The Chapman University College of Performing Arts is proud to announce the addition of a new interdisciplinary minor in musical theatre for the 2019–20 academic year.

The musical theatre minor is designed to give students an understanding of the function of the various elements of musical theatre production. Demanding, rigorous training is offered, with a focus on performance. Dance candidates will take classes in music and theatre, music candidates will take classes in dance and theatre, and theatre candidates will take classes in music and dance. A non-dance, music, or theatre major will take courses in all three areas.

Auditions for the minor take place at the end of the spring semester of the first year of study or upon entry to a CoPA program if a transfer student. This audition is conducted by faculty from the three disciplines (dance, music, and theatre) in the College of Performing Arts and entails a thorough review of the student’s background in musical theatre and aptitude either as a dancer, musician, or actor.

All currently enrolled 2018–19 academic year first- and second-year students at Chapman University are eligible to apply for this minor.

To begin the admission process for the minor program, contact Dr. Louise Thomas, associate dean, academic affairs in the College of Performing Arts, to determine the possibility of completing the requirements for the minor in time to graduate:

Auditions for the 2019–20 academic year will be held May 3, 2019 from 1–4 p.m. in Partridge Dance Center, Studio 108. Students may sign up at