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.



TAPS announces continued hiatus for Playwrights Rep in 2016.

The Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies announces a continued hiatus for the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory Theatre season in 2016.

Playwrights Rep has been a central feature in the New England performance calendar and a fertile ground for the development of new work and new writers for many years. The program has continually evolved, shifting its form to meet the needs of the emerging writers it supports and the audiences that have loyally attended the summer festival year after year.

(Distributed April 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)

Dancing Forever

The Brown Alumni Magazine (BAM) spent time with Julie Adams Strandberg (Senior Lecturer, Dance) for their May/June issue. The article describes Strandberg's groundbreaking and highly successful work with the American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI) which exists to enable individuals to appreciate and participate in America’s rich dance heritage and recognize it as a cultural asset relevant to all.

(Distributed June 3, 2016)