Courses for First-Years

FALL 2021

 

TAPS 0030: Introduction to Acting and Directing
TTH 3 - 5:20 PM | Lyman Hall 005
Connie Crawford: [email protected]
Explores basic acting/directing concepts from a variety of perspectives including the use of the actor's imagination/impulsivity in the creation of truthful, dramatic performance; the body, as a way of knowing and communicating knowledge; and the voice, as a means of discovering and revealing emotion/thought. There is a mandatory tech requirement and some evening hours are required. Please go to the TAPS website for specifics on admission and the technical requirement (http://brown.edu/go/TAPS0030)


TAPS 0100: Playwriting 1
Section 1: F 1 - 3:50 PM | J. Valles Morales: [email protected] 
S
ection 2: TTH 1 - 2:20 PM | Elmo Terry Morgan: [email protected]
A workshop for students who have little or no previous experience in writing plays. Students will be introduced to a variety of technical and imaginative considerations through exercises, readings and discussions. Course is not open to those who have taken Advanced Playwriting

 

TAPS 0200: Playwriting 2
T 1 - 3:50 PM | Lyman Hall 212
Alexa Derman: [email protected]
This course is an artistic laboratory and seminar that builds upon the fundamentals of Playwriting I. In this course we will bolster our writing practice with a toolbox of strategies to generate new writing, develop a revision process using peer feedback and exercises, read and discuss various plays and their mechanics, cultivate and act upon our creative curiosities to discover the forms that our ideas and stories want to be held in.


TAPS 0220: Persuasive Communication
Section 1: MW 9 - 11:50 AM | Section 2: MW 1 - 3:50 PM
Section 3: MW 9 - 11:50 AM | Section 4: MW 1 - 3:50 PM
Section 5: MW 9 - 11:50 AM
Online Course
Barbara Tannenbaum: [email protected]
Provides an introduction to public speaking, and helps students develop confidence in public speaking through the presentation of persuasive speeches. Primarily for seniors. Limited to 18. Instructor's permission required. No permission will be given during pre-registration; interested students should sign up well in advance on the TAPS 0220 waitlist (application form is at http://brown.edu/go/TAPS0220) and attend the first day of class. Attendance is mandatory.


TAPS 0250: Introduction to Technical Theatre and Production
MWF 10 - 11:50 AM | 50 John Street
Alexander Haynes: [email protected]
This course is an introduction to the basic principles of stagecraft, lighting and sound technology and the different elements of theatrical design

 

TAPS 0310: Beginning Modern Dance
MTWTH 1 - 2:20 PM | Lyman Hall 026, Ashamu Dance Studio
Julie Adams Strandberg: [email protected]
Michelle Bach-Coulibaly: [email protected]
Introduction to the art of movement. Focuses on building a common vocabulary based on ballet, vernacular forms, improvisation, Laban movement analysis, American modern dance, and the body therapies. Individual work is explored. One and one-half hours of class, four days a week.

 

TAPS 1100: Stage Management
M: 1 - 3:50 PM | Granoff Center for Creative Arts N430
Barbara Reo: [email protected]
To introduce students to the principles and techniques of modern stage management from script selection to closing. Through the study of various models of stage management (both professional and academic), students will develop an appreciation of the role of the stage manager as the facilitator, mediator and organizer of the production process. Students will apply theory learned in the classroom by stage-managing or assistant stage-managing a TAPS production and/or observing other TAPS and Trinity Rep stage managers during the production process.

 

TAPS 1280X: Compossible Worldbuilding
W: 3 - 5:30 PM | Online
Spencer Golub: [email protected]
This course involves project-making through the use of materials and influences that are in plain sight but perhaps not within the reach of what previous investigative methodologies allowed. Our small worlds will be mined for their alterity, their surreality, their complexity, their possibility and apparent impossibility. Students will be reading philosophy, fiction, movies, criticism, and above all, interior and exterior rooms and spaces that will feed into their worldbuilding.

 

TAPS 1281W: Arts and Health: Theory
Section 1: TTH 2:30 - 3:50 PM | Section 2: T 4 - 5:50 PM
Julie Adams Strandberg: [email protected]
Rachel Balaban: [email protected]
This course focuses on current research on and practices in arts and healing, with an emphasis on dance and music for persons with Parkinson's Disease (PD) and Autism (ASD). Includes guest lecturers, readings, field trips, and site placements. Admission to class will be through application in order to balance the course between self-identified artists and scientists and those primarily interested in PD and those primarily interested in ASD.

 

TAPS 1350: Dance Performance and Repertory
M 6:30 - 9:30 PM, W: 6:30 - 10 PM, TH 8 - 10 PM
Lyman Hall 026, Ashamu Dance Studio
Julie Adams Strandberg: [email protected]
Half course credit each semester. A study of dance repertory through commissioned new works, reconstruction, coaching, rehearsal, and performance. Guest artists and consultants from the American Dance Legacy Institute. Enrollment is by audition. Limited to skilled dancers. Instructor permission required.

 

TAPS 1380: Mise en Scene
M: 3 - 5:30 PM | Online
Spencer Golub: [email protected]
A reconstruction of the idea of a stage and a frame on the evidence of theory, novels, plays, and especially films-the seen and the unseen-using the organizing strategies of mystery. Art's "impossible" brokering of the real and the representational in a dialectic of space is considered from a multiplicity of perspectives in diverse works. 

 

TAPS 1500N: Advanced Undergraduate Playwriting: Experiments in Time
W: 2 - 4:50 PM | Lyman Hall 212
Lisa Damour: [email protected]
For centuries, from Pedro Calderón to Ntozake Shange and Caryl Churchill, playwrights have manipulated time to tell stories and create dynamic play-worlds. This class will challenge playwrights to build non-linear time into their plays and use specific approaches to “time-telling” to supercharge content. Students will read plays, essays and engage in time-based theater experiments to explore perspectives that challenge our human-ego-driven experience of time. How is time embodied? How are we programmed to experience time as a Western capitalist value system? How can we use non-linear time in our plays as a radical political act? Students will complete 3 short projects during the course, including two one-act plays and one piece of site-specific or performance art.

Students wishing to enroll in TAPS 1500N should follow this link to the TAPS -- Additional Course Information webpage and complete the TAPS 1500N Advanced Playwriting--Experiments in Time Request to be admitted to TAPS 1500N application. https://www.brown.edu/academics/theatre-arts-performance-studies/undergraduate-program/required-course-information.


 

Spring 2022

TAPS 0030: Introduction to Acting and Directing
Section 1: TTH 9:30 - 11:50 AM | Section 2: TTH 3 - 5:20 PM
Location: TBD
Connie Crawford: [email protected] 
Explores basic acting/directing concepts from a variety of perspectives including the use of the actor's imagination/impulsivity in the creation of truthful, dramatic performance; the body, as a way of knowing and communicating knowledge; and the voice, as a means of discovering and revealing emotion/thought. There is a mandatory tech requirement and some evening hours are required. Please go to the TAPS website for specifics on admission and the technical requirement (http://brown.edu/go/TAPS0030).

TAPS 0700: Introduction to Theatre, Dance and Performance
TTH 10:30 - 11:50 AM | Location TBD
Instructor TBD
An introduction to the breadth of topics covered in the TAPS Department, this class is a gateway to the concentration open to all students interested in live arts. We will explore how, where, and why theatre, dance and performance are made and investigate their relationship to broader culture and society. Students will learn basics: how to read a play, how to appreciate dance, and how to approach the variety of venues, histories, and methods involved in production. Overlaps with other media will be explored. Visits from TAPS faculty will dovetail with the season of offerings on the TAPS main stage.