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 Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College in Williamstown, MA.
Lapine joins the Chapman faculty with an extensive background in professional theatre and opera production, as well as production support for arts and special events presentations. Prior to Chapman, he served on the staff of the Yale School of Drama Technical Design and Production Department as Associate Head of Production and Student Labor Supervisor where he managed the student work-study program, supported the Head of Technical Design and Production Department, and managed technical support for events held in School of Drama venues by Yale and outside organizations.
“Ed will be a tremendous asset to the Technical Theatre program at Chapman and we welcome him to our faculty,” said Dr. Giulio Ongaro, Dean of the College of Performing Arts. “His extensive professional production management experience will allow us to expand our course offerings for technical theatre, and enhance our student mentoring as we help them prepare for their careers.”
Mr. Lapine has also worked in a variety of production management roles, including eight years as Director of Production for the Denver Center Theater Company (DCTC), and ten years as Production Manager for San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater (ACT). In both organizations, he served as a member of senior staff, helping set company policy, direct annual planning and operation, and conduct strategic planning. He managed design and technical support of a wide range of professional productions, including classical work, premieres and co-productions.
Mr. Lapine’s other professional work includes positions in technical management at the Santa Fe Opera, South Coast Repertory, and the Metropolitan Opera, as well as including management of presented companies (American Ballet Theatre, the Berlin Ballet, English National Opera). He has worked in film production, and has also worked outside of the arts where he was a partner in a company developing nanotechnology products. He began his professional career teaching theatre design at The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut.
About the College of Performing Arts
The Chapman University College of Performing Arts is home to the Departments of Dance and Theatre, and the William Hall and Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Conservatory of Music. The College offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Master of Music degree programs that meet the highest artistic and educational standards, taught by distinguished and award-winning faculty who are experienced, professional artists in their own right. With the recent opening of state-of-the-art Musco Center for the Arts, CoPA students have exceptional opportunities to learn, train, and hone their artistic craft at the highest levels through hands-on, real-world production technology and performances, preparing them for today’s professions and giving them all the tools necessary to succeed. For more information, visit www.chapman.edu/copa.
About Chapman University
Consistently ranked among the top universities in the West, Chapman University attracts highly qualified students from around the globe. Its programs are designed to encourage leadership in innovation, creativity and collaboration, and are increasingly recognized for providing an extraordinary educational experience. The university excels in the sciences and humanities, business and economics, educational studies, film and media arts, performing arts, and law. Student enrollment in graduate and undergraduate programs is over 8,000 and Chapman University alumni are found throughout the world. The campus is located at One University Drive, Orange, CA 92886. Visit us at www.chapman.edu.