Welcome to Theatre Arts & Performance Studies

Black Lives Matter: Our Solidarity Statement 


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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.



Halloween New Play Festival

Halloween New Play Festival
A Festival of Spooky Play Readings & Workshops
by Brown University students.

October 30 – November 1
Virtual on Zoom & Youtube

Registration is required. 
You will receive the link to the Zoom Webinar in your registration confirmation email. 


(Distributed October 29, 2020)

Black Lives Matter: Our Solidarity Statement

As artists and scholars of different backgrounds comitted to making, researching, and teaching theatre, dance, and performance, we write to express our solidarity with all those protesting this country’s ongoing, centuries-long legacy of racism and anti-Black violence.

(Distributed June 5, 2020)

Lucas Baisch receives the Master’s Award for Professional Excellence.

Lucas BaischLucas Baisch Lucas Baisch, is graduating with a master of fine arts in Playwriting. He will receive the Master’s Award for Professional Excellence. This award recognizes outstanding contributions by a Brown University Master’s student which influence or contribute to the field or profession. Such professional development may be accomplished during fieldwork, internship, or capstone experiences, for example.


(Distributed May 22, 2020)