GirlWrights: A Playwriting Lab for Young Women is a free outreach program for underserved youth, which is part of 3Girls Theatre’s mission to support the female perspective on the stage. Our Resident Playwrights, as well as visiting artists, work to give students the opportunity to write, cast, rehearse and stage their plays in varied venues.
GirlWrights gives voice to young women who might otherwise not be heard with opportunities to create plays that represent their everyday issues, their dreams and their own brand of great entertaining theatre. Teenage girls are one of our nation’s most underserved populations: they need outlets for expressing their concerns and desires as they navigate the rocky shoals of adolescence.
Channeling and guiding the passionate and often restless energy of teenage girls into art is a proven and potent antidote to other, less positive inner city alternatives. 3Girls Theatre aims to make this kind of constructive creativity possible for our students. Our free programming assures that all girls are eligible and able to express themselves despite their socio-economic status. In turn, their stories influence 3Girls Theatre’s playwrights and audiences by building a spectrum of many perspectives and artistry.
After two successful pilot programs, 3GT is now engaged in fundraising to make the program a reality on an ongoing basis. We have partnered with Bay View Hunters Point Youth Foundation, (http://bayviewci.org/core-programs/youth-services/) where we have a successful playwriting intensive that produces monologues by girls who experience many difficult situations in their everyday life and we offer them the chance to perform their own pieces at our summer festivals. This powerful platform has far reaching results for empowering girls to speak their truth. Audiences are mesmerized and changed by their stories.
For the last three years we have also partnered with Dr. Carol Langlois, the author of “Girl Talk – Boys, Bullies and Body Image” (https://dr-carol.com/2013/06/10/girl-talk-boys-bullies-and-body-image/) to tour schools with a play version of her book, which has interviews with Bay Area teens about the issues that affect them. These word for word interviews pack a powerful punch and have proven to create vital conversations among teenage girls.