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Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

The Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies offers the following graduate programs:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies.

For more information on admission and program requirements, please visit the following website: http://www.brown.edu/academics/gradschool/programs/theatre-arts-and-performance-studies

  •     Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A) in Playwriting.

For more information on admission and program requirements, please visit the following website:  http://www.brown.edu/academics/gradschool/programs/theatre-arts-and-performance-studies-0

Required MFA Playwriting Courses:

 The MFA Playwriting Program will consist of a minimum of 14 courses that include:

  • Six (6) semesters of Graduate Playwriting Workshop (TAPS 2310)
  • One (1) course in dramaturgy (TAPS 1600)
  • Two (2) semesters of Thesis Preparation in the third year of the program (TAPS 2975)
  • Five (5) elective courses from throughout the university, including Brown/Trinity courses where appropriate, of which one (1) should be a theory or history course in TAPS or cross-listed in TAPS at the 1000 or 2000 level.

Note:  Up to two (2) independent studies may be used toward the total of elective courses. An independent study cannot be used to substitute for the TAPS Theory/History course listed above.

First Year
FALL
TAPS 2310Graduate Playwriting1
TAPS 1600Dramaturgy1
Elective1
SPRING
TAPS 2310Graduate Playwriting1
Elective1
Elective1
Second Year
FALL
TAPS 2310Graduate Playwriting1
Elective1
SPRING
TAPS 2310Graduate Playwriting1
Elective1
Third Year
FALL
TAPS 2310Graduate Playwriting1
TAPS 2975Thesis Workshop1
SPRING
TAPS 2310Graduate Playwriting1
TAPS 2975Thesis Workshop1
Total Credits14
  •     Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Acting or Directing through the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Program.  

For more information on admission and program requirements, please visit the following website:  http://www.brown.edu/academics/gradschool/programs/theatre-browntrinity-rep-acting-directing

Required Courses for MFA Actors:

First Year
FALL
TAPS 2505Fundamentals of Acting: Modern and Contemporary Realism1
TAPS 2515Acting Technique: Fundamentals of Physical Awareness1
TAPS 2535Directing 1: Fundamentals in Analysis and Action for Brown/Trinity MFA Actors and Directors1
TAPS 2545Dramaturgy1
SPRING
TAPS 2555Advanced Acting: Modern and Contemporary Realism1
TAPS 2565Acting Technique II: Strength, Expansion and Articulation1
TAPS 2575Theatre History in a Changing Present1
TAPS 2585Directing II: Collaborative Communication1
Second Year
FALL
TAPS 2605Fundamentals of Acting: Shakespeare and Classical Verse1
TAPS 2615Acting Technique III: Poetic Expression1
TAPS 2625Playwriting Dramaturgy Practicum1
TAPS 2635Directing III: The Director's Vision1
SPRING
TAPS 2655Advanced Acting: Shakespeare and Classical Verse1
TAPS 2665Acting Technique IV: Creativity and Virtuosity1
TAPS 2675Advanced Playwriting1
TAPS 2685Directing IV: Special Topics1
Third Year
FALL
TAPS 2705Third Year Practicum: The Actor as Creator1
SPRING
TAPS 2755Third Year Practicum: The Actor as Total Theatre Artist1
Total Credits18

Required Courses for MFA Directors:

First Year
FALL
TAPS 2505Fundamentals of Acting: Modern and Contemporary Realism1
TAPS 2535Directing 1: Fundamentals in Analysis and Action for Brown/Trinity MFA Actors and Directors1
TAPS 2545Dramaturgy1
Elective1
SPRING
TAPS 2555Advanced Acting: Modern and Contemporary Realism1
TAPS 2585Directing II: Collaborative Communication1
TAPS 2575Theatre History in a Changing Present1
Elective1
Second Year
FALL
TAPS 2605Fundamentals of Acting: Shakespeare and Classical Verse1
TAPS 2635Directing III: The Director's Vision1
TAPS 2645Fall Directing Practicum1
Elective1
SPRING
TAPS 2655Advanced Acting: Shakespeare and Classical Verse1
TAPS 2685Directing IV: Special Topics1
TAPS 2695Spring Directing Practicum1
Elective1
Third Year
FALL
TAPS 2730Directing: Design in the Collaborative Process2
TAPS 2975Thesis Workshop1
Elective
SPRING
TAPS 2770Directing: Practical Application2
Elective
TAPS 2975Thesis Workshop1
Total Credits22