Stage Write: TA3, Part I

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(Pictured above: The TAPS department’s banner.  TA3 is a first-year only TAPS class.)

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

If you decide to become involved with theatre at Brown, I guarantee that someone will tell you this – “TAKE TA3.” And while I’m all for charting your own path and not telling people what they should and shouldn’t do, I’ll be the first to tell you – if you decide to come to Brown, definitely take TA3!

TA3, aka TAPS0030 or Introduction to Acting and Directing, is the TAPS department’s only first-year only seminar on acting.  Taught this year by instructors: Connie Crawford, Lee Osorio, and Caitlin O’Connell, TA3 “explores basic acting/directing concepts from a variety of perspectives including the use of the actor’s imagination/impulsivity in the creation of truthful, dramatic performance; the body, as a way of knowing and communicating knowledge; and the voice, as a means of discovering and revealing emotion/thought,” according to the department’s website.  There is a mandatory tech requirement, which ensures that the class gets experience working backstage.  (WOO TECH!)

I will write another blog post in the future about my own experience in TA3.  See you soon!

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 olivia_cummings@brown.eduLooking forward to seeing you all at Brown soon!

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