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 theoretical explorations of performance in global 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.

 

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

PRESS RELEASE: New Endowment fund for the Arts

(L to R): Elaine Hall, Julie Adams Strandberg, Linda Walder:

BROWN UNIVERSITY AND THE DANIEL JORDAN FIDDLE FOUNDATION FOR ADULT AUTISM ANNOUNCE NEW ENDOWMENT FUND FOR THE ARTS 

Foundation Gift Supports Theater Programs to Benefit Autistic Adults 

(Distributed September 20, 2016)

PRESS RELEASE: Brown University Theatre Announces 2016–2017 Season

Brown University Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies and Sock & Buskin are proud to announce the lineup for their 2016–17 season. As part of ongoing conversations around diversity and inclusion on campus at Brown University, this year’s season brings together diverse writers, writing, and performers that highlight the strengths and the challenges of making relevant performance in the modern world.

 

(Distributed September 13, 2016)

Jude Sandy '05, '09 MFA joins Trinity Rep's Resident Acting Company

Congratulations to Jude Sandy '05, '09 MFA as he joins Trinity Rep's resident acting company this summer.

The Providence Journal spoke with Sandy about his time in the Brown/Trinity MFA program, his successes on Broadway, and his decision to join Trinity's rep company.

Read the full article here.

(Distributed June 20, 2016)

Tony Award Winners

Congratulations to Brown alums Daveed Diggs '04 and Stephen Karam '02 for their recent success at the Tony Awards!

Daveed Diggs '04 was honored with the award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, for his performance as both the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in the current production of Hamilton at The Public Theater in New York. The show also picked up the award for Best Musical.

(Distributed June 20, 2016)