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Founded in the mid-1980s, Theater Arts at Caltech typically prepares and performs two or three plays each academic year. Members of the Caltech community have the opportunity to learn all aspects of the theatrical craft: acting, stage crew, set construction, wardrobe, light and sound operation, properties, house management, and publicity. This is a hands-on approach, not classroom theory. Learn More

Think the Caltech student experience at Caltech is just science? Think again. Check out student actor Kelvin Bates in this video:

MACH 33: Caltech│Pasadena Playhouse Festival of New Science-Driven Plays

CURRENT SHOWS : May 9–11, 2019

MACH 33: The Caltech│Pasadena Playhouse Festival of New Science-Driven Plays energizes the conversations about scientific, mathematical, and technological questions by staging readings of new, unpublished, unproduced plays. The readings are open to the public and present a discussion with Caltech/JPL scientific panelists after the show. Our casts and crews feature professional actors and directors as well as students and members of the Caltech/JPL community. Festival playwrights have the unique opportunity to work with science advisors from Caltech and JPL and dramaturgs from the Pasadena Playhouse.

MACH 33 2019 Bones of the Sea
Bones of the Sea tells the true story of Mary Anning, a working-class woman in Dorset, England, who helped to revolutionize the field of paleontology in the 19th century. In flashbacks, the audience sees various scenes of the self-taught Anning and the wealthy scientist Henry De la Beche as the two forge an unlikely friendship that lasts through fame and glory, disappointment and heartbreak.

MACH33 2019 Sizzle Sizzle Fly
Frances “Poppy” Northcutt, a math whiz working at Mission Control as a “computress,” finds flaws in some unruly code, is promoted to technical staff – and becomes the first woman to slip on the headset as a NASA engineer. It’s December 1968, the cusp of a new world, she’s 25 years old, favors mini-skirts, eyeliner, and long blonde hair,Apollo 8 has gone behind the moon, and Poppy Northcutt holds her breath as the world changes faster than her return-to-earth trajectories can splash those dudes back down.


The Surest Poison

Prohibition is in full swing, but New York City is still celebrating New Year’s Eve in style—with a batch of poisoned hooch and an immigrant woman's murder by cyanide. Cue Alexander Gettler, an obsessive chemist whose research helped create the modern field of forensic toxicology. With help from Lipstick, an intrepid flapper and indefatigable reporter who mistakes his laboratory for a speakeasy, Gettler must try to catch a murderer and convince the federal government to stop poisoning alcohol. Inspired by the real life work of Gettler and pioneering journalist Lois Long, The Surest Poison chronicles the dark side of the noble experiment.



Wednesdays, April 3 - June 5. 7:00-8:30.

To be effective leaders and communicators, scientists need to be able to explain and perform their science. Through a series of writing exercises, improvisation, and performance/vocal techniques, students will explore/discover/write new narratives for the ever-changing 21st century global landscape to culminate in 2 (5-7 minute) talks recorded in front of a live audience June 7, 2019.

Classes will take place on Wednesday evenings at Ramo Auditiorium and will be instructed by Brian Brophy. Open to all in the Caltech/JPL community

Here is a video to a few of our recent Storytellers at Convocation 2018 


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