‘Intimate Apparel’ by Lynn Nottage opens Dec. 1 in Waltmar Theatre African-American experience in 1905 New York still resonates in 21st century

November 29, 2016 by Robyn Norwood | Theatre

The smoothness of the finest white satin. The warm black skin of her husband. A stash of savings sewn into a hem. These are some of the things that Esther, an African-American seamstress filled with longing in playwright Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, can feel under her fingertips but is not meant to keep for her

A view of ‘this society we live in,’ conveyed in dance Renowned choreographer Ido Tadmor creates original piece for Chapman dancers.

November 21, 2016 by Dawn Bonker | CoPA News

Surrounded by small piles of dark sweaters and jackets, 21 Chapman University student dancers swirl around the floor at the Partridge Dance Center. Despite their closeness, the dancers avoid each other’s touch and stick to their contained spheres of motion. Several times they lift cupped hands to their eyes, creating singular tunnel visions. This collection

Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music’s Nicholas returns from Guatemala conducting residency

November 18, 2016 by | Music

Dr. Christopher J. Nicholas, Director of Bands, Woodwinds and Brass Studies in Chapman’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, recently returned from a week-long conducting residency in Guatemala City, Guatemala as part of the 2016 Seminario Internacional de Banda. “As the featured guest conductor and clinician for the 2016 Seminario Internacional de Banda, I rehearsed the ensemble

LA Opera “AKHNATEN” director Phelim McDermott visits CoPA Renowned British theatre director talks improvisation for theatre and opera

November 10, 2016 by | CoPA News

On Sunday, November 6, renowned British theatre director Phelim McDermott spent 90 minutes with Dr. Theresa Dudeck and her theatre students in the Waltmar Theatre, talking about his range of work over the last 30 years as a theatre and opera director, creator, collaborator, and improviser. McDermott, one of the masterminds behind the dark, Olivier Award-winning

Opera Chapman presents “Kurt Weill after Dark – A Cabaret-style Review”

October 18, 2016 by Veronica Kompalic | CoPA News

This weekend October 21-23, Opera Chapman will perform selections from  two of Kurt Weill’s masterworks at Musco Center for the Arts. The show consists of a compilation of arias and duets from Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) and Street Scene, two of Weill’s masterpieces, performed in the

Department of Theatre presents timely repertory productions "Good Kids" and "Dog Sees God" open this week in the Studio Theatre

October 10, 2016 by | CoPA News

This week, the Department of Theatre opens with two repertory productions focused on timely issues that are found in today’s headlines and faced by today’s youth. Good Kids by Naomi Iizuka, directed by James Gardner, and Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead by Bert V. Royal, directed by Nanci Ruby, begin an alternating schedule October 11 through

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