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New Music and Theatre Faculty for Fall 2021

August 27, 2021 by | CoPA News

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

College of Performing Arts appoints new Assistant Professor of Theatre Technology Edward Lapine joins Department of Theatre beginning fall semester 2016

June 6, 2016 by | CoPA News

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

‘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

Shakespeare expert directs CU theatre students in “Hamlet”

February 11, 2015 by | CoPA News

Once in a while, college theatre students have an opportunity to perform in a heavyweight Shakespearean classic. But rarely do they have the chance to be directed by a regional icon of the genre and in a performance of what’s arguably regarded as a touchstone for English literature. For the past four weeks, Chapman

If All the Sky Were Paper Featured on CNN

December 9, 2013 by | CoPA News

If All the Sky Were Paper, directed by associate professor of theatre John Benitz, was featured on a CNN segment that aired on Veterans Day that also included an interview with playwright Andrew Carroll.  Professor Benitz also appeared on WAMC radio , the NPR station for Upstate NY, Western Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and New Jersey

Theatre Professor and Her Newly Released Book at the Big Orange Book Festival

October 2, 2013 by | CoPA News

Dr. Theresa R. Dudeck, our new instructor of theatre, will be representing the College of Performing Arts at the Big Orange Book Festival and signing copies of her newly released book, Keith Johnstone: A Critical Biography (London: Bloomsbury, 2013).  This biography is the first written on Johnstone, a pioneer of improvisation and the creator of Theatresports, who

Theatre Professor Published in African American Review

October 1, 2013 by | CoPA News

Assistant professor of theatre Dr. Jocelyn L. Buckner published the essay “’Spectacular Opacities’: The Hyers Sisters’ Performances of Respectability and Resistance” in the peer-reviewed African American Review issue 45.3,  subtitled “Special Issue: On Black Performance.” This essay analyzes the Hyers Sisters, a Reconstruction-era African American sister act, and their radical efforts to transcend

More Faculty News

September 3, 2013 by | CoPA News

Robin Kish, assistant professor of dance, was invited as a guest faculty member for the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science course titled Healthy Dance Practice and Performance, and guest speaker at the preconference education workshop at the annual conference of the Performing Arts Medicine Association in Snowmass, CO, where she also presented original

College of Performing Arts Faculty Work in Europe This Summer

August 27, 2013 by | CoPA News

Many of our faculty members traveled across the Atlantic this summer to teach and perform.  Highlights include: Robert Becker, assistant professor of music, was invited to Cremona, Italy as a guest concerto soloist, chamber music artist, and string adjudicator for the International Music Competition and Festival. Assistant professor of theatre Donald Guy and associate professor of

OC-centric New Play Festival Returns for 2013

August 1, 2013 by | CoPA News

Founded by associate professor of theatre Tamiko Washington, OC-centric: Orange County’s New Play Festival returns to campus for its third straight year.  OC-centric brings Chapman theatre majors together to work alongside professional actors and directors. The festival is promoted across the Southland and is quickly becoming a destination for exciting new theatre.  Tickets

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