The Department offers a concentration in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies. Concentrators chose a "track" to study within the concentration -Theatre Arts, Performance Studies, or Writing for Performance. Students can all find a home in one of the tracks by working with faculty to best design their curricular choices (including self-designed concentrations.) During the summer months, the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep and its associated Theatre Apprentice Program offer students a view into the workings of a professional theatre.
Undergraduates at Brown make theatre, dance, and performance-based work all over campus. Plays have been written to be produced in bathtubs. Performances have been written for hallways, breezeways, walkways, as well as in our theatres. Work has been produced without a play in mind – improvised, found, choreographed on the spot. Other work has been incubated and nurtured for years at a time. Well-known plays from the dramatic canon are produced alongside lesser-known newcomers or buried treasures rarely produced. Some work is sudden. Other work long baked. Some work is surprising. Other work seems like a long lost friend – well known and well met. Some work takes multitudes, other work flies solo. The point is that there is a lot going on in a very exciting atmosphere of creative and intellectual exchange where traditions and heritages of craft are as highly valued as the rough draft of innovation and experimentation.
Classes are a key way to get to know faculty and other students well. But there are also shows to help out on as run crew. There are costumes to design and build, lights to hang, lines to memorize, muscles to stretch, voices to warm, directing projects to propose. There are producing boards to sit on and there are sets to design, productions to stage manage, dances to choreograph, plays to write, songs to write, philosophies to write, and –always – posters to hang.
Prospective students are welcome to visit our facilities and tours of our spaces can be arranged in advance by contacting the department directly. Additional campus tours and info sessions are available to prospective students through the Undergraduate Admissions Office. You are also encouraged to read our FAQ before coming to campus. The building and main office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30-5pm when school is in session (Sept - end of May) and 8:30am - 4pm during the summer (Memorial Day - August).