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 interim director of TACIT. During his first quarter, he carried off the hit new play Rocket Girl, written by a Caltech alum about his mother, who had worked on the rocket fuel that propelled the first American satellite into orbit. We expect no less from him in future shows.