If a live audition is not possible, an applicant may upload a prerecorded video
audition (one monologue for BA, Theatre Studies; two monologues for BFA candidates)
or portfolio (technical theatre) and the accompanying supplemental materials. Recorded
auditions should follow the same guidelines for live auditions as specified below:
If your area of interest is Theatre Studies:
Prepare one contemporary monologue from a dramatic text (not a screenplay), approximately
90 seconds in length. In addition, you may submit an example or examples of any
work you have done in addition to acting, which may include samples from stage management
promptbooks, scripts you have written, photos from plays you have directed, or other
examples of work in theatre.
If your area of interest is Theatre Technology:
Prepare a technical/design portfolio of your production work. Your portfolio should
consist of 5 to 10 pieces of your technical or design work that demonstrate your
experience in areas of particular interest to you and your range of skills. If you
have technical drawings or drafts, submit them along with a pictorial representation
of the executed drawings. Beginning technicians who do not have a portfolio of drawings
may use photographs or their resume to show the work they have done. Portfolios
will be evaluated on creativity, ability to communicate the artistic and creative
process, range of skills demonstrated, and potential for growth.
If your area of interest is Acting and you plan to audition for one of the BFA degree
programs in the spring of your first year of study:
Prepare two monologues totaling together not more than three minutes. One should
be classical, preferably from a work of Shakespeare, and the other should be contemporary
(not from a screenplay). It is recommended that you choose pieces that are age appropriate.
Please do not use dialects, props or costumes. Monologue performances are evaluated
on preparation, use of language and text, clear intention and purpose, sense of
truth, emotional connection and availability, and range of vocal and physical expression
Supplemental Materials Required From All Theatre Major Applicants
The following materials are required by the Department of Theatre of all candidates
for Department admission and are to be provided directly to the Department. Please
upload these materials below. Do NOT send these materials to Admissions, or they
may not reach the Department and your application will be considered incomplete.
- Theatre Resume � This should include your training, teachers, performance
and backstage experience. Include the names of theatres and directors you have worked
with, as well as any media work you have done. You may want to include awards and
any summer scholarships you have received.
- Goal Statement � Write a goal statement up to one page in length that briefly
describes your long-term personal and professional goals and discuss how the area
of study you wish to pursue at Chapman (BA Theatre Studies, BA Theatre Technology,
BFA Theatre Performance or BFA Screen Acting) will help you meet those goals.
- One Letter of Recommendation � The letter should come from your most recent
theatre instructor or a professional with whom you have worked. (Note: this is in
addition to the recommendation provided to the Admissions Department.)
- Photo � All we need is a photo to identify you. Professional headshots are
Please do not provide any additional materials. They will not be reviewed and cannot
In addition, it is your responsibility to ensure all other application documents
required by the Office of Admission are submitted as outlined in the Undergraduate Application Information. Admission decisions
are not made until applications have been completed and processed in their entirety.
Your application is considered incomplete until you have completed your audition.
Edited live performance videos are not acceptable. Students applying for
entrance to the Theatre major are required to upload the following:
- Video or Portfolio (if applicable)
- Theatre Resume
- Goal Statement
- Letter of Recommendation
Please upload these items where they are requested below - be aware that the file
size for each uploaded document/video should be under 50MB.
Videos should include an introduction, a brief discussion of your performing experience,
and statement of the degree program you intend to pursue at Chapman (BA Theatre
Studies or Theatre Technology, BFA Theatre Performance or BFA Screen Acting). Before
beginning your performance, please also speak the title of your piece and the authors.
Students auditioning by video upload may also be interviewed by phone at the discretion
of the division if further information is needed.
We request that all video auditions be a � body frame shot, with no zooming, closeups
or internal editing within each monologue. Use a simple, neutral background. Portfolio
uploads may include documents in a variety of formats and may include separate documents
with a brief narrative explaining each, or a single document that includes all examples.
Please provide information about each example.
Your audition video should be saved in one (1) of the following formats:
All accompanying documents can be uploaded in the following formats:
You can use any program you like to create your video/portfolio as long as it can
be saved as a file type listed above.
You may submit only one
video to this site. Make sure you are submitting the work that you would like to
be reviewed as no additions/corrections can be made once you upload. Uploaded videos/portfolios
become the property of Chapman University and will be used for the application review
process only. All videos/portfolios will be deleted after the admission process
- Please fill out the required fields on the Audition/Portfolio Upload below. Your
information should match the information you submitted on your application.
- Once you have successfully uploaded your video/accompanying documents, you will
receive an email confirmation to keep for your records - you will be contacted if
there is any problem with the uploaded file(s).
- If you are experiencing technical difficulties with this site or the upload process,
please contact our service desk at 714-997-6600 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for the service desk hours.
If you are unfamiliar with the standard free software for creating movies on your
computer, use these websites for assistance:
Windows Movie Maker