FROM OUR CHAIR
PROFESSOR MATTHEW W. SMITH
All students are encouraged to audition regardless of experience!
BUILD + TECH WORK
Get paid to learn technical theater or how to build sets and costumes
TAKE A CLASS
Learn to do improv, choreograph, produce a production, and more
BEHIND THE SCENES
Design sets, costumes, lights, or sound, or work in critical backstage roles
DESIGN + CREW
WAYS FOR YOU TO
UNDERGRAD PROGRAM MISSION
ABOUT OUR program
The mission of the undergraduate program in Theater and Performance Studies is to provide a strong, non-conservatory program that joins the study and practice of performance within the context of a liberal arts curriculum.
We offer classes in everything from social dance and costume design to acting and performance theory
Thousands of students of all experience levels enroll in our TAPS courses every year
We produce productions, workshops, master classes, guest lectures, and social events
STUDENTS INVOLVED IN PRODUCTIONS
Students of all majors perform, direct, build sets and costumes, stage manage, and more
TAPS BY THE NUMBERS
AT A GLANCE
For an in-depth look at what we do, browse our recent newsletters containing student reflections on their experiences with TAPS productions, academic scholarship, events, and more.
TAKE A CLOSER LOOK
OUR PRODUCTION WORK
TAPS produces six main season productions directed by faculty and guest artists, and fully produced with the help of our production staff and professional designers. We also support a number of student-led performance works. Hundreds of students work on our productions each year as performers, designers, technical staff, crew, costume and set builders, and more! Paid positions and academic credit are available. Opportunities are posted on our website under "Get Involved!"
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DANCE | AMBER LEVINE
HOW TO AUDITION FOR A TAPS SHOW
BACKSTAGE WITH BRENNA
YOUNG JEAN LEE
MEET THE FACULTY
REVIVAL BY AMARA TABOR-SMITH
MAIN STAGE TRAILER
SPECIAL EFFECTS | "EVERYBODY"
BEHIND THE SCENES