Front Row Theatre Company is the student-run social impact theatre group of the University of Pennsylvania. Check out our upcoming season here.

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Up Next

FTC Presents:


Thursday, April 5th
Friday, April 6th
Saturday, April 7th
in Houston Hall Class of ’49

Written by Joe Orton
Directed by Chris Troop
Produced by Tess Speranza


Fay: Bella Essex
McLeavy: Connor Beard
Hal: Luke Clements
Dennis: Tucker Reynolds
Truscott: Elias Kotsis

Synopsis: A masterpiece of black farce, Loot follows the fortunes of two young thieves. Dennis works for an undertaker. Hal’s old Mum has just died. They rob the bank next door to the funeral parlour and find just the place to hide the loot. With the money hidden in Mum’s coffin, there’s no place for Mum whose body keeps re-appearing at the most inopportune times. When Inspector Truscott turns up, the already thickened plot goes topsy-turvy.



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About FTC

Front Row Theatre Company (FTC) is the University of Pennsylvania’s only student group dedicated to performing socially relevant theatre. As a member of the Theatre Arts Council (TAC-e), the Executive Board and Members work within a vibrant community of artists and performers committed to putting on high quality shows with a purpose. We choose shows and student directors dedicated to starting a conversation about social issues, and then mobilize the production staff and membership to have a real impact on the issues through focused community service projects.

We produce four student-directed shows each academic year: NSO, Fall, Winter, and Spring. Directors and shows are chosen by our Executive Board.

Since 2003, Front Row has been Harrison College House‘s in-house theatre company. We stage two of our annual performances in the Harrison Rooftop Lounge, an incredibly intimate space that gives FTC the freedom to explore different types of theatre experiences. We also help run a residential program that lets FTC members live in Harrison, creating a true community.

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Who are we?

Front Row’s Executive Board is at the heart of every company production, choosing each season’s shows and directors, assembling the entire production staff, and more. Each board member assumes a set of responsibilities to help run the company and works on all Front Row productions during their tenure.

Anyone who acts in an FTC show or works on the production can become a member. Members are eligible to run for Board and vote in board elections each spring.

Click here to view the whole board.

Elias Kotsis should have a bio. Oops! (This site is under construction.)

Elias Kotsis, Community Liaison

Don’t give Haley Mankin coffee, she has plenty of energy without it. Plus, she won’t sleep for a week.

Haley Mankin, Membership Coordinator

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Get Involved



Interested in acting in one of our productions? We offer performance opportunities for both musical theatre and straight plays, comedies and tragedies and everything in between! Auditions are generally held in September, November, and February for our Fall, Winter, and Spring productions, respectively.

Auditions for the Fall of 2017 will be held on September 3rd and 4th. Keep an eye on our blog and on our Facebook page for details!


Production Staff

Calling all techies! For each production, we need lighting, sound, props, costumes, make-up, protections, graphics, and a set — and a lot of creative people to make them all happen. We’re always looking for people interested in production design, gaffing, carpentry, and stage-management! No experience is necessary, we’re happy to teach you!

Tech interviews are typically held the week after auditions. Check out our blog and Facebook page for updates!


FTC is dedicated to performing socially relevant student-directed theatre in intimate settings, fulfilling our unwavering desire to have fun, and bringing high-quality production values to everything we do. We accept director proposals and hold director interviews for our entire season at the end of each academic year, in April. If you’re interested, look out for our call for proposals next spring!


For Front Row, the show community doesn’t end when we strike the set. After every production, everyone on the production staff is invited to become a member of the company. Members are eligible to run for and vote on the executive board each year, and they receive invitations to regular social and community service events. Members are also eligible to live in Harrison with Front Row’s residential program. The only requirement to remain an active member is working on at least one Front Row show each academic year!