About

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

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!

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!

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.

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 3Ps Board

This section will be updated with new board bios soon!

Abby Schmidt, A’18 – President

James Boehme, A’21 – Director of Production

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.

Ramon Fernandes, A’20 – Treasurer

Sophia Balsamo, A’18 – Director of Programming

Jeffrey Blitt, A‘21 – Media Archivist

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.

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