Welcome to Theatre Arts & Performance Studies

The Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies (TAPS) is the intellectual and artistic center at Brown for faculty and students interested in the aesthetic, historical, literary, practical, and theorectical explorations of performance in gobal perspective - theatre, dance, speech, performance art, and performative "roles" in everyday life.

In addition to the Undergraduate Program, the department offers a Doctoral Program in Theatre and Performance Studies, an MFA Program in Playwriting, and the Brown/Trinity MFA Programs in Acting and Directing.

The department is also a part of the Engaged Scholarship Program at Brown University. The program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study performance theory while simultaneously working with communities outside of the university to create and investigate socially engaged performance that tackles complex social issues.



TAPS Graduate Student, Alums Named Winners in ASTR Awards 2015

Two TAPS alums, and one current graduate student, have been named among the winners of this year's American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) awards. ASTR sponsors or coordinates several awards, grants, fellowships, and prizes to support and recognize outstanding scholarship in theatre and performance studies.

(Distributed November 16, 2015)

PRESS RELEASE: Brown Theatre Confirms Kira Hawkridge, Completes All-Women Roster of Directors for 2015-16 Season

Brown University Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies this week confirmed Kira Hawkridge as the final director for the 2015-16 performance season. Joining Brown Theatre’s roster of all women directors for the season, Hawkridge will welcome in the spring with a production of Shakespeare’s comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (March 3-6 & 10-13, Stuart Theatre).

(Distributed November 2, 2015)