Theatre Arts and Performance Studies


The Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies (TAPS) is the intellectual and artistic center for the aesthetic, historical, literary, practical, and theoretical explorations of performance in global perspective – theatre, dance, speech, time-based art, and even performative “roles” in everyday life. The TAPS concentration offers three tracks with many points of overlap among them: Performance Studies, Theatre Arts, and Writing for Performance. Concentrators gain exposure to a broad spectrum of performance modes  and methods -- acting, directing, dance, and writing, and chose an avenue of focus among them.  Everyone graduates having studied craft, gained familiarity with history, and investigated the role of performance arts in culture.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Gain skill in one or more of the practical crafts of theatre, dance, public speaking, or performance art
  • Increase abilities in speech and communication
  • Gain familiarity with the history of theater, dance, and other performing arts from transnational perspectives
  • Explore areas of performance theory
  • Gain familiarity with dramatic texts and theatrical contexts
  • Enhance their writing abilities
  • Produce a body of creative work
  • Create a capstone project in the senior year


Click here for a list of the TAPS concentration requirements, including capstone requirements.
For more information about this concentration, please visit the department's website.

Honors and Capstones

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Candidates for the Honors program should have an outstanding academic record and should apply to the Department by the seventh semester. They must enroll in TAPS 1990 and complete an honors thesis, the topic of which would be determined before Semester 7. Honors theses proposals are due April 1 of the student’s junior year. Proposals can  be submitted electronically to Please visit the Undergraduate Handbook for additional guidelines.


  • Performance Studies
  • Theatre Arts
  • Writing for Performance

Liberal Learning

This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:

  • Enhance your aesthetic sensibility
  • Expand your reading skills
  • Collaborate fully
  • Understand differences among cultures
  • Embrace diversity
  • Engage with your community
  • Learn what it means to study the past
  • Evaluate human behavior
  • Work on your speaking and writing

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Graduating Class

Year Total Capstone Honors
201020 20 
201115 13 
201220 20 
201320 20 

Alumni Pathways

Theatre Arts and Performance Studies alumni work in a range of areas, including as media and finance executives, management consultants, physicians, engineers, architects, as well as in the arts and entertainment as directors, singers, lighting designers, and actors. Visit the TAPS website for more information.

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If you are an advisor and would like to make changes to the information on this page, contact, or email Dean Besenia Rodriguez.