Brown University’s Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies is home to three Graduate Programs:


As of 2019, the GRE is no longer required in order to apply to any of the graduate programs in the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown


The Doctoral Program in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies stresses research and scholarship in theatre history, theory and criticism, and performance studies. Faculty members encourage rigorous and creative thought that engage performance modes and methodologies from the humanities and social sciences. Faculty and graduate student research includes work on theatre, performance in everyday life, festival, film, dance, new media and animation. As a top-ranking program in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, our doctoral students have a 100 percent placement rate in postdoctoral and/or faculty positions.

Accepting applications for Fall 2023

The application deadline for the Doctoral Program in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies is January 4.

For more information about the Doctoral Program in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies click here.


Brown's MFA in Playwriting is a three-year funded program. We are looking for students who define themselves as writers, and whose writing resists definition—but involves a keen, tireless attention to live performance. This program is a place to study what writing for theater has been, while honing a creative practice that also feeds voraciously on the nontheatrical: all kinds of literature, art, rebellion, and thought. Above all it is a place—and time—to write like you've never written before.

The application deadline for the MFA Playwriting Program is January 4, 2023.



Are you thinking of applying to the MFA program in playwriting? If so, you're welcome to attend this online event, October 17, 2022 at 6 pm. You'll hear an overview of the program, and have a chance to ask questions about the program and the admissions process. 

Register here: RSVP: Brown University – MFA Playwriting Admissions Q&A


For more information about the MFA program in Playwriting click here.


Committed to creating whole artists, the MFA Program in Acting and Directing, housed at Trinity Repertory Company in downtown Providence, offers actors and directors interdisciplinary artistic training.  Graduates of the program continue to earn their way onto well-known stages, into avant-garde collaborations and film.  

The application deadline for the Brown/Trinity MFA Acting Program is January 3, 2023.

Brown/Trinity's next application cycle for Directing will open in September 2022 for admission in Fall 2023.

For more information about the MFA Program in Acting and Directing click here.


The program is unique in its equal commitment to creative practice and theory. MFA and PhD students collaborate on performance projects formally and informally throughout their graduate careers, on projects such as Writing is Live. MFA playwrights and directors attend courses on the Brown campus and join in critical theoretical discussions about theatre and performance on a regular basis.

Application Process: 

For questions about the application process (including TOEFL submission, LORs, transcripts, and other technical questions), please contact the Graduate School directly at [email protected].  Applications to the Ph.D. and MFA programs are submitted to, and managed through the Graduate School.  Please do not email the department with technical questions or requests to troubleshoot your online application submission.   You can find detailed instructions about the application process and components here.  The application FAQ can be found here.    

Transcripts and letters of recommendation should be uploaded directly in the system. Sending application materials directly to TAPS will delay the processing of your application.

For more information, The Graduate School Handbook for Admitted Students can be found here.  The TAPS departmental handbook for grad students can be found here.  Please note pertinent University web resources should be regarded as the primary references for degree requirements and options.