The TAPS concentration offers three tracks with many points of overlap among them: Performance Studies, Theatre Arts, and Dance. 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.

Student Goals

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
  • Dance

Department Undergraduate Group (DUG)

Student Leaders: Siena Rafter

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstones Completed Honors Graduates
2014 22  22 
2015 18  18 
2016 14  14 
2017 17  17 
2018 18  18 
2019 16 16 2

Alumni Pathways

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.

What are Theatre Arts and Performance Studies concentrators doing...


Director of Undergraduate Studies: Kym Moore