Brown University’s Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies is home to three Graduate Programs: a Doctoral Program in Theatre and Performance Studies, a Masters of Fine Arts in Playwriting, and the Brown/Trinity MFA in Acting and Directing, housed at Trinity Repertory Theater Company in downtown Providence.
The application deadline for both the MFA in Playwriting and the Doctoral Program is December 15.
The application deadline for the Brown/Trinity MFA in Acting and Directing is January 8.
For questions about the application process (including GRE/TOEFL submission, LORs, transcripts, and other technical questions), please contact the Graduate School directly at Admission_Graduate@brown.edu. Applications to the Ph.D. and MFA programs are submitted to, and managed through, the Graduate School. Please do not email the department with technical questions or requests to troubleshoot your online application submission. You can find detailed instructions about the application process and components here. The application FAQ can be found here.
Transcripts and letters of recommendation and any other supplementary materials should also be sent to directly to the Graduate School mailing address. Sending application materials directly to TAPS will delay the processing of your application.
The program is unique in its equal commitment to creative practice and theory. MFA and PhD students collaborate on performance projects formally and informally throughout their graduate careers, on projects such as Writing is Live. MFA playwrights and directors attend courses on the Brown campus and join in critical theoretical discussions about theatre and performance on a regular basis.
The PhD Program in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies stresses research and scholarship in theatre history, theory and criticism, and performance studies. Faculty members encourage rigorous and creative thought that engage performance modes and methodologies from the humanities and social sciences. Faculty and graduate student research includes work on theatre, performance in everyday life, festival, film, dance, new media and animation. As a top-ranking program in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, our doctoral students have a 100 percent placement rate in postdoctoral and/or faculty positions.
The MFA Program in Playwriting is unique in its focus on writing in multiple genres (performance, theatre, media, installation, etc.). Deeply committed to global perspective, formal innovation and social change, Brown's program is truly unique. Many of our playwrights have gone on to win major international and national awards, prestigious residencies and global recognition.
Committed to creating whole artists, the MFA Program in Acting and Directing offers actors and directors interdisciplinary artistic training. Graduates of the program continue to earn their way onto well-known stages, into avant-garde collaborations and film.
For more information, The Graduate School Handbook for Admitted Students can be found here. The TAPS departmental handbook for grad students can be found here. Please note pertinent University web resources should be regarded as the primary references for degree requirements and options.
For questions about the PhD program, contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Rebecca Schneider at Rebecca_Schneider@brown.edu.
For questions about the MFA Playwriting program, contact the Head of Playwriting, Erik Ehn, Erik_Ehn@brown.edu.
For questions about the MFA in Acting and Directing, contact the program administrator, Jill Jann at firstname.lastname@example.org.