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.



TAPS announces continued hiatus for Playwrights Rep in 2016.

The Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies announces a continued hiatus for the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory Theatre season in 2016.

Playwrights Rep has been a central feature in the New England performance calendar and a fertile ground for the development of new work and new writers for many years. The program has continually evolved, shifting its form to meet the needs of the emerging writers it supports and the audiences that have loyally attended the summer festival year after year.

(Distributed April 13, 2016)

Miranda Friel '16 announced as recipient of 2016 Dorothy Stickney Theatre Arts Scholarship

The Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies is delighted to announce that concentrator Miranda Friel '16 is the 2016 winner of the Dorothy Stickney Theatre Arts Scholarship, on the basis of her qualifications, aspirations, and achievements in design.

She will be presented with a check sponsored by the Zonta Club of New York. The award is given in Miss Stickney's name to the most promising graduate of a college or university whose major interest and undergraduate work has been in theatre.

(Distributed May 4, 2016)

Indian Summer by Gregory S. Moss picked up by Playwrights Horizons

Indian Summer, written by Gregory S. Moss, will be produced at Playwrights Horizons this May.  The piece was first produced as part of the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory summer season in 2014, directed by Kenneth Prestininzi.

Playwrights Horizons describes the play:

(Distributed May 4, 2016)

PRESS RELEASE: Writing is Live showcases third year thesis productions

Brown University Theatre presents two productions of new writing for performance this May, There Is No One Between You And Me by Dalia Taha ’16 MFA and Play: The Game –OR– Game: The Play by Rick Burkhardt ’16 MFA. The productions are written by final year students in the MFA Playwriting program in the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University as part of the year-round Writing is Live festival.


(Distributed April 20, 2016)