theatre technology

College of Performing Arts

» BA in Theatre, Theatre Technology

Learn from a core education of acting, directing, technical theatre, history and literature while personalizing your education with a focus in technology.

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

 

+ - Deadlines

First Year students can apply Early Decision (binding) or Early Action (non-binding) by Nov. 1, or Regular Decision by Jan. 15. Transfer students can apply Regular Decision by Feb. 15. A final admission decision will not be made until all appropriate materials have been submitted and reviewed by the admission and theatre committees. Late applications are reviewed on a space available basis only. 

*First year and transfer applications applying to a spring term must obtain approval from the department prior to submitting a Creative Supplement or scheduling an interview. 

NOTE: The Early Decision and Early Action deadlines are considered priority deadlines. We recommend that students with a strong interest in BA Theatre Tech submit their Common Application and Creative Supplement prior to Nov. 1. Students who consider Chapman University their first-choice school should apply Early Decision. 


Common Application and Creative Supplement Deadlines: 
  • FIRST YEAR Early Decision (binding): Wednesday, November 1, 2017
  • FIRST YEAR Early Action (non-binding): Wednesday, November 1, 2017 
  • FIRST YEAR Regular Decision: Monday, January 15, 2018 
  • TRANSFER Regular Decision: Thursday, February 15, 2018

*The Common Application Creative Supplement must be submitted online by 11:59 PST on the appropriate deadline. 

+ - Common Application, Creative Supplement Requirements

All students applying to BA Theatre Tech must submit a Common Application, Creative Supplement, upload portfolio materials and all additional Common Application materials in order to be considered for admission. Please refer to the Admission Office How to Apply page for additional information. Incomplete applicants will not be considered for admission. 

                     Creative Supplement Instructions 

The following items must be submitted through the Creative Supplement to be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Technical program:

  • Letter of Recommendation: The letter should come from your most recent theatre instructor or a professional with whom you have worked. Once your Creative Supplement is submitted, you will be prompted to your applicant status page where you can enter your recommender’s information. Your recommender will receive an email prompting him or her to upload their recommendation into the Creative Supplement. Please keep in mind this letter of recommendation is specific to the Department of Theatre.  This is a separate recommendation from those required by the Office of Admission.
  • Theatre Resume: This should include your training, teachers, performance and technical experience.  Include the names of theatres and directors you have worked with, as well as any media work you have done.  You may want to include awards and any summer scholarships you have received.
  • 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? 
    • How will studying theatre at Chapman University prepare you for a life in theatre? 
  • Photograph: Please upload a photo of yourself so we can identify you - professional headshots not required. 

+ - In-Person Portfolio Requirements

  • Portfolio (in-person presentation and interview): Once your Creative Supplement has been submitted, you will gain access to your applicant status page where you will be prompted to upload your portfolio/media pieces and register for an in-person interview. In order to be reviewed for admission, your Common Application and Creative Supplement must be submitted prior to the respective deadlines.
    • Theatrical Portfolio: Create a theatrical portfolio that documents and demonstrates your experience in areas of interest to you and your range of skills in theatre. Your portfolio should contain five to ten pieces illustrating your technical or design work and/or skills in related areas (such as drawing or drafting). The overall idea is to document your experiences in theatre. If you have technical drawings or drafts, present them along with a pictorial representation of the executed drawings. Stage Managers may include pages from a prompt book or other rehearsal/production paperwork. Beginning technicians who do not have a portfolio of drawings may use photographs, production videos, digital films or their resume to show the work they have done.
      • If using digital media, please bring your own laptop/device.
      • We will not keep your portfolio.
    • Schedule your in-person presentation and interview: Your presentation and interview will consist of an explanation and showcase of your theatrical portfolio, and an opportunity to connect and converse with theatre faculty.
      • Early Decision / Early Action interview date: Sunday, November 12th 
      • Regular Decision interview dates: Saturday, January 13th and Saturday, March 3rd 

+ - Upload Portfolio Requirements

If you are unable to present your portfolio and interview in-person, please submit these materials via portfolio upload. Additionally, you may be contacted by a member of the theatre faculty for a phone or Skype interview. The information below describes the process if you are unable to present in-person.

  • Portfolio (Upload): Once your Creative Supplement has been submitted, you will gain access to your applicant status page where you will be prompted to upload your portfolio/media pieces. 
    • Theatrical Portfolio: Create a theatrical portfolio that documents and demonstrates your experience in areas of interest to you and your range of skills in theatre. Your portfolio should contain five (5) to ten (10) pieces illustrating your technical or design work and/or skills in related areas (such as drawing or drafting). The overall idea is to document your experiences in theatre. If you have technical drawings or drafts, present them along with a pictorial representation of the executed drawings. Stage Managers may include pages from a prompt book or other rehearsal/production paperwork. Beginning technicians who do not have a portfolio of drawings may use photographs, production videos, digital films or their resume to show the work they have done. 
      • Title and briefly describe each item in your portfolio using the "edit details tab." 
      • PowerPoint is not an accepted format. 
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