Welcome to Theatre Arts & Performance Studies

The health and safety of the Brown community continues to be Brown University’s highest priority. Based on evolving information about the spread of COVID-19 across the country and the world all Brown University Theatre Arts & Performance Studies events have been canceled. 

For more information on Brown’s response to COVID-19 please visit https://covid.brown.edu/

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.



Remembering Don B. Wilmeth

Don B. Wilmeth 2015 Lecture, courtesy of Brown University LibraryDon B. Wilmeth 2015 Lecture, courtesy of Brown University Library

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Emeritus Professor of Theatre Arts & Performance Studies, Don B. Wilmeth.


Don led the department for many of his 36 years at Brown until he retired in 2003. He was a tireless and important scholar of American popular culture and performance, a renowned teacher and editor and a sometime actor. Please see his full bio below. 

(Distributed February 26, 2020)

American Society for Theatre Research, Brown University Awardees

 Professor Rebecca Schneider and PhD alum Michelle Liu Carriger at the 2019 ASTR awards ceremony 

We are thrilled to announce that faculty, current students, and alums of Brown's PhD Program in Theatre and Performance Studies have been recognized for their scholarly achievements at this year's conference of the American Society for Theatre Research:

(Distributed November 18, 2019)

Brown University’s Department of Theatre Arts & Performance Studies’ Sock & Buskin announce their 2019 - 2020 season. This season marks the 118th Sock & Buskin season and 50-years of Dance at Brown

 Photo Credit: Kate Noel

Celebrating 50-years of Dance at Brown, the season will kick off with the annual Family Weekend Dance Concert performed in Ashamu Dance Studio, October 18 - 20. Featuring works choreographed by faculty, alumni and guest artists from the Providence community, Family Weekend Dance welcomes students and their families into the dance community at Brown and marks the beginning of a new year of art making and community engagement.

(Distributed July 5, 2019)