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.
Students in this concentration will:
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 Professor Patricia Ybarra, the Honors Thesis Advisor. Please visit the TAPS website for additional guidelines and eligibility requirements.
This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:
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.