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Mail Code: 94305-8125
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Courses offered by the Department of Theater and Performance Studies are listed on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site under the subject codes TAPS and DANCE.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Theater and Performance Studies

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. The department gives students a strong grasp of historical, cultural, and practical contexts in which live performance develops. With close faculty contact, department majors pursue areas of interest that may include acting, directing, writing, dance, devised theater, design, stage management, performance theory, and cultural studies. During the senior year students complete a senior project as part of fulfilling the 60 units required for the major.

Mission of the Graduate Program in Theater and Performance Studies

The mission of the graduate program in Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS) is to educate students who work on the leading edge of both scholarly and performance practice. The Ph.D. program includes the study of critical theory, dramatic literature, performance theory, theater history, and performance making. Graduate students complete a program with a rigorous study of critical theory, textual history, elements of production (directing, acting, choreography, writing, and design) and embodied research.


Emeriti: (Professors) Harry J. Elam Jr., Michael Ramsaur, Alice Rayner, Janice Ross; (Associate Professor) William S. Eddelman; (Senior Lecturers) Patricia Ryan, Connie Strayer

Chair: Diana Looser

Director of Graduate Studies: Matthew Smith

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Young Jean Lee

Professors: Jennifer DeVere Brody, Branislav Jakovljevic, Young Jean Lee, Jisha Menon (TAPS, Comparative Literature, Stanford Global Studies), Peggy Phelan (TAPS, English), Rush Rehm (TAPS, Classics), Matthew W. Smith (TAPS, German Studies)

Associate Professor:  Diana Looser

Assistant Professors: Samer Al-Saber, Michael Rau, Aileen Robinson

Senior Lecturers: Becky Bodurtha, Aleta Hayes

Lecturers: Rotimi Agbabiaka, Nina Ball, David Bresenham, Jane Casamajor, Matt Chapman, Stephanie Hunt, Alex Ketley, Daniel Klein, Laxmi Kumaran, Anton Pankevich, Richard Powers, Ronnie Reddick, Lisa Rowland, Raissa Simpson

Artists-in-Residence: Amy Freed, amara smith

Director of Finance and Operations: TBA

Student Services Manager: Katie Dooling

Finance and Faculty Affairs Administrator: Janet Pineda

Production Staff: Daniel Cadigan, Jane Casamajor, Brett Cavanaugh, Lindsay Martens, Brendon Martin, Kenny McMullen, Heather Patterson Miller, Stefanie M. Okuda, Emma Vossbrink