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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

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:

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

Remembering Chapman’s former director of choral music, Sheldon Disrud

January 4, 2016 by Dawn Bonker | CoPA News

Sheldon Disrud, an early director of choral music who helped many Chapman University alumni land singing jobs at Disneyland and launch music education careers, has died. Disrud passed away Dec. 13 in Fullerton, Calif. He was 91. Disrud was among the first faculty who joined Chapman when it moved to the City of Orange in

‘If All the Sky Were Paper’ staged for Veterans Day 2015 Show opens tonight at iconic Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, CA

November 11, 2015 by | CoPA News

Just in time for Veterans Day 2015:  If All the Sky Were Paper, the war letters-based play by Chapman University’s Chancellor Fellow Andrew Carroll and directed by Department of Theatre professor and co-chair John Benitz, shows tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Santa Barbara’s iconic Lobero Theatre. This compelling drama was created from Carroll’s New York Times bestselling books

Join the Conversation: Memory, Loss, and Love in Sarah Ruhl’s ‘Eurydice’ Free pre-show talk on November 12, 2015

November 9, 2015 by | CoPA News

The public is invited to a complimentary pre-show talk for the Thursday, November 12, 2015 opening of Eurydice in Chapman University’s Waltmar Theatre.  Eurydice is Sarah Ruhl’s modern, feminist reimagining of the classic Greek myth of Orpheus. The story is told through the perspective of Eurydice, the wife of Orpheus, who dies tragically on her wedding day. Beginning

CoPA students coalesce creative talents for American Celebration Chapman entertainment showcase raises university-wide scholarship funds

November 9, 2015 by | CoPA News

For the 34th consecutive year, Chapman University students from the College of Performing Arts (CoPA) came together for two weeks to master vocal scores and choreography, lighting and sound designs, costuming and makeup to create two exciting evenings of professional-caliber entertainment to raise scholarship funds for the entire university. The November 6 and 7, 2015