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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.

Brian Brophy

As a professional actor, Brian Brophy has performed in numerous television shows and in over thirty feature films including Shawshank Redemption, The Player, Cradle Will Rock, Armageddon, and Star Trek: The Next Generation as Commander Dr. Bruce Maddox. As a director of original plays he has worked with Sandra Tsing Loh, Hector Aristizabal, Tim Robbins, and others. His stage credits are many from New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles in venues including the Mark Taper Forum, 78th St. Theater (NYC), and the Actors' Gang.

Brophy has taught in the theater departments of the University of California, Riverside; Pomona College; California Institute for the Arts (CalArts); California State University, Los Angeles. He has taught a range of classes including Theater for Social Change, Acting for Non-Actors, Play Analysis, Movement, all levels of acting, Contemporary Theatre, and Living Theatre (History of Theatre). Brophy is also a Fulbright scholar/lecturer (2007-2008) India with emphasis on Peacemaking Through Theater.