The 3 Girls in 3Girls Theatre: Co-Artistic Directors Lee Brady, AJ Baker, Suze Allen.
(Photo (c) 2011 Charles Brady)
Suze Allen is a published author, playwright, teacher, dramaturge and director with credits on both coasts, and serves as 3GT Dramaturge and Director of Educational Programs. She was the creator of Fresh New Works San Francisco, The Maine Playwrights’ Lab and Short Works Festival, Artistic Director for the SF Writers and Actors Lab, Director for Fertile Ground Writing Studio and the resident Dramaturge and playwrighting instructor at The Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco. Her work and the work she has directed has played the Brava Theatre, 450 Geary, The Marsh, Intersection for the Arts, Noh Space, The Phoenix, OutNorth Contemporary Art House in Anchorage Alaska,and The SF and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. Her show THE MANIC MAMA DANCE premiered at the Marsh Café and played Birthfest 2008. Suze co-authored the book, The Time-Starved Woman’s Guide to Emotional Wellbeing with SD Shanti and advises writers through her company Manuscript Mentor. Most recently, Suze directed AJ Baker’s THE RIGHT THING and Lee Brady’s WHAT ABOUT BEN? at 3GT’s inaugural 2012 March Celebration Of Women’s History Month. In 2012, Suze was appointed the San Francisco representative to the Dramatists’ Guild.
AJ Baker, 3GT’s Executive Director, has had a varied career in the arts as a writer, producer and visual artist, but in recent years she’s focused her creative energy on playwriting and theatrical production. Her first full-length play, GLICKMAN’S THIRD ACT, a semi-finalist in the 2011 Bay Area Playwrights Festival competition, was developed by the Playwrights Center of San Francisco during 2010-2011, receiving staged readings at both Meadowsweet Dairy in Corte Madera (2010) and Brava! for Women in the Arts in San Francisco (2011). Her play THE RIGHT THING was initially staged as a co-production of 3GT and Dramatists’ Guild at SF Playhouse in 2011, and then had its world premiere in March 2012 as the headline production of 3GT’s inaugural Celebration Of Women’s History Month at Thick House in San Francisco. AJ also served as Executive Producer for the festival, overseeing the production of 8 plays at all stages in the development process. A Member of Dramatists’ Guild, AJ is an ongoing participant in the Will Dunne Dramatic Writing Workshops and a past member of the Board of Directors of PlayGround. From 2007-2008, she produced and directed the popular monthly nightclub event, Talk Show Live: San Francisco. When she’s not writing, AJ practices law, plays with her cats and eavesdrops for material in the cafes of North Beach.
Lee Brady is the consummate theatre professional whose resume could take up 10 pages on its own: for nearly fifty years she’s been writing, acting, teaching, producing, and directing. . . . but she considers herself to be first and foremost, a playwright. In addition to her role as 3GT Literary Director, Lee is a resident playwright/literary director for the Fearless Minds Production Company in Carmel Valley, California (their first annual Playwrights Festival was held in February 2011); a founder of Fresh New Works in San Francisco; an Adjunct Professor at Monterey Peninsula College; a Theatre Critic for the Pacific Sun Newspaper and has reviewed for the Scotsman in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her work has been produced in Edinburgh, Scotland and San Jose, Costa Rica, as well as in regional theatre in the Midwest, South, Southwest and several California cities. Among many others, she has won awards for her plays HOME FROM THE WEDDING and SOUTHERN LIGHTS. In 2011 alone, a collection of her plays, BRADY’S SHORTS, was produced in a sold-out production at the Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel, California and her short play JANICE & SHELLEY & JO was produced by 3GT at the SF Fringe Festival. Her double-bill SOUTHERN EXPOSURE was staged at the Cherry Center in Carmel in 2011, as well as at SF Playhouse in January 2012 as a co-production of 3GT and the Dramatists’ Guild. In 2012, her one-person musical drama WHAT ABOUT BEN? (previously a recipient of an International Playwrighting Award in Costa Rica) and was seen in an all-new production at 3GT’s inaugural Celebration Of Women’s History Month. In December 2011, Lee was honored for her achievements as a “Remarkable Woman” of the theatre in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Monterey’s “REMARKABLE WOMEN SERIES.”