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.

 

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Senior Slot Productions: Deadline Approaching

Senior Slot Productions are an excellent opportunity for a capstone experience in the Department of Theatre Arts and Performnce Studies. Application deadlines for both the Theatre and Dance Senior Slot Productions are approaching Get your application in soon!

Check the Undergradute Handbook for full details.

Dance Senior Slot Production

Students must apply for the slot in the Spring semester of their junior year for production in the Spring semester of their senior year.  If no proposals are submitted, there will not be a dance senior slot that season.

(Distributed February 16, 2017)

PRESS RELEASE: Rhythm of Change 2017

Brown University Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies will host a hip hop summit, Rhythm of Change Festival 2017, from February 24 to 26 at Lyman Hall on the main campus at Brown University. 

(Distributed February 14, 2017)

PRESS RELEASE: In The Heights

Brown University Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies and Sock & Buskin present their first show of the spring semester 2017. In The Heights conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda (the man behind the Hamilton phenomenon) runs March 2 through 12 in Stuart Theatre on the main campus at Brown University. 

(Distributed February 10, 2017)

PRESS RELEASE: Writing Is Live 2017

Writing is Live Returns To Showcase New Writing for Performance in February 

The Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University proudly announces the eighth annual Writing is Live festival, a presentation of new writing for performance by writers in Brown University’s MFA Playwriting program.

(Distributed January 20, 2017)

PRESS RELEASE: Hecuba by Marina Carr, directed by Sienna Vann '17

Brown University Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies and Sock & Buskin present the third show of their 2016–17 season. Hecuba, a modern reimagining written by Marina Carr and directed by senior student Sienna Vann ‘17, runs December 1 through 4 in Leeds Theatre on the main campus at Brown University. 

(Distributed November 21, 2016)