John Benitz appointed Chair for Department of Theatre

June 28, 2016 by | CoPA News

Chapman University’s College of Performing Arts announced Professor John B. Benitz has been appointed the new chairperson for the Department of Theatre, effective immediately. Benitz shared the department chair responsibility in the 2015-16 academic year with Professor Don Guy as the department transitioned from the leadership of Dr. Nina LeNoir who held the position from

CoPA music student’s study-abroad research to focus on South African melodies

June 15, 2016 by Robyn Norwood | CoPA News

Clarinetist Taylor Kunkel ’18 doesn’t know what she might see – or hear – during five months studying at the University of Cape Town in South Africa beginning in July. What she does know is she’ll be bringing recordings of the melodies of another continent home to Chapman University as she seeks to expand the

Department of Theatre announces performance schedule for 2016-17

June 10, 2016 by | Theatre

Chapman University’s Department of Theatre has announced the exciting performance schedule for the 2016-17 Season. Tickets go on sale September 1, 2016. To order, visit chapman.edu/tickets or call the College of Performing Arts box office hotline at (714) 997-6624. OCTOBER 2016 Good Kids, by Naomi Iizuka October 11, 13, 15, 16, 19, 21, 22 Directed by

College of Performing Arts appoints new Assistant Professor of Theatre Technology Edward Lapine joins Department of Theatre beginning fall semester 2016

June 6, 2016 by | CoPA News

The College of Performing Arts (CoPA) announced the appointment of Edward Lapine as the new Assistant Professor of Theatre Technology for the Department of Theatre, beginning with the 2016-17 academic year. Mr. Lapine holds a Master of Fine Arts in Technical Design and Production with an emphasis in Production Management from Yale University. He earned his

Busy post-grad plans for Chapman CoPA Class of 2016

May 19, 2016 by | CoPA News

The Class of 2016 from Chapman University’s College of Performing Arts will hit the ground running after graduation, with many of our newest alumni keeping busy over the summer before heading to top-level institutions across the country to begin work on advanced degrees, and others clocking-in immediately to their chosen professions. Here are some of the exciting

Dr. Chinary Ung to speak at CoPA Commencement 2016

May 17, 2016 by Mary Platt | CoPA News

Chapman University’s College of Performing Arts announced that Chinary Ung, DMA will speak at the school’s 2016 Commencement on Saturday, May 21 in Musco Center for the Arts. Ung serves as Senior Composer in Residence in the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, and has had many associations with Chapman over the years, including a long collaboration with

CoPA Commencement 2016

May 16, 2016 by | CoPA News

The College of Performing Arts will hold its seventh commencement ceremony this Saturday, May 21 in the new Musco Center for the Arts, honoring more than 100 new graduates from the Departments of Dance and Theatre, and the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music! We salute our newest alumni and congratulate them on their great achievements! Department of Dance

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