Tufts University's Oldest Student Theatre and Performance Organzation
Founded in 1910 (making us the oldest student organization on campus), 3Ps produces student-run performances of all kinds.
Each Semester, 3Ps stages one mainstage production and two workshop productions. In addition, 3Ps stages an orientation show every September. Students control every aspect of all 3Ps shows, so there are many opportunities to act, direct, design, stage manage, and produce through the organization.
Apart from producing its own annual season, 3Ps serves as the umbrella organization for many other student performing arts groups. Groups under the 3Ps umbrella can be found on our umbrella page.
Meetings are held at the Balch Arena Theater in the Aidekman Center for the Arts on Mondays during open block (12pm). Also, check the call board in the lobby of Aidekman for audition information and more. We encourage and welcome everyone to get involved regardless of major, and we hope to see you soon!
Frequently Asked Questions
What does 3Ps stand for?
The 3Ps stand for Pen, Paint and Pretzels. In 1910 when the organization was formed, pretzels were commonly served as refreshment at the theatre (like popcorn at movies today). Thus, “Pen” is for the craft of writing/directing/creating, “Paint” is for design/production, and “Pretzels” is for the audience-engaging quality of theatre.
How do you decide which shows to do?
The membership of the 3Ps is responsible for voting on ALL productions. At the beginning of every semester directors propose their production ideas to the membership at our weekly meeting. We then discuss each show and vote.
Does 3Ps host any events besides productions?
Yes! Each year we host a Holiday Party in December and a Spaghetti Night in May. These events are open to anyone involved in any aspect of 3Ps and are a way to celebrate the end of each semester. Both are formal events and take place in the Arena. Additionally, 3Ps hosts many parties, gatherings, and bonding activities throughout the year!
About the 3Ps Board
Sophia Balsamo (’20) – President
Sophia Balsamo is the 2019-2020 President and is thrilled to use her position to bring the 3Ps community closer together! She is a double major in Drama and Peace & Justice Studies, as well as a member of Lord Barnum’s Players and Tufts Students for NARAL. Sophia fell in love with the 3Ps community the second she set foot in Balch, and has been an active member as a performer and sometimes asst. designer/crew member (she’s handy with a needle and thread). Her favorite part about 3Ps is the way it brings together incredible people with diverse talents to create some truly magical art. Please reach out to her if you have any suggestions on events, adventures, or guest speakers you’d like to see in 3Ps! Oh, and ask her about the semester she spent in Amsterdam instead of at 3Ps meetings.
Brooke Foster (’21) – Director of Production
Brooke is a junior studying Theatre and Film & Media Studies, and is from no where in particular. She is incredibly excited to be the Director of Production for 3Ps this year, after serving as the Treasurer of Bare Bodkin and working on a ridiculous number of shows in a ridiculous number of production staff positions. Most of her time is spent in the lobby of Balch so if you want to talk about any great TV shows, movies, plays, or musicals she would love a reason to keep talking about her obsessions. If you are curious about 3Ps as a whole or if you want to get involved do not hesitate to reach out!
Monique Dubois (’21) – Secretary
Monique is a junior studying electrical engineering and biotechnology! She comes from Connecticut, which is a state of trees, suburbia and general nothing-to-do-ness. Monique is so excited to be this year's 3ps secretary! Most of her time is spent in the costume shop or Halligan Hall, so look for her in those places if ya' need her. Monique loves baking cookies and watching Parks and Rec in her free time (or when she's stressed, so good luck guessing which one). Hit her up with any good gifs or memes.
Ramon Fernandes (’20) – Treasurer
Ramon Fernandes is from the far away city of Medford, Massachusetts. He is a senior studying Computer Science and is so excited to be this year’s treasurer!! Ramon can be found studying late at night in the depths of the SEC, where not even the best can find him after closing.
Katie Rooney ('21) – Director of Programming
Katie is a junior who transferred to Tufts last year and is majoring in Theater and Film and Media Studies. In 3Ps, she’s a board member of FUN, as well as her new role as Director of Programming. She also ran the first 24 hour play festival and is directing a play, Red Noses, in the fall!
Batya Reich (‘21) – Media Archivist
Batya is a junior at Tufts majoring in Theater and Child Study & Human Development. She is very excited to be the 3Ps Media Archivist for 2019-2020. Batya has acted in several shows at Tufts and has worked backstage as run crew or designing costumes and props. In her free time, Batya can be found watching Netflix, and that's pretty much it. Feel free to reach out to Batya with any questions/queries about 3Ps and Tufts in general.
About Balch Arena Theater
Our primary theater and performance space is Balch Arena Theater in Aidekman Arts Center. Balch is a theater in-the-round. It has 5 seating sections, two of which are removable to create a 3/4 thrust stage, along with a tension grid, a booth, and dressing rooms. The theater is used by student groups and the Tufts Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies.