The Department offers a concentration in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies. Concentrators chose a "track" to study within the concentration -Theatre Arts, Performance Studies, or Writing for Performance. Students can all find a home in one of the tracks by working with faculty to best design their curricular choices.
Undergraduates at Brown make theatre, dance, and performance-based work all over campus. Performances have been written for hallways, breezeways, walkways, as well as in our theatres. Work has been produced without a play in mind – improvised, found, choreographed on the spot. Other work has been incubated and nurtured for years at a time. Well-known plays from the dramatic canon are produced alongside lesser-known newcomers or buried treasures rarely produced. Some work takes multitudes, other work flies solo. The point is that there is a lot going on in a very exciting atmosphere of creative and intellectual exchange where traditions and heritages of craft are as highly valued as the rough draft of innovation and experimentation.
Classes are a key way to get to know faculty and other students well. But there are also shows to help out on as run crew. There are costumes to design and build, lights to hang, lines to memorize, muscles to stretch, voices to warm, directing projects to propose. There are producing boards to sit on and there are sets to design, productions to stage manage, dances to choreograph, plays to write, songs to write, philosophies to write, and –always – posters to hang.
Prospective students are welcome to make an appointment to visit our facilities and tour our spaces by contacting the department directly. Student-led tours are available Mondays 1 - 3 pm and Thursdays 12 - 2 pm. We encourage you to read our FAQ before coming to campus. Additional Brown University campus tours and info sessions are available to prospective students through the Undergraduate Admissions Office. The building and main office is open for questions Monday through Friday 8:30am -5pm when school is in session (Sept - end of May) and Monday through Friday 10am - 3pm during the summer (Memorial Day - end of August). Please be aware that we are closed for holidays and there may be other dates when tours are not available.