College of Performing Arts appoints new Department of Dance chair Julianne O'Brien Pedersen starts new role fall semester 2016

April 26, 2016 by | CoPA News

Chapman University’s College of Performing Arts announced the appointment of Julianne O’Brien Pedersen as the new chairperson for the Department of Dance, effective with the 2016-17 academic year. She replaces Professor Nancy Dickson-Lewis who recently announced her retirement from the University. O’Brien Pedersen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from Connecticut College, a

Department of Dance chair Nancy Dickson-Lewis announces retirement

April 11, 2016 by | CoPA News

Beloved Chapman University Department of Dance Chair and Professor, Nancy Dickson-Lewis has announced she will retire at the end of the spring 2016 semester, bringing to a close a rich career spanning more than three decades of dance, choreography, and teaching and influencing the lives and craft of thousands of dancers. Professor Dickson-Lewis began teaching at Chapman

‘Merchant of Venice’ at Musco Center With themes of greed, race and revenge, Prof. Bradac says Shakespeare's troublesome play resonates more than ever

April 7, 2016 by Dawn Bonker | CoPA News

Chapman University theatre professor and Shakespeare scholar Thomas Bradac is talking about The Merchant of Venice, how the Bard’s troublesome tale is about many things, even though we mostly remember Shylock, the Jewish moneylender seeking payback from a loan-defaulting Christian. Bradac explains how the alternately comic and tragic play has caused plenty of pain in

Chapman dance team are national champions

April 4, 2016 by | CoPA News

For the eighth consecutive year, the Chapman University dance team are champions, winning their division in the 22nd Annual United Spirit Association Collegiate Cheerleading and Dance Championships held in the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, March 19 and 20, 2016. Competing in the Open Dance 4-Year College — Division II/III, Chapman’s 18-member team of dance majors placed

Promotions announced for Dance and Music faculty

March 31, 2016 by | Uncategorized

The College of Performing Arts is proud to announce promotions for the following faculty members, effective with the 2016-2017 academic year: Department of Dance Robin Kish – Awarded Tenure and Promoted to Associate Professor of Dance Professor Kish has taught at California State University Fullerton, University of California Irvine, Riverside Community College, and Citrus Community College. Courses taught

Alumni choir and soloists to perform at March 19 Musco Center opening

March 10, 2016 by | CoPA News

A truly happy homecoming awaits for nearly 80 Chapman University alumni who have been invited to perform in the Grand Opening concert in Musco Center of the Arts on March 19, 2016. The group spans seven decades of Chapman history and includes Musco grandson Alex David ’09 as emcee, a 70-voice chorus, and eight exciting and accomplished soloists:

“A Flea in Her Ear” opens February 18 in Waltmar Theatre Feydeau's famous farce revamped by David Ives, directed by Tamiko Washington

February 11, 2016 by | Theatre

On Thursday, February 18, 2016, Chapman University’s Department of Theatre presents A Flea in Her Ear, David Ives’ new version of the famous farce by French playwright Georges Feydeau. Staged in Waltmar Theatre under the direction of Professor Tamiko Washington, the show continues February 19, 20 and 25-27. The story begins in turn-of-the-century Paris with Raymonde

Adapting comedy for a new era: Farce and vaudeville in “A Flea in Her Ear” Student dramaturgs Dumas and Green offer insight into upcoming Dept. of Theatre production

February 11, 2016 by Katherine Dumas and Morgan Green | Theatre

Chapman University’s Department of Theatre chose to take on a French farce as its first production of the spring semester. A Flea In Her Ear, published by popular farceur Georges Feydeau (1862–1921) in 1907 and translated by acclaimed modern playwright David Ives (1950–) in 2006, has been a classic within both its genre and comedy itself for over a

Actor David Prather, CU’s Louise Thomas perform “Under the Concord Sky” Feb. 10 Interplay 2016: American Visions, American Voices

February 8, 2016 by | CoPA News

Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Chapman University’s Interplay 2016 Festival presents Under the Concord Sky, an original drama that brings to life Charles Ives, the irascible and completely original American composer whose groundbreaking works forever changed the musical landscape. Memories and musings of the iconoclastic Ives are performed by actor David Prather, while Chapman’s own Louise Thomas performs

New Horizons Concert Series Begins February 11 Leading contemporary soloists and ensembles coming to Chapman February - April 2016

January 22, 2016 by | Music

Chapman University’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music is pleased to announce the 2016 New Horizons Concert Series, which features performances by six leading contemporary music soloists and ensembles. All six concert events take place in Salmon Recital Hall and begin at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission; $5 senior citizens and non-Chapman students; and free for the