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Prospective StudentsEntrance into the Department of Theatre is by audition for students interested in majoring in theatre or by a portfolio review for prospective students interested in specializing in technical theatre and design.  Incoming prospective students (including transfer students) must also complete the admission requirements for Chapman University, including the College of Performing Arts Departmental Application, preferably prior to the audition date so that audition results may be linked to their application.  Notification of audition results will not be made until the Chapman admission requirements are completed.

Please note that many Theatre Department classes are designed for majors only.  Non-majors must contact the department to register for restricted courses.  Any student who is interested in a theatre major is highly encouraged to audition as an incoming freshman. Entrance into theatre degree programs after freshman year is highly competitive and dependent on space available.  The Theatre Department has no minor at this time.

Please read the information on the Theatre Admission Dates & Requirements page and on the FAQ page carefully to determine which program is right for you and and in preparation for your audition/interview.

After completing the audition or portfolio review, incoming prospective students will receive notification from Admissions if they have been accepted into the university and whether or not they have been accepted as a major in the theatre program.

Freshmen and transfer students must choose a degree program for which to audition or interview from the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, either Theatre Studies or Technology Area of Study
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theatre Performance
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Screen Acting (interdisciplinary major with the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts)

While a student must choose a specific major at the time of application, if interested in another major in the Department of Theatre, he or she may indicate interest at the time of audition.

Transfer students and current Chapman students who enter the Theatre program at the junior level are encouraged to complete the BA degree program, as the requirements for the BFA program will require, at a minimum, three years of study at Chapman, depending on the review of transfer credits.

It is the responsibility of all prospective students to complete The Common Application and all Chapman University admission requirements by the specified deadline(s).

For additional information, please contact the Department of Theatre at (714) 744-7087 or tdoffice@chapman.edu.

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Talent Scholarships

During the entrance audition or portfolio review process, consideration for talent scholarship awards will be given to all incoming applicants.  Students must declare a theatre major and be accepted into the program to receive a talent scholarship.  Talent scholarship awards will not be announced until the audition process is completed.  Notification of acceptance into the Department of Theatre is usually completed by the end of March and notification of talent scholarship awards is usually completed by the end of April. Talent awards are only available to students new to Chapman.

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