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Founded in 1910 (making us the oldest student organization on campus), 3Ps produces student-run performances of all sorts and kinds.

Each Semester, 3Ps stages one major 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 include Torn Ticket II (Tufts' musical theatre organization), Bare Bodkin (student-written and experimental theatre), HYPE! (a mime troupe), Traveling Treasure Trunk (a children's theatre company), TUTV (a film production group), Lord Barnum's Players (an educational performance group affiliated with the Boston Shakespeare Project) comedy and improv groups such as Major: Undecided, the Institute, and Cheap Sox, and dance ensembles such as Sarabande and Tap Ensemble.

Meetings are held at the Balch Arena Theatre in the Aidekman Center for the Arts on Mondays during open block (at noon). 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!

FAQs

What do the 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.

What is the difference between 3Ps, Torn Ticket II, Bare Bodkin, and Department Shows?

3Ps stages plays, typically by published playwrights. Torn Ticket II produces musicals. Bare Bodkin is student written work or shows that are experimental in some other way. All three of these organizations are student run entirely extracurricularly. The department shows are done for course credit and are directed and designed by professors and professionals.

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!

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.

About the Board

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Kristin Reeves, A’18 – President

Hi friends! I'm Kristin and I'm so excited to serve as your President for 3Ps this coming year! I'm a senior here at Tufts, double majoring in Drama and Sociology. When I'm not 3Ps-ing, I'm usually working in the drama department office, giving tours for admissions, or watching Netflix in inappropriate locations. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions/thoughts/concerns you may have, or if you just want to grab a cup of coffee and chat!

How are you involved in the 3Ps world?
I'm mostly an actor, but I've dabbled in directing and one time I props designed.

How'd you get your start in theater?
I started off dancing actually! My older sister is a dancer and so from a very young age I started taking classes and performing - I loved being on stage more than anything else. Then, when I was 8-ish years old, my town was putting on a production of Guys and Dolls, Jr and I got the starring role as missionary band member. I had one line, which I messed up for every performance, but I was hooked and haven't stopped doing theatre since! (I actually wrote about that show for my college essay because I was in another production of Guys and Dolls as a junior in high school and was Adelaide. It was all very full-circle and cheesy).

What's something in theater you think you'd be really good at/might like doing but you haven't really tried?
I've always wanted to do more design stuff, particularly hair and makeup. I'm obsessed with makeup and beauty stuff and spend most of my free time watching tutorials on YouTube so I think it'd be wicked fun.

What's one thing you learned about 3Ps or Tufts embarrassingly long after you joined/came to campus?
Tbh I don't have a great answer to this question because I pretty much stalked Tufts and 3Ps the summer before I got here and genuinely think I knew more about them then than I do now.

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Jon O’Brien, A’19 – Director of Production

Hyello! I'm a Junior (oh dear lord) Drama major who really just does theatre. Also D&D (talk to me about my sIcK pLaYzZzZz). Also also Coffee (hmu whenever!!). Also also also plz use "they/them" pronouns, thx a million!

How are you involved in the 3Ps world?
As Production Manager I'm in charge of all 3Ps Tech. Outside of that, I mostly Stage Manager with a dash of Lights and just a hint of H&M (Hair and Makeup), Sound, and Scenic (shoutout to Robyn, the true hero of 3Ps).

How'd you get your start in theater?
I used to act (ugh) before and through high school, but while I (surprisingly) didn't suck I also didn't super enjoy it. I started stage managing kind of by accident at a local community theatre, and from there it's history.

What's something in theater you think you'd be really good at/might like doing but you haven't really tried?
I wish I could dance more/better, if only so I could say "they're dancing", in the third person, about me.

What's one thing you learned about 3Ps or Tufts embarrassingly long after you joined/came to campus?
Apparently it's not exactly normal to contact the Media Archivist and Production Manager literally months before you're even getting to Tufts about working on shows??!?!? (That being said please talk to me, even months before you get here, if you want to work on shows!! We want YOU to try everything you're interested in and have a super positive tech experience!!)

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Selena Groh, A’19 – Secretary

Hi y'all! My name is Selena Groh, and I'm from the good ol' Midwest, home of deep-dish pizza and corn. I'm a junior and a Cognitive and Brain Sciences and Computer Science double major. I'm also your 3Ps Secretary this year, so prepare yourself for emails and GIFs galore. Formatting spreadsheets is my life and graphic design is my passion. Also, the best Dewick dessert is clearly cannoli tarts.

How are you involved in the 3Ps world?
I primarily stage manage and produce shows for both 3Ps and Torn Ticket II.

How'd you get your start in theater?
I was making the costumes for our 8th grade musical and the moms didn't think I could do it. I guess you could say my whole theater career has been a direct response to that moment.
What's something in theater you think you'd be really good at/might like doing but you haven't really tried?
I have some mediocre sewing and knitting skills so maybe costume tech?

What's one thing you learned about 3Ps or Tufts embarrassingly long after you joined/came to campus?
There's a second floor of Aidekman??

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Jonah Greene, A’20 – Treasurer

Hey friends! My name is Jonah Greene, I'm a sophomore from Fayetteville, Arkansas studying drama and history and I am so honored to be your 3Ps treasurer this year!! Other than stealing the entire 3Ps budget and spending it on food, my passions include telling people I'm from Arkansas and then having to explain what Arkansas is, fighting Torn Ticket II treasurer Meghan Podolsky, and Hodgdon quesadillas. Welcome to Tufts, class of 2021!!!

How are you involved in the 3Ps world?
I try to do a little bit of everything but I'm primarily a director and actor!

How'd you get your start in theater?
I had never done theatre before, but then my sophomore year of high school I decided to audition on a whim for Alice in Wonderland at a regional theatre. I got in and was given the role of the doorknob. This of course won me a Tony Award, and the rest is history.

What's something in theater you think you'd be really good at/might like doing but you haven't really tried?
I really want to learn more about stage combat!

What's one thing you learned about 3Ps or Tufts embarrassingly long after you joined/came to campus?
For the entire year I thought I was attending Brown University, not Tufts!! #yikes #rollbos

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Nicky Carne, A’18 – Director of Programming

Heya 3Ps! I'm Nicky, a senior Film and Media and Spanish double major hailing from Brooklyn, NY. My favorite things are burritos, my sister, and riding my bike so don't hesitate to scream and wave at me if I'm biking by you on campus this year and/or eating a Hodge burrito in your vicinity.

How are you involved in the 3Ps World?
Once a nameless peripheral hunched over in the back of Balch like "do I even want to do theater?", I'm now one of your friendly neighborhood stage managers. Unless you're an actor late to rehearsal or a designer behind on their work, then I'm your mean-spirited, terrible old neighborhood grouch.

How'd you get your start in theater?
When I was like 10 years old I acted at Brooklyn Children's Theater for years until I was old enough to realize that I had no talent AND awful stage fright. But I loved the community so the organizers let me stick around as an assistant for a few years until I was experienced enough to stage manage for the younger group's shows.

What's something in theater you think you'd be really good at/might like doing but you haven't really tried?
As a stage manager I never have the opportunity to share my ~artistic vision~ but I always thought I would be an excellent director! I think I have a nice eye for staging things but I know NOTHING about actors and their process so I could never lead anything like viewpoints (if you're an actor and new to 3Ps seriously prepare thyself for viewpoints).

What's one thing you learned about 3Ps or Tufts embarrassingly long after you joined/came to campus?
Once in Freshman year I asked an upperclassmen where Theta Chi was. Sporting too much eyeliner and my iconic Tufts lanyard I confidently said "excuse me, where is Theta CHEE". They just laughed hysterically while my mortified friend told me how to pronounce "chi".

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Zach Rosenfeld, A‘20 – Media Archivist

Hey there! My name is Zach Rosenfeld, and I'm a rising sophomore from Brooklyn, NY, and this years 3Ps Media Archivist! My prospective majors are Political Science and Drama (basically professional lying).* When I'm not on stage or in the rehearsal room, you can probably find me cynically muttering to myself in my dorm room as my own unique form of procrastination. Looking forward to a fantastic year!

*Get ready to hear that joke a lot from me.

How are you involved in the 3Ps World?
Besides being the Media Archivist for 3Ps, I'm pretty much just good for acting (and assistant directing the O-Show for this year). I wish I had other skills, but sadly for me I do not.

How'd you get your start in theater?
I started performing as a stand up comic at New York's Gotham Comedy Club at nine years old (seriously), and started acting in the 8th grade when I was cast as Watson in Sherlock Holmes. I went on to act and do sketch, improv, and more stand up comedy throughout the entirety of high school.

What's something in theater you think you'd be really good at/might like doing but you haven't really tried?
I think I might be good at directing-but only comedy. Like I genuinely wouldn't trust myself to direct anything but a comedy. Also maybe like producing or something administrative? Who knows!

What's one thing you learned about 3Ps or Tufts embarrassingly long after you joined/came to campus?
For the first month and a half I pronounced Davis Square "DAH-VIS" as opposed to "DAVE-IS." True story. You don't want to be caught making that mistake unless you have no shame.

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