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Theater and Performance Studies (Student actors from My Fair Lady)

Theater and Performance Studies

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School of Humanities and Sciences

Provides students with historical, critical, and practical knowledge about theater and performance.

What You'll Study

The Department of Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS) 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.
TAPS has the following degree options: BA in Theater and Performance Studies, a minor in Theater and Performances Studies, and an Honors program. TAPS majors must declare a concentration in Acting or Theater-Making. TAPS minors have the option of declaring a concentration in Dance.

Degrees Offered

  • BA
  • Minor
  • Honors

More Information

Learn more about Theater and Performance Studies in the Stanford Bulletin

Exploratory Courses


Introduction to Theater and Performance Studies


Theater and Performance Making (TAPS 371P)

TAPS 103

Beginning Improvising

TAPS 108

Introduction to Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (AMSTUD 107, CSRE 108, FEMGEN 101)


Introduction to Dance Studies (DANCE 11)


Acting I: Fundamentals of Acting


Acting for Non-Majors

TAPS 165

Introduction to Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CSRE 196C, ENGLISH 172D, PSYCH 155, SOC 146)