Tufts University's Oldest Student Theatre and Performance Organzation
How many shows are put on each semester?
Each semester, 3Ps puts on one mainstage production and up to two workshop productions. We also always have an orientation show during Freshman Orientation. The Umbrella Groups also put on their own productions. Torn Ticket II puts on musicals and Bare Bodkin does student written and experimental theatre. At any given time there can be multiple shows in production. There is never a dull moment!
Do I have to be a Theatre major to audition or work on a show?
No! At Tufts being a theatre major has no impact on auditions or participation in productions. Our theatre community stretches far and wide across the academic spectrum. Whether you are interested in engineering, political science, chemistry or history, you are welcome to join us!
How can I become a member?
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend meetings! Becoming a voting member requires a certain level of commitment to the organization, as detailed in our constitution.
How many people are in 3Ps?
3Ps has about 60 voting members, but over 350 different people participate in productions from year to year.
When and where are meetings?
We have weekly meetings during Monday Open Block (12pm) in the Balch Arena Theatre in the Aidekman Arts Center. Everyone is welcome, and it’s a great way to hear about all of the opportunities you have to get involved! After the meeting, we all head to Dewick to eat together.
Is 3Ps the only theatre/performance group on campus?
Absolutely not! We’re also the umbrella group for a number of other theatre groups, such as Torn Ticket II for musicals and Bare Bodkin for experimental and student written productions. There’s even more performance groups like Trunk! who does children’s theatre and Cheap Sox our improv troupe here at Tufts. Check out our Umbrella Groups page for a full listing!
What kind of time commitment does working on a show require?
This depends greatly on what kind of show you are working on. Mainstage productions require many hours of commitment. Rehearsals are often up to four hours a day, five days a week. Production staff and design positions are also time commitments. On any given show, it is expected that everyone involved helps with load-in and tech rehearsals. These usually take up the weekend and evenings prior to performances.
Acting and Auditioning
What are auditions like?
Auditions are different for every show, and usually involve a combination of prepared sides or monologues and cold reads. Most shows have callbacks. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or the show’s stage manager (look on the call board to find out who) for audition-specific questions.
What is the call board?
The call board is a big bulletin board located just outside the main entrance to the Balch Arena Theatre in the Aidekman Arts Center. 3Ps and umbrella groups post any and all important information there, including audition information, sign-ups, performance information, etc.
Do I have to take a class to audition?
Definitely not! We want anyone and everyone to audition for our productions, regardless of formal training and past experience.
Tech and Design
Are there opportunities for run crew?
Yes! Always! Run crew is almost always in need! It is a small commitment and a great way to get involved and see what theatre at Tufts is all about!
I am interested in both acting and in design. Is it possible to do both?
Yes! There are often several people that choose to design for a show in the fall and then audition in the spring, or even design lights for one show and then costumes for another. It is definitely possible, although you cannot both design AND act in one show.
I don’t have any experience with tech, is it too late to start?
Absolutely not! You can always be an assistant on any position (designer, production or direction) with no experience necessary! In addition, the Tufts Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies department offers several great technical theatre classes!
What positions are there on production staffs?
All shows, mainstages and workshops, have a director, stage manager and producer at a minimum. Mainstage shows also have set, lighting, sound, props, costume, hair and makeup designers as well as a scenic charge, technical director, costume tech, and a master electrician. Some shows will even have a dramaturg, musical director or a choreographer depending on the production.