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Caltech Mourns Passing of
TACIT Founder Shirley Marneus


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2019-2020 SEASON

BRADBURY 100 in Ramo Auditorium


On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Ray Bradbury’s birth, Caltech Theater will produce a series of his one-acts, adapted stories, with surprise guests, music, videos and Caltech a cappella groups.  

Friday & Saturday, February 21 & 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 23 at 2:30 p.m.

  • All Summer in a Daydirected by Aditi Seetharaman
  • Marionettes, Inc.directed by Barbie Insua
  • The Martian Chronicles, directed by Brian White

Friday & Saturday, February 28 & 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 1 at 2:30 p.m.

  • The Flying Machine (in Mandarin w/English subtitles), directed by Miranda Stewart
  • A Sound of Thunder, directed by Doug Smith
  • The Martian Chronicles, directed by Brian White

Public Presentation of Storytelling/Improvisation for Scientists

Friday, March 6 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Frautschi Hall Hameetman Center

MACH 33: The Caltech / Pasadena Playhouse Festival of New Science-Driven Plays

on the Main Stage of the Pasadena Playhouse

  • Burst by Rachel Bublitz, directed by Miranda Stewart
    Friday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Human(e) by Desiree York, directed by Rhonda Kohl
    Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunrise from the Moon by Hannah Manikowski, directed by Susan Dalian
    Sunday, April 5 at 2:30 p.m.

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The New Galileos, a full-length production written by Amy Berryman and directed by Brian Brophy

MACH 33: The Festival of New Science-Driven Plays' annual EARTH WEEK production
in the Hameetman Center's Frautschi Room
Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 26 at 2:00 p.m.

Three female climatologists find themselves detained by government bureaucrats. The scientists are given an option to disavow their research in exchange for millions of dollars. Or to disappear. They discover just how much they can trust each other as they consider the price of their recantation. 


Storytelling for Scientists

Write stories, practice your delivery, and perform them in front of a live audience

Class Schedule
Wednesdays: Fall/Winter/Spring
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Ramo Auditorium

Final Presentations Frautschi Hall:
Fridays December 6 2019/March 6/June 5 2020

Improvisation for Scientists

Think on your feet, and never be left flat footed, when it's your turn to speak

Class Schedule
Wednesdays Fall/Winter/Spring
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Ramo Auditorium

Final Presentations Frautschi Hall:
Fridays December 6 2019/March 6/June 5 2020

For more information, please contact Brian Brophy at

Here is a video to a few of our recent storytellers at Convocation in 2018:

Think the Caltech student experience at Caltech is just science? Think again. Check out student actor Kelvin Bates in this video:


MACH 33: The Caltech│Pasadena Playhouse Festival of New Science-Driven Plays

MACH 33: The Caltech│Pasadena Playhouse Festival of New Science-Driven Plays energizes the conversations about scientific, mathematical, and technological questions by staging readings of new, unpublished, unproduced plays. The readings are open to the public and present a discussion with Caltech/JPL scientific panelists after the show. Our casts and crews feature professional actors and directors as well as students and members of the Caltech/JPL community. Festival playwrights have the unique opportunity to work with science advisors from Caltech and JPL and dramaturgs from the Pasadena Playhouse.



Welcome to Caltech Theater 2019-2020 Season!

Founded in the mid-1980s, Theater Arts at Caltech typically prepares and performs two or three plays each academic year. Over the last several years, Storytelling and Improvisation has taken a central focus our our mission to boost speaking/writing and presenational skills.

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