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.



A Message from TAPS Chair, Dr. Patricia Ybarra

Dr. Patricia Ybarra is the President of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) as well as the Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University. In response to recent events on campus and across the country, Dr. Ybarra wrote the following note to the ATHE community, which we are pleased to share here.


December 3, 2015

(Distributed December 4, 2015)