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.

3GT Values: 

● 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.