Theatre Arts Council (TAC-e)

What is TAC-e?

The Theatre Arts Council (abbreviated and often referred to as TAC-e) is one of the four subcommittees under the Performing Arts Council (PAC).  PAC is an umbrella organization that helps to organize 40+ student performing arts groups. Each TAC-e group is made up of an administrative board that runs their auditions, production staffs, and manages each show they produce (normally between 2 and 4 each academic year).  Every TAC-e show has a unique cast and production staff and students are welcome to work with as many or as few groups as they like. 

All seven groups have a unique mission, though their styles or genres do overlap sometimes. Missions are based on cultural and ethnic relevance, social relevance, dedication to community service, experimental forms of expression, student vs. professional direction, Penn traditions and history, target audience, and more. These missions guide show choice and the overall culture of each group and are not meant as exclusionary boundaries. Visit each group's website (available here) in order to learn more about each group's mission and culture as well as what shows and events they will be producing this year.

All seven TAC-e groups participate in one collaborative production each school year: the One Acts Festival. One Acts is a collection of short one act plays organized in between fall and spring semesters and performed in late January or early February. This production provides great opportunities to experience Penn student theatre as an audience member or for any student to try a new aspect of theatre themselves, either in the spotlight or behind the scenes.

Spring 2017 TAC-e productions 



African American Arts Alliance (4A)

Once on This Island
Book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens; Music by Stephen Flaherty
Directed by Matré Grant

Front Row Theatre Co. The Merchant of Venice
Written by William Shakespeare; Directed by Jeremy Cohen
iNtuitons Experimental Theatre Co.Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play
Written by Anne Washburn; Directed by Susanna Jaramillo
Pennsylvania Players 

Bob: A Life in Five Acts
Written by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb; Directed by Michael Osinski

Quadramics Theatre Co.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Music and lyrics by William Finn; Book by Rachel Sheinkin; Additional material by Jay Reiss
Directed by Elizabeth Martinez

Stimulus Children's Theatre Co.

The Little Prince
Book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; Adapted by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar
Directed by Tessa Goodine


Could You Please Look Into the Camera?
Written by Mohammad al-Attar; Directed by Alexander Atienza 

Learn more about TAC-e by reviewing the TAC-e Handbook

Please contact the TAC-e Chair, Susanna Jaramillo, at for more information about TAC-e as a whole, about any of the seven individual groups, or for specific details about upcoming shows and events.