The TAPS concentration offers three tracks with many points of overlap among them: Performance Studies, Theatre Arts, and Writing for Performance. Concentrators gain exposure to a broad spectrum of performance modes and methods — acting, directing, dance, and writing, and chose an avenue of focus among them. In addition, TAPS concentrators with an interest in socially engaged performance that tackles complex social issues may pursue the Engaged Scholars Program. Everyone graduates having studied craft, gained familiarity with history, and investigated the role of performance arts in culture.
Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
The Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies (TAPS) is the intellectual and artistic center for the aesthetic, historical, literary, practical, and theoretical explorations of performance in global perspective — theatre, dance, speech, time-based art, and even performative "roles" in everyday life.
Students in this concentration will:
- Gain skill in one or more of the practical crafts of theatre, dance, public speaking, or performance art
- Increase abilities in speech and communication
- Gain familiarity with the history of theater, dance, and other performing arts from transnational perspectives
- Explore areas of performance theory
- Gain familiarity with dramatic texts and theatrical contexts
- Enhance their writing abilities
- Produce a body of creative work
- Create a capstone project in the senior year
- Performance Studies
- Theatre Arts
- Writing for Performance
Department Undergraduate Group (DUG)
Student Leaders: Siena Rafter, Kai Barshack
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Theatre Arts and Performance Studies alumni work in a range of areas, including as media and finance executives, management consultants, physicians, engineers, architects, as well as in the arts and entertainment as directors, singers, lighting designers, and actors. Visit the TAPS website for more information.
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