Stage Write: All Brown’s a Stage!


(Pictured above: pw, a theatre here @ Brown)

Are you interested in theatre at Brown?  Whether you’re a veteran actor or a fresh newbie, you’ve come to the right place – Stage Write! I’m Olivia Cummings, first-year Shakespeare enthusiast (try to find the Shakespeare reference(s) in each blog post!), techie, and budding thespian. I’ll be writing about my experiences in the various facets of theatre life at Brown this year.      

A top school for theatre. (2nd best in the Ivy League)

No auditions for admission.

Theatre program open to non-concentrators.


It’s no secret that Brown is extremely strong in the theatre realm. Many actors, famous in the world of TV, film, and (of course!) theatre, have come out of  (and into – #emmawatsonforeva) Brown. Princeton Review ranks us as 16th best school for theater. Given that many of the programs ahead of us are conservatories and/or require auditions and total commitment for admission into their theatre programs, our ranking is actually pretty impressive. This brings me to one of the most compelling facts about theatre life at Brown – you can be just as involved as you like.

So what does this mean for you, you theater-minded pre-frosh?  In essence, if you want to concentrate in TAPS (theatre arts and performance studies) and want to participate in as many shows as possible, you can!  If you are a CS concentrator and you want to explore theatre as a hobby, you can!  If you’re pre-med or pre-law or pre-something else and you want to concentrate in TAPS while also focusing on your prereqs for grad school, you can! If you just want to do stage tech like lighting or sound design, you can!

Brown wants students to fully incorporate the “liberal learning” aspect of the college into their studies and life here. Fittingly, there are no initial auditions to get into the TAPS program. As a member of The College, you can just sign up for TAPS classes. However, once you move on to some of TAPS’s advanced classes you would need to audition, but so would everyone else.

On the other hand, theatre at Brown is not just TAPS classes.  It’s performances too!  There are numerous production companies at Brown. I’ll tackle this subject in a future blog post.  If you want to see a performance, there are almost always shows performing at Brown and around greater Providence.  Also, we’re so close to New York, Boston, New Haven and other cities that if nothing appeals to you here, you can take a train or bus and see shows to your heart’s content.

This post was just a quick introduction into the amazingly intricate world of theatre at Brown.  Throughout the year I’ll write about the many levels of theatre at Brown: including TAPS classes, performances in and around Brown, and what it’s like to work on a show as an actor, techie, stage manager, or a member of the pit orchestra!

As a potential Immunobiology and/or Public Health concentrator who is pre-med (PLME), I’ll approach theatre as someone who is doing it as a (very time-intensive) hobby. If you have any questions for me or would like to be connected with someone who is looking to pursue theatre after college, email me at Looking forward to seeing you all at Brown soon!

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