3GIRLS THEATRE COMPANY
VALUES AND COMMITMENTS
3GT was founded in 2011 by three straight, white, cis women playwrights over 40, with the purpose of amplifying the voices of a continuously under represented population: women playwrights. It became immediately clear that even among marginalized women playwrights, there were still horrifying disparities in resources and opportunities for members of certain intersectional communities. 3GT has been creating programs and additional resources targeted at the most disenfranchised members of our sisterhood ever since.
Ten years later, 3GT’s playwright cohort has become multiracial, multigenerational, and includes people assigned female at birth and trans women. As we’ve grown, we’ve deliberately sought out new faces for positions of artistic and administrative leadership. Today, 50% of our core leadership team is Black and/or Latina women; 50% are 25-35 years old; and 63% are queer. As we celebrate our Tenth Anniversary this year, we’re proud that hundreds of SF Bay Area theatre artists who share our vision - across ages, perspectives, and genders - now collaborate with 3GT to “put every woman's work onstage, where it belongs.”
3GT has become a community, and like all communities, it is important to establish shared values. 3GT rejects white-supremacy, heteronormativity, ageism, ableism, sexism, misogyny, and other socio-economic means of oppression that do harm to already marginalized populations. 3GT also acknowledges that these problems are woven into the fabric of our society, and that eradicating them will require a commitment to doing the hard work of unpacking the privileges within our artistic community and society more broadly. To be a member of the 3GT community is to share in our common values, and to share in our commitments to reducing harms we perpetuate.
This is a living document that will grow and change with our learning and deepening understanding of what it means to be Anti-Racist as people and as an organization.
● Representation. The voices of those usually left out of the conversation matter to us, a lot! 3GT is a home base for writers and artists who are largely left out of the American mainstream. We amplify their voices.
● Intersectionality. Our playwrights and collaborators come from diverse personal experiences. Acknowledging and celebrating what we share, and what we don’t, is critical to healthy interpersonal relationships, especially creative and professional ones.
● Economic Accessibility. Most of our productions are free, pay-what you-can tickets are always available at the door when we do charge, and no one is ever turned away because of an inability to pay.
● Compensation. All artists, technicians, and other partners are paid for the work they do for us.
● Harm Reduction. Art isn’t easy, neither is Justice. While we encourage people to take risks and make mistakes, we ask that our collaborators come to the work with a desire to not perpetuate harm, and to come enthusiastically to the collective work of disrupting cycles of oppression in our society.
● Belonging. 3GT is a living, ever-changing community. We want all artists, not just our playwrights, to feel at home at 3GT, to bring their full selves into the room so everyone can loudly and responsibly share their voice.
● Celebration. Life is hard, and making art can be even harder. At the very least, we want everyone to have FUN working with us, remember when working on a play was fun?!
● Excellence. Our goal is to help Bay Area women playwrights make the best theatre they can.
We ask all of 3GT’s partners and collaborators to join us in making the following Commitments:
● Create space for other artists and collaborators to share their voice at full volume.
● Be an Accomplice in good trouble, not an “Ally.” *
● Open to explore the difference between subversive/provocative writing vs. harm-causing writing. ^
● Believe people when they say they’ve been harmed.
● Celebrate opportunities to disrupt harm and cycles of harm.
● Be humble in the opportunities to grow as artists and humans
● Create time and space to slow down sometimes, rest, pause.
● Being accountable for harm caused means accepting consequences for trust broken.
3GT has a professional imperative and curatorial responsibility both to our artists and audiences. If we believe that a script or collaborator does not abide by these commitments, 3GT may end our relationship with those parties. 3GT has no desire to be punitive, but we will be responsive in protecting the community when someone is not being considerate of these commitments.