Stage Write: Senior Slot


(Pictured above: The poster for the 2015-2016 “Senior Slot” play “The Red Paint”)

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 in this blog post!), techie, and budding thespian. I’ll be writing about my experiences in the various facets of theatre life at Brown this year.

If you’re a senior applying to college right now, I’m sure the foremost thing on your mind is actually getting into college.  But, trust me, that will happen!  And once you’re here you will have to start thinking about what you want to achieve in the time you have here. If you plan on concentrating in TAPS (specifically in the acting and directing track), one of your goals could be to get picked for the senior slot!
So what exactly is the senior slot?  Well the TAPS department has its own production company, called Sock&Buskin.  Since it has its own theater company, it can choose whatever plays it wants to produce and who it wants to direct those shows.  For the most part, TAPS faculty direct the S&B productions.  However, there is one chance for TAPS concentrators to direct at S&B – the senior slot!

A TAPS concentrator can apply to direct or can just propose their own plays in the spring of their junior year.  If picked, the student’s play will be produced by S&B for early December of the student’s senior year.  This is a really big deal!  Essentially, by accepting your proposal, the TAPS department believes that you are an exceptional student, actor, and director (and playwright, if you propose your own play).


(Pictured above: A reasonable image of what the TAPS faculty would think about you.  Also who knows, maybe you could propose “A Very Potter Musical”? Someone please do this…)

Alums of the senior slot have gone on to found their own award-winning theatre groups and have become acclaimed actors and playwrights.  So while you have a bit of time to go before even thinking about declaring your concentration, remember that the senior slot is available to you.  This year’s senior slot play was “The Red Paint,” written and directed by Nikteha Salazar ’16.  It was an amazing production.

And that’s that!  Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and see you next semester.  As always, if you have questions, please email me at



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