Welcome to Theatre Arts & Performance Studies

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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.



Memorial Service for James O Barnhill

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There will be a memorial service for Jim Barnhill at the First Baptist Church in America at 75 North Main Street in Providence on May 23rd at 11:00AM. This would have been Jim's 100th birthday. All are welcome. Please spread the word.

(Distributed May 13, 2022)

Seayoung Yim '22 MFA, Yale Drama Series Winner!

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A huge congratulations to Seayoung Yim '22 MFA, who has been announced as the winner of the 2022 Yale Drama Series for her play Jar of Fat.




(Distributed March 23, 2022)

Theatre Arts & Performance Studies Welcomes Four New Faculty Members

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(Distributed September 16, 2021)

Theater Alaska's 2021 Alaska Writers Workshop featuring Alum

Theater Alaska announced 23 writers participating in 2021 Alaska Writers Workshop 

"Theater Alaska (Producing Artistic Director, Flordelino Lagundino '15 MFA; General Manager, Jennifer Lagundino) announced the twenty-three writers who will be participating in the 2021 Alaska Writers Workshop, which offers a cohort of Alaskan writers the space and time to develop their writing for performance. 

(Distributed March 2, 2021)