Theater Arts Caltech develops original plays, performs one to three plays-musicals each academic year along with offering classes to the Caltech community including Storytelling for Scientists, Improvisation, Directing, Acting, Writing, Production and produces Mach 33 The Festival of New Science-Driven Plays at Caltech. Recent productions include Boldly Go! Brenda Varda's Alice Through The Wormhole, Rent, Rashomon, and Gobble Up Stories by Caltech Humanities Emeritus Professor Oscar Mandel.
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—and to work with professionals in areas of theater design: set, light, sound, costume, and music. This is a hands-on approach, not classroom theory. It also provides an appreciation of the theatrical literature and exposure to the literature of many languages (in translation).