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.

Fall 2017 TAC-e productions 



African American Arts Alliance (4A)

Long Time Since Yesterday
Written by P.J. Gibson; Directed by Zainab Yusuf

Front Row Theatre Company (FTC)

Next to Normal
Music by Tom Kitt, Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey; Directed by Grace Mattes

iNtuitons Experimental Theatre (i)

I Am a Ghost
Adapted from film and Directed by Sean Begane

Pennsylvania Players (Players)

Love Song
Written by John Kolvenbach; Directed by Linnea Bond

Quadramics Theatre Co. (Q)

Little Shop of Horrors
Music by Alan Menken, Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman; Directed by Susanna Jaramillo

Stimulus Children's Theatre Co. (Stim)

The Brave Little Tailor
Written by Brian Guehring; Directed by Ohad Klopman

PenNaatak (Naatak)

Written by Ayad Akhtar

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

Please contact the TAC-e Chair, Hannah Spear, 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.