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Alumna to Alumna CoPA mentorship & collaboration persist after graduation

June 11, 2020 by Monica Furman | CoPA News

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

“Play(s) at Home” Virtual play festival by Chapman Theatre alumni tackles isolation issues during pandemic

April 2, 2020 by | Theatre

Stages around the world may be dark right now, but College of Performing Arts (CoPA) alumni continue to create and engage while keeping isolated for safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chase Hauser (BFA Theatre Performance ’17) and Lena Romano (B.A. Theatre Studies ’17) are founding members of Connective Theatre Company (Chicago, IL) which recently staged

Machinal: True Story of 1920’s Spouse Killer

April 15, 2014 by | CoPA News

Inspired by the infamous 1927 murder trial of spouse killer Ruth Snyder, Machinal is the powerful tale of one woman’s isolation in a life that’s been entirely decided for her. Snyder is trapped first in a dead-end job, then forced to marry her boss and have a baby with him. But when she begins to discover her

Jenny Putney ’09 Performing in La Jolla

September 30, 2013 by | CoPA News

Theatre alumna Jenny Putney ’09 is in the cast of Our Town, playing at the La Jolla Playhouse Oct. 3-6 as part of the With Out Walls Festival.  In this new version of Our Town, a group of twenty-somethings invites the audience over for a party under the stars!

Theatre Alumna Wins Ovation Award

September 25, 2013 by | CoPA News

Kellie Spill ’12 won the Ovation Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in Triassic Parq The Musical at the Chance Theater.   In addition, Matthew McCray ’98 was nominated for Best Director of a Play for Our Class with Son of Semele Ensemble.  Read more about The Ovation Awards in the Los

Theatre Alumnus to Debut Play at South Coast Repertory

May 20, 2013 by | CoPA News

Eternal Thou by Matthew McCray (’98) will be presented at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA from June 6-9, 2013. Framed by the spiritual philosophies of the mystic Martin Buber, Eternal Thou is a high-tech science fiction drama about the future of the Internet and man’s search for spiritual enlightenment. In Eternal Thou, the

Theatre Alumna Performing at A Noise Within

April 24, 2013 by | CoPA News

Theatre alumna Malia Wright (’12) is playing the role of Dorinda in  The Beaux’ Stratagem at A Noise Within in Pasadena, CA.  This restoration comedy by George Farquhar, directed by Julia Rodriguez Elliott, is playing through May 26, 2013.  The production received a terrific review from the Los Angeles Times .  Visit A Noise

Theatre Alumnus Performing in Belz! A Jewish Vaudeville Musical

March 13, 2013 by | CoPA News

Lance Frantzich (’12) is currently appearing in Belz! A Jewish Vaudeville Musical at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, CA.  In this revival, 18 actors play 65 characters, sing an array of original and traditional Jewish songs, and tell dozens of jokes.  Revolving around a fictitious Jewish comedian, Hugo Schwartz, audiences travel through five decades, beginning

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