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.