Frequently Asked Questions

For more comprehensive information about TAPS undergraduate program, please read our Undergraduate Handbook.

Top Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I talk to someone about the program/get connected with faculty/schedule a visit? TAPS faculty and staff are always happy to make themselves available to discuss the program with prospective students. Please make contact well in advance of your preferred date with one of our advisors via email to discuss logistics.  Prospective students are welcome to visit our facilities in Lyman Hall and tours of our building can be arranged by contacting the department directly. Tours are dependent on the availability of our staff and should be arranged well in advance of your visit to campus.     The building and main office is open  for tours Monday through Friday, 9am - 4pm during the academic year (Sept - end of May) and 9am - 3pm (Memorial Day  - August).    Campus tours and info sessions are available to prospective students through the Undergraduate Admissions Office. We highly recommend that you participate in one or both of these programs prior to arranging a tour of our department.

Do I need to audition for admission to the department?  No.  If you are accepted at Brown, all of our Department's activities and offerings will be open to you.  

Can I send in audio/visual materials to supplement my application?
No. Auditions and portfolio reviews are neither required nor reviewed for students interested in TAPS.  Any materials sent directly to the department will be returned unread and we will not forward materials to the Admissions Office on your behalf.  

Does TAPS offer a concentration in Dance? Yes, we now offer a Dance track.  Please email [email protected] if you have specific questions about on-campus dance offerings.

Does TAPS offer a concentration in Design?  There is not currently a separate design concentration track, but you can focus on design, tech and production academically within any of our tracks.  You can also contact our Production Director with questions about design and production opportunities at Brown.  The John Street Studio is the focal point for the department's design initiative, and provides classrooms, studio space and support for designers at Brown and beyond. It is a convergence of students and professionals working on departmental productions, as well as artists from other departments and the local community (including RISD/Brown Design for AmericaArchaeology, the RISD Sculpture department, A Better World by Design and Brown Opera Productions.)  

Can I work in the department if I'm an undergraduate student?  
Yes.  The department relies heavily on students for all its productions, including the mainstage Sock&Buskin season, dance concerts, and special events throughout the year.  This includes paid positions for undergrads with our Costume Shop, Production Manager's Office, Scene Shop, John St Design Studio, and Box Office/House Management/Publicity.  Please check the student employment website for current openings.  Undergraduate students from all concentrations are welcome to apply for those positions Graduate students and non-Brown students are not eligible for student employment positions.  International students on a nonimmigrant visa are strongly encouraged to consult with the OISSS prior to seeking employment at Brown.

What performance opportunities are available to me in TAPS?
There are many opportunities to perform for both concentrators and non-concentrators in TAPS. Go to our Performances and Events page to see details on our current season. We also list auditions in our News section. 

For more Frequently Asked Questions, see the FAQ section of our Undergraduate Handbook.