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Four Weeks for Twelfth Night is Theatre Students’ Dream Come True

January 29, 2013 by | CoPA News

Tucked off the main campus, down in the rehearsal studios of the Entertainment Technology Center on Palm Avenue, there’s some serious fun under way. Students are drinking, dancing, jesting and carousing their way through a wacky love triangle of a story. Oh, and there’s cross dressing. And a shipwreck. If it sounds

Shakespeare is Coming!

October 30, 2012 by | CoPA News

The bard is back in the Department of Theatre!  Twelfth Night, or What You Will by William Shakespeare is a comedy about a cross-dressing, ship-wreck surviving, poetry-loving girl (Viola) who finds herself at the center of a not-so-average love triangle.  Full of music, riotous behavior, drink, dance and giving in to self-indulgence, it is thought

Busy Interterm 2013 for College of Performing Arts Students

October 29, 2012 by | CoPA News

  Students of the College of Performing Arts will be traveling the country as well as honing their skills on the Chapman campus in January 2013.  The New York Theatre Tour will allow theatre students to analyze the interconnectedness of local and global influences within the New York theatre community, as

Author Andrew Carroll on If All the Sky Were Paper

September 7, 2012 by | CoPA News

The Department of Theatre will be bringing back a unique theatrical experience which premiered at Chapman in 2010.  Based on bestselling author Andrew Carroll’s journey around the world to collect letters written during wartime, If All the Sky Were Paper is a heartfelt drama seen through the eyes of both those on the war front

BFA Showcase and Student Produced One Acts

March 14, 2012 by | Performances

Every spring, students in the BFA Theatre Performance program prepare and perform in a showcase for Hollywood professionals. This performance opportunity allows them to network, meet top casting directors, and secure an agent before they graduate from Chapman. This year the BFA Showcase is directed by instructor of theatre Jonathan Pope Evans.  Jonathan is a

Elie Wiesel to Appear in the Waltmar Theatre

March 14, 2012 by | Performances

On April 16, The Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education and the Department of Theatre will present “A Readers’ Theatre Evening:  Excerpts from The Trial of God by Elie Wiesel”, directed by Theatre Chair Nina LeNoir.  Set in a Ukrainian village in 1649, following a pogrom in which all but two of the village’s Jews were

The Rimers of Eldritch: A Dark, Contemporary “Our Town”

January 31, 2012 by | Performances

The Department of Theatre had originally planned to produce the classic stage play Our Town this spring.  When, unexpectedly, the rights were no longer available, the Department Chair, Dr. Nina LeNoir, had to find a replacement for the season.  “I didn’t have to look very far,” she says, “as the Pulitzer-prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson’s play,

Theatre Majors Off to Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival!

January 31, 2012 by | Performances

The Chapman University Department of Theatre is fielding a team of 16 actors to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition at the Region VIII Festival of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) in Ogden, Utah, February 7-11, 2012.  Since 1972, the Irene Ryan Foundation has awarded scholarships to the outstanding student

New Play Announced for Spring 2012

November 3, 2011 by | Performances

Our spring season will now include the classic drama The Rimers of Eldritch by Lanford Wilson.  In a decaying Bible-belt town, a murder trial takes place.  Everyone knows who is guilty, but no one knows why.  In this award-winning Off Broadway play by Lanford Wilson, the everyday events of a small town in the Midwest

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