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.



New Spring 2018 Course

TAPS 0930C S01- Stage Movement for Actors and Directors

(Distributed January 26, 2018)

PRESS RELEASE: Flea Theater Project Residency 2017

Brown University Writing for Performance program introduced the class of 2017 to the New York performance scene last week as part of a new week-long playwriting residency developed in partnership with The Flea Theater, New York (Artistic Director, Niegel Smith). 

(Distributed May 1, 2017)

PRESS RELEASE: Festival of Dance 2017

Brown University Theatre presents Festival of Dance 2017. This annual dance concert highlights dance classics, creative innovation, and collaborations with artists from around the world. This year, the festival celebrates dance as cultural legacy and embodied storytelling.

Brown University Theatre proudly presents its annual end-of-year dance concert from May 4 to 7 in Stuart Theatre, rounding off the 2016-17 performance season.

(Distributed April 25, 2017)