Caltech Theater

Theater Arts at Caltech (TACIT) is looking for directors, actors, writers and techs to participate in our program.

2018-2019 Auditions/Technical Personnel Meeting for Theater Production PA040

Sunday, October 7, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Ramo Auditorium

Storytelling/Improvisation for Scientists

First Class Meeting: Wednesday, October 3

Storytelling for Scientists - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm - Ramo Auditorium Improvisation for Scientists – 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm - Ramo Auditorium

For more information, please contact Brian Brophy at

TACIT, as Theater Arts at Caltech is familiarly known, typically prepares and performs two or three plays each academic year. Recent productions include Avenue Q,  Alice Through The Wormhole, Dr. Keeling's Curve, Rent, and Gobble Up Stories.

Members of the Caltech community have the opportunity to learn all aspects of the theatrical craft—acting, stage crew, set construction, wardrobe, light and sound operation, properties, house management, and publicity—and to work with professionals in areas of theater design: set, light, sound, costume, and music. This is a hands-on approach, not classroom theory. It also provides an appreciation of the theatrical literature and exposure to the literature of many languages (in translation). 

TACIT was founded in the mid-1980's by a group of enthusiastic students and director Shirley Marneus. For many years Shirley provided strong artistic and practical leadership, and many of her students went on to careers in the arts, despite Caltech's focus on science and technology.After her retirement in 2007, Caltech appointed Brian Brophy as director of TACIT.

Theater Arts Caltech Boldly Go! at Ambassador Auditorium