • Second monologue
        • Record each monologue separately, using a 3/4 body shot
    • Monologue Requirements:
      • BFA in Screen Acting
        • Perform two (2) contrasting contemporary monologues (see "Choosing a Monologue" below).
      • BFA in Theatre Performance
        • Perform two (2) contrasting monologues, one contemporary and realistic, and the other from a work of Shakespeare (see "Choosing a Monologue" below).
    • Upload Instructions:
      • Internal editing and zooming in is discouraged
      • Use a neutral background with suitable lighting and sound equipment; we need to see and hear you clearly.
      • Please no costumes, makeup or extraneous sound effects
      • Label your monologue in SlideRoom using the Title and Description feature
      • Do not submit videos of actual performances.  They will not be viewed

Once the faculty has reviewed your uploaded pre-screen audition, you may be invited to attend an in-person audition and interview either on-campus or at one of the regional audition dates in New York or Chicago.  Should you be asked to audition in-person, you will be notified via email with a scheduling link.  All prospective applicants will be reviewed by the admission and theatre committees prior to admission decisions being released.

Suggestions for CHOOSING A MONOLOGUE:

  • Each monologue should be no longer than 60 seconds.
  • Choose a piece from a published play (film & television monologues are discouraged).
  • Do not select a stand-alone monologue. Instead, choose a monologue from a play, which provides a context and character motivation.
  • 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.
  • Choose a monologue that you care about.  Your engagement and interest is likely to translate into your performance.
  • Avoid dialects, excessive prop use, cartoon or two-dimensional characters and exaggerated characterizations.
  • Avoid overdone monologues (they often lead to predictable acting choices) unless you are able to make it uniquely your own.  Googling “overdone monologues” on the web is recommended.
  • (For Theatre Performance only) Your Shakespearean monologue should be from a play, and not a sonnet.

+-In-Person Auditions (by invitation only)

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 2016.  New York and Chicago auditions will coincide with the National Unified Auditions.  The date, location and times available will be included with your emailed invitation after review of your audition upload submission.

Walk-ins who have not submitted an audition upload will only be seen as time permits. An audition is not guaranteed, and may not be possible.

NOTE: If you are invited to audition but are unable to travel to one of our audition sites, you may request that we use your audition upload submission as your audition.  If possible, auditioning in-person is highly encouraged.

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Contact Us

John Benitz
Co-Chair, Department of Theatre
(714) 744-7055
benitz@chapman.edu

Don Guy
Co-Chair, Department of Theatre; Director of Production
(714) 744-7059
guy@chapman.edu