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)

The Colored Museum
Written by George C. Wolfe; Directed by Sydney Rodriguez

Front Row Theatre Co. Speech and Debate
Written by Stephen Karam; Directed by Elizabeth Martinez
iNtuitons Experimental Theatre Co.Rhinoceros
Written by Eugène Ionesco; Directed by Jonathan D'Rozario
Pennsylvania Players 

Spring Awakening
Music by Duncan Sheik; Lyrics and Book by Steven Sater
Directed by Ryan Hazelbaker

Quadramics Theatre Co.

The Wolves
Written by Sarah DeLappe; Directed by Esther Cohen

Stimulus Children's Theatre Co.

High School Musical
Music by Arthur Lock; Lyrics and Book by Peter Barsocchini 
Directed by Priscilla Felten



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.