This semester’s student director is senior Kennedy Kemmerer. Kennedy is a double major in Theatre Studies, with a Directing/Performance emphasis, and Business Administration. For this year’s one-act she chose The Yellow Boat written by David Saar. We interviewed Kennedy to get a better understanding of her experience at Chapman and her directorial process. The Director
Dean Giulio Ongaro of the College of Performing Arts has announced the addition of several new faculty this semester. “We are very excited to introduce an exceptional group of new faculty of distinction,” he said. “Headed by the internationally renowned choreographer Dwight Rhoden, who joins us just as we are opening the new spectacular Sandi
Once upon a time, there was a young man born in a small town called Stratford-upon-Avon. He grew up and wrote a play called A Midsummer Night’s Dream which became one of the most-produced and beloved plays of the European/American theatrical canon. William Shakespeare’s work has captivated the heart, body, and soul of audiences, drawing
The College of Performing Arts welcomes three new music and theatre faculty for fall semester 2021. Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music Octavio Cárdenas Instructor Director, Opera Chapman Octavio Cárdenas is a critically acclaimed opera stage director, having led a wide range of productions in opera venues throughout the United States, including Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera
The Department of Theatre announced its production lineup for the 2021 – 2022 season under the theme “Changing Seasons,” inspired by the Torah, or Old Testament, Book of Ecclesiastes 3:1. Department Chair John Benitz said, “This particular biblical verse describes a time and place for all things: a time of birth and death, laughter and
This semester, College of Performing Arts (CoPA) students enjoyed the opportunity to work with three esteemed industry professionals as part of our newly launched CoPA Conscious Speaker Series, which aims to celebrate the talent of BIPOC artists allow allow the Chapman community to hear and learn from diverse perspectives. The series was spearheaded by Dr.
Knowing your passions and talents is one thing, but knowing how to craft a career path can be quite another! Luckily, CoPA students have access to plenty of support from their faculty as well as the CoPA Career Advisor. It can also be helpful to see examples of career paths from other students and alumni.
The College of Performing Arts recently bid farewell to a beloved and long-serving staff member as Bonita “Bonnie” Walker retired after 32 years of service at Chapman University. “Bonnie has been a fixture of the theatre department and CoPA for a long time, and I have really appreciated her unflagging dedication to our students, who
Due to our small class sizes, conservatory-style training, and the personalized education for which Chapman University, CoPA students develop a strong sense of community that continues to serve them well after graduation. Recently, Monica Furman (BFA Theatre Performance ’17) interviewed Leah McKendrick (BFA Theatre Performance ’08) and McKendrick’s producing partner Mariah Owen about their newest
The Chapman University Department of Theatre announced “HOME” as the theme for its 2020–21 production season. “When this theme was chosen, we had no inkling just how much time everyone would be spending at home in 2020,” said Department Chair John Benitz. “We look forward to welcoming “home” students, faculty, staff, and audiences returning to