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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
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  • Restrictions: CSUF applicants only
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Program Description:

Collaborative Arts Development Experience (CADE) provides unparalleled backstage access and impactful exposure to London's theatre scene to university students and lifelong learners.

CADE was created through the collaboration of three top Orange County Universities — UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, and Chapman University.



Program Details

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2017 PROGRAM IS OPEN! The two-week session, traveling July 15-29, 2017, includes immersion in the London theatre scene through backstage tours and talk-backs, the opportunity to work with the UK’s best actor training programs which may include RADA, ArtsEd, and The Globe, and access to the arts + culture that have made London a cultural hub for centuries.

  • World Premier of Groundhog Day at The Old Vic


STUDENTS AND RECENT GRADUATES - To be considered for enrollment, you must be interested in extending your training beyond the classroom. You must also have completed at least one year of university training, however you do not need to be a Drama or Theatre major to participate.

2017 Schedule - Activities Subject to Change

JULY 15      Depart United States for London, United Kingdon
JULY 16 Arrive in London, Travel to Stratford-upon-Avon, CADE Orientation, Walking Tour
JULY 17 Shakespeare's Birthplace, Actor Talk-Back, PERFORMANCE - Antony & Cleopatra @ The Royal Shakespeare Company, Travel to London
JULY 18 Housing Orientation, PERFORMANCES - Angels in America (Parts 1 & 2) @ National Theatre
JULY 19 WORKSHOPS @ ArtsEd - Day 1
JULY 20 TOURS - Red Bus, Thames River, PERFORMANCE - 42nd Street @ Theatre Royal Drury Lane
JULY 21 WORKSHOPS @ ArtsEd - Day 2
JULY 22 WORKSHOPS @ Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA)
JULY 23 FREE DAY - Explore London!
JULY 24 PERFORMANCE - A Tale of Two Cities @ Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
JULY 25 WORKSHOPS @ Shakespeare's Globe, PERFORMANCE - Much Ado About Nothing @ Shakespeare's Globe
JULY 26 PERFORMANCE - The Girls @ Phoenix Theatre London
JULY 27 FAREWELL DINNER @ Joe Allen, PERFORMANCE - The Play That Goes Wrong @ Duchess Theatre
JULY 28 FREE DAY - Explore London!
JULY 29 Depart London for Los Angeles

Meet the Faculty and Staff

 John B. Benitz

 Associate Professor, Chapman University – John is Chair of the Department of Theatre at Chapman University. He directed Annette Bening,  Laura Dern, and Common, among others, at theatres such as The Kennedy Center and The Kirk Douglas Theatre. He acted Off-Broadway at the  Victory Gardens Theatre and Fountain Theatre, as well as in various television and film roles. John wrote and directed the award-winning film  Children of the Struggle, recognized by the NAACP Film Commission for its “true and poignant portrayal of the fight for black voting rights”, and  shown in film festivals, on PBS’ KQED, and in high schools and colleges nationwide to commemorate Black History Month. John received his  undergraduate degree from Sarah Lawrence College and his MFA in Acting from Brandeis University.

 Mitch Hanlon

 Professor, CSU Fullerton – A highly sought after artist and coach, Mitch has worked at the Hollywood Bowl for 20 seasons, as pianist, vocal  director, and Assistant Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He has worked with many stars including Julie Andrews, Kristin Chenoweth,  Patrick Stewart, John Lithgow, Patti LuPone, Jeremy Irons and Carol Burnett, has accompanied many more including Audra McDonald, Chita  Rivera, Bernadette Peters, Marin Mazzie, Hugh Jackman, Shirley MacLaine, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Alice Ripley. He is the founder of the  Mitch Hanlon Singers. Mr. Hanlon is Professor of Musical Theatre at California State University Fullerton and Coordinator for the nationally- acclaimed BFA program in Musical Theatre.


 Don Hill

 Senior Lecturer, UC Irvine – Don has worked for 35 years as a stage manager, production manager, director, producer and union negotiator  including at the Los Angeles Theatre Center and the Geffen Playhouse. Hill worked with Tony Award winning producer Barry Brow on Company in  Concert and with such personalities as Carol Burnett, Bebe Neuwirth, Bill Pullman, Philip Baker Hall and Elaine Stritch. Hill served on the board of  LA Stage Alliance, as production stage manager for the LA Actors Fund Tony Awards Gala, and as an active member of Western Regional Stage  Manager’s Committee for Actors’ Equity. He is currently the Head of the Graduate Stage Management at UC Irvine and has been voted  Outstanding Professor of the Year at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts in 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

 Bill Lett

 Professor, CSU Fullerton – Bill is an award-winning choreographer specializing in dance for musical theatre who holds a Master of Fine Arts  Degree in Dance from California State University, Long Beach and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre from the University of  Arizona in addition to his training at the EPCOT Institute of Entertainment Arts, the Academy of Dance on Film, and the Goodsell Grande Institute  for the Arts and Humanities. As a performer, he has worked in regional theatre, civic light opera, television, voice over and film, including work for,  CBS, NBC Touchstone Pictures and The Walt Disney Company. Bill has served on the faculty at the Orange County High School of the Arts, the  College of the Desert and currently is a master clinician for The Walt Disney Company: Disney Performing Arts and a Senior Lecturer in Musical  Theater and Dance at California State University, Fullerton.


 Brandon Force

 Program Coordinator, CADE – Originally from Orange County, Brandon received a BFA in Theatre Performance from Chapman University in  2005. Upon graduating, Brandon moved to London, where he has worked ever since as an actor, director and theatrical agent. He is an Associate  Director at the London Theatre Workshop where he directed Romeo & Juliet, Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness!, and Tennessee Williams’ Interior:  Panic. Acting credits include Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Comedy of Errors, Richard III, and  Assassins. Force has over 3 years’ experience working as a theatrical agent’s assistant at Mitchell Maas McLennan (London) and he has spent  the last year working as a junior agent for Boland & Reeve (London).


 Megan MacDonald

 Program Director, CADE – Megan is an experienced arts manager who joined the staff at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts in January 2012.  Prior to beginning her position at UC Irvine, Megan completed her MA in Arts Management at Claremont Graduate University, and held positions  in cultural hubs including in the Cultural Affairs unit at the City of West Hollywood, the Arts Council for Long Beach and the Pasadena Arts  Council. Megan completed her BA in Art History at Occidental College and continues to act as a mentor to the Occidental Women’s Soccer Team  where she was a three year captain and a four year starter as a student.


What's Included

FLIGHTS: Participants will depart from and return to Los Angeles (LAX) on pre-determined flights to the London area. You are responsible for obtaining transportation to and from LAX. If you would prefer to fly in and out of another U.S. airport, your total fee to participate will decrease $800, however, you must arrange your own flight.

HOUSING: Apartment-Style Flats will be provided in central London with easy access to the city center, SoHo and the West End. For an additional fee of $700, housing can be provided in an area hotel.

TRANSPORTATION: Participants will be provided with travel cards giving you the freedom to travel on London’s excellent bus and tube system within Zones 1 and 2.

MEALS: Lunch will be provided each day in addition to a culminating dinner on the last day of the trip.

WORKSHOPS: Workshops are open to students only and will take place in partnership with the UK’s premier dramatic education institutions. Workshops include:

  • RADA – Movement, Voice, Acting Actions, Clowning
  • Globe Education – Reading Stage Practices in Shakespearean Texts, Stage Combat, Globe Performance Practice
  • ArtsEd – English Musical Theatre Development, Period Dance, British Music Hall, Restoration Comedy

TICKETS: Participants will receive tickets to seven shows currently running on London’s West End. Shows may include:

  • Antony & Cleopatra – The Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Angels in America (Parts 1 and 2) – National Theatre
  • 42nd Street – Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
  • A Tale of Two Cities – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
  • Much Ado About Nothing – Shakespeare’s Globe
  • The Girls – Phoenix Theatre London
  • The Play That Goes Wrong – Duchess Theatre

INTERACTIONS: Some of London’s outstanding industry professionals will provide talk-backs, Q&As and backstage access to participants in conjunction with many of the performances.

How to Apply

STUDENTS:  CSUF Students must complete the CSUF application by April 14th, 2017.  Approval through the CSUF study abroad office will permit staff members to complete any necessary administrative tasks on the students' behalf.  Click "Apply Now" above to complete the CSUF application.

In addition, students approved through CSUF must also complete the CADE application.  Students, who will participate in the workshops, must submit an Artist Statement, Resume and Letter of Recommendation and be accepted into CADE by the program itself, not only by the CSUF study abroad office.  

CADE Application Link

CSUF Application:  April 14, 2017
CADE Application: June 1, 2017 - Deposits are due upon admission to the program.
CADE Payment:    June 1, 2017 - All fees due.


CSUF Application Questions:

CADE Program Questions: Contact Program Director Megan MacDonald at UC Irvine with questions and for more information:
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
UC Irvine
200 Mesa Arts Building
Irvine, CA 92697-2775

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Photo Credits: 2016 CADE Program Participants

This program is currently not accepting applications.