About  Theatre  Three

About Us

THEATRE THREE is dedicated to developing an appreciation for the art of live theatre among the residents of Long Island by involving as large a constituency as possible in a rich variety of programming which includes Mainstage, Second Stage, Cabaret, and Children's Theatre productions. The development of future audiences and performers is accessed through touring programs, a dramatic academy, and workshops. THEATRE THREE presents a diverse program of fresh and imaginative revivals of classics and modern plays. The Theatre is an arena for previously unproduced plays, and works towards their future development. The Theatre provides an environment in which talent can be nurtured, encouraged, and trained in the pursuit of a professional career. It is the goal of THEATRE THREE to attract familiar and established theatre artists to work with the theatre's own ensemble. THEATRE THREE expands its Long Island base by working with other theatres throughout the country in the development of programming and artistic exchange in order to achieve its goal of being the premier professional theatre of Long Island.

Our History

THEATRE THREE, located in Port Jefferson, New York, is a year-round not-for-profit professional regional theatre that was founded in 1969. For the past 30 seasons, Theatre Three has occupied Athena Hall, a 140-year-old historic building.

Each year, Theatre Three presents a Mainstage season of seven productions (four musicals, two plays, and A Christmas Carol.) The Second Stage presents an on-going series of events including small plays, original one-acts, staged readings, and cabaret performances. In addition, the Second Stage is home to Long Island’s longest running improv troupe: Friday Night Face-Off.

The in-house children's theatre presents nine original topical musicals. The touring children's theatre offers original programs dealing with child-at-risk or educational issues. Theatre Three's Dramatic Academy offers three semesters each year (Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer) with classes for ages 6 through adult. Our Musical Theatre Factory presents two all-student productions each summer.

Theatre Three's Mainstage seasons have offered a wide variety of productions including the Long Island premieres of I Am My Own Wife, Into the Woods, Children of a Lesser God, M Butterfly, Prelude to a Kiss, Mr. Cinders, Someone To Watch Over Me, and All in the Timing, as well as the world premieres of Summer of ’69: Return to Woodstock; 1968: Rock the World; The Irish Legacy, Before I Wake, and The Faculty Room.

Theatre Three’s Second Stage has produced an outstanding roster of cutting-edge dramas (including Blood Knot, The Puppetmaster of Lodz, A Man with Connections, Samm Art Williams’ Home, Agnes of God, My Sister in This House, Three Tall Women, and Death and the Maiden ) and delightful comedies (Shirley Valentine, Frankie & Johnny in the Claire de Lune, and The Mystery of Irma Vep). The Second Stage has also produced 13 annual Festivals of One-Act Plays featuring world premieres; to date, the Festival has presented over 50 original works selected from nearly 3,000 entries by authors from across the country and Canada. The Second Stage has hosted such cabaret luminaries as Tovah Feldshuh, KT Sullivan, Marilyn Sokol, Julie Wilson, Billy Stritch, and the late Nancy LaMott.

The in-house Children’s Theatre has presented programs on a wide array of subjects: ecology (Robinson Robot and the Lost Halloween), the dangers of smoking (Puff-the-Not-So-Magic Dragon), honesty (The Boy Who Cried Werewolf), and race relations and the homeless (The Three Little Pigs or Home Is Where You Hold Your Heart). Our in-house children’s programs are both entertaining and educational.

The Children’s Touring Productions have included the nationally acclaimed anti-DWI play And These, Our Friends which has been performing for the past 20 years and was re-envisioned last season as a safe driving show, adding a focus on elements of texting and cell phone usage. From the Fires: Voices of the Holocaust has been seen by over 120,000 people in schools and community centers on Long Island, as well as in Manhattan and in four other states, for over 500 performances in the past 15 years. The most recent touring addition is the highly successful Class Dismissed: The Bullying Project for grades 5 through 8; there have been over 250 performances in its three seasons. Currently, the Theatre is developing a companion piece to this bullying project geared for grades K through 4.

For four decades, THEATRE THREE has been committed to bringing the finest in live theatre to the Long Island community.

Staff

EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR   Jeffrey Sanzel
MANAGING DIRECTOR   Vivian Koutrakos
GROUP SALES   Douglas Quattrock
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT   Douglas Quattrock
RESIDENT MUSIC DIRECTOR   Ellen Michelmore
ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE   Steve McCoy
PRODUCTION DESIGNER   Randall Parsons
RESIDENT STAGE MANAGER   Peter Casdia
RESIDENT LIGHTING DESIGNER   Robert W. Henderson Jr.
COSTUME SHOP SUPERVISOR   Bonnie Vidal
FRONT OF HOUSE COORDINATOR   Russ Pulick
COMPTROLLER   Lois Endsley
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS   Carol D'Accordo
Anne Lennstrom
CHILDREN'S THEATRE TOURING
COORDINATOR
  Ellen Michelmore
COMPUTER/WEB COORDINATOR Russ Pulick
SUBSCRIPTIONS   Julia Pulick
BOX OFFICE   Carol D'Accordo
Julia Pulick
Russ Pulick
Cathy Rodgers
CONCESSION   Carol D'Accordo
GRAPHIC DESIGN Creative FX
PHOTOGRAPHER-IN-RESIDENCE   Peter Lanscombe
Board of Directors

President   Andrew Markowitz
Vice President   Doug Firestone
Treasurer   Bradlee E. Bing
Secretary   Dana Bush
Members   Neil Block
    Eric Cherches
    John P. Fitzpatrick
    Brian Hoerger
    Don Lippencott
    Sal Sinito

Comments

  • Mr. Sanzel, your current production of Les Miserables is off-the-charts incredible. Is there even a slight possibility of you extending this unbelievable show for a few extra performances? So many people I know want to see it but haven't been able to as some of the show have been sold out. Mr. Sanzel, you are brilliant and the talent that in this production is amazing. It brought me to tears. I'd love to see it again. I tried to get tickets this weekend again and have been unable to.
    -- Pam K.
  • My husband and i saw the production last night, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee", and I was blown away by it. The singing and acting were great. Good script didn't hurt, either.

    -- Marjorie C.
  • Attn: Jeffrey Sanzel Saw Debbie D'Amore in "Bingo"....just fabulous!!! Please,please,please bring her back as soon as possible. Her acting is off the charts delightful.. When it comes to artistry, her inflections, facial expressions and timing are superb and she has a beautiful voice. Wow! Wow! Wow! Great choice- We're season subscribers.

    -- Tom and Claire C.
  • From his first line, following the opening "Food, Glorious Food" anthem that bespeaks the nearstarvation diet of workhouse orphanages, Kiernan Urso as Oliver has us eating out of his outstretched hands, begging, "Please, sir, I want some more."

    -- Steve Parks - Newsday
  • An amazing performance from two fabulous actresses! Marci, you deserve an academy award as Betty Davis.. You and Elizabeth provided a realistic, dynamic, memorable show. Kudos and more to you and director, Bradlee Bing for providing first class entertainment in the play, me and Jezebel. Thank you so very much.

    -- Nancy C. --