Signal Tribune

Newcomer P3 Theatre Company settles into the Ernest Borgnine Theatre

Anita W. Harris | Signal Tribune
Jon Peterson, director of the new P3 Theatre Company, below a portrait of late actor Ernest Borgnine at his namesake theatre, located inside the Long Beach Scottish Rit

When Jon Peterson quit his job in April 2018 after 10 years in the tradeshow industry, he never thought he’d be presiding at the Ernest Borgnine Theatre a year-and-a-half later as director of his own theatrical production company.

“I gave three days’ notice and then was on a flight to Taiwan to teach kids musical theatre,” he told the Signal Tribune in an Oct. 1 interview.

Peterson had enjoyed his previous job but said it wasn’t fulfilling, so he took a leap of faith to explore his artistic side, armed with 30 years’ experience as an actor and an MBA in finance. After his five-week contract in Taiwan was up, Peterson came back home unemployed.

Fortunately, Peterson knew Tim Cable, a Mason and personal representative of the Long Beach Scottish Rite, which houses the Ernest Borgnine Theatre. Peterson had performed in two shows at the theatre– Forever Plaid in 2016 and A Christmas Carol in 2017, in which Cable had played Scrooge.

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The Pride LA

BUSINESS FEATURE: Theatre for All at P3 Theatre Company

Evita at the P3 Theatre Company

Progressive theatre for the entire community

Long Beach has many quality venues for theatre, but one local theatre company not only offers top-notch theatrical performances but does so with a goal of equity for all.   

P3 Theatre Company, housed at the beautiful 800-seat Ernest Borgnine Theatre on Elm Avenue, provides professional theatrical stage presentations that assist in the enrichment of and are accessible to all income levels of the community.  

“P3 Theatre Company fosters Progressive groundbreaking new and existing works that are available to the entire community, without bias, to include individuals, children, and families that have needs based on economic, medical and any other challenges that would prevent them from having access to the benefits of attending a live theatrical stage production,”  said Jon Peterson Executive Artistic Director for P3. “We provide top quality, professionally produced theatrical works that provide paid employment opportunities for professional theatrical artists.  We also strive to inspire and enlighten the community in an effort to achieve complete harmony and inclusivity.” 

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Signal Hill Tribune

Theatre Review: Evita at the Ernest Borgnine Theatre

Long Beach has a new theatre company! The P3 Theatre Company, led by executive artistic director Jon Peterson, has taken up residence in the Ernest Borgnine Theatre and has begun its grand-opening season with the political rags-to-riches musical Evita.

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Press Telegram

New Long Beach theater company gets off to grand start on an historic stage

Jon Peterson holds a picture of himself and other actors performing “Evita” in 1995 at the Dinner Call Theatre in Tustin. Photo: Gary Metzker

Any father who has experienced it is happy to tell you what a privilege it is to witness a birth.

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Theater Review: P3 Theatre Company’s “Evita” (2019)

With bold confidence, the P3 Theatre Company have landed in Long Beach, CA with a great version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic Evita.

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The Grunion Gazette

New Theatre Troupe Makes Borgnine Theatre Home

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P3 Theatre Company Announces The Exciting Five Show Lineup For The Launch Of Their Inaugural Season

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Orange County Breeze

New P3 Theatre Company announces inaugural season beginning September 2019

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Long Beach Business Journal

New Theater Company P3 Announces Inaugural Long Beach Lineup

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One-On-One interview with P3 Executive Artistic Director, Jon Peterson

Interview with P3 Executive Artistic Director, Jon Peterson, and Tony Santamauro, Creator, Director and Choreographer MGM in Concert

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