iNtuitons Experimental Theatre



iNtuitons Experimental Theatre is the University of Pennsylvania's only student-run experimental theatre group. iNtuitons comes from two words: intuition and automaton. The group was chartered to "attract people with diverse artistic interests and in order to provide an outlet for creative people whose ideas are too Classical or Avant-Garde to be supported by existing groups."

Each year we present a student-directed mainstage production in the fall and spring, our annual Alternative Theatre Festival featuring student submissions (part of Philly FringeArts Festival), plus participating in the Theatre Arts Council's One Acts Festival each winter. We've also had bonus shows (winter & spring), play-readings of original work by Philadelphia artists, and guerilla theatre experiments (e.g.).

Our "taste" is broad in scope. iNtuitons has produced work by such diverse writers as Vaclav Havel, Sarah Kane, Euripides, Joseph Conrad, Sam Shepard, Milan Kundera, Caryl Churchill... just to name a few.


Question: How is your club's programming adjusting to a virtual format? - Anonymous
Our Alternative Theatre Festival on September 12th is our first production of the year. Usually it’s done in Platt House as part of Philly Fringe Festival. This year we have moved it online. It is virtually streaming on YouTube still as part of Philly Fringe (it is also free for new students so do look out for more info). We’ve moved rehearsals, designer meetings and more online to accommodate our members all over the world and the restrictions due to the pandemic. Our Fall Show we are considering changing our show format to better fit and experiment with the virtual performance space. In terms of connecting with people and our own board members. It has been an adjustment to the virtual format. We’ve really leaned into our social media as a way to express our mission and connect with people we can no longer see walking around campus or on Locust Walk. We pride ourselves on fun social events. We’ve pivoted from bowling, craft, and bad movie nights, as well as production staff brunches. Now we do online game nights, movie night (with Houseparty recap conversations after!), and bring your own brunch zoom parties.
- Whitney Barrett



Kelsey Padilla
Fall Chair
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Whitney Barrett
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Jennifer Locke
Vice Chair
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Ashley Robinson
Co-Webmaster and PAC/TAC-e Rep
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Basic Info

11 Registered (20 - 50 Members)

Currently Accepting Members

Application Required

Unknown Recruitment Cycle


How to Get Involved

Board member: attend weekly board meetings, take responsibilities for each show; fulfill one of the board member roles. Production staff or cast for a show: fulfill duties as established by director/producers. Contact any member of board to find out how you can get involved! We are open to all!

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