The Bridge Initiative is a theatre collective and incubator in Phoenix, Arizona dedicated to increasing opportunity and visibility for professional theatre artists from historically marginalized groups, with a focus on gender parity.
We believe theatre should act as a mirror and a window to inspire growth and build community.
We hold a safe and brave space to serve artists and audience.
- Shared power
DIGGING DEEPER… DEFINITIONS
We are a group of professional artists committed to working, learning, and growing together.
We are focused on developing new work and new interpretations as well as world/regional premieres.
OPPORTUNITY AND VISIBILITY
Off-stage and on, we intentionally amplify artists who are historically and systemically marginalized and underrepresented.
Producers, directors, designers, writers, actors, technicians who are compensated equitably.
HISTORICALLY MARGINALIZED GROUPS
Everyone who is discriminated against on the basis of (including but not limited to) gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, age, size, ability, neurodiversity, poverty or housing insecurity, military service, or pregnancy.
CENTERING GENDER PARITY
We are committed to hiring creative teams (personnel working on a given project both on and offstage) that are majority people from marginalized genders (specifically cis women, transgender women, transgender men, non-binary, gender-queer, and/or gender-fluid).
Our work reflects and represents our audience and community in its diversity and complexity, avoiding stereotypes.
Our work brings our audience into contact with diverse perspectives and points of view different from their own.
We are life-long learners who strive for authenticity, humility, and responsibility, hold ourselves accountable to our values, and are dedicated to acknowledging and learning from our mistakes.
We believe in dialogue between artists and audience, and are working to provide safe and brave spaces for artists to collaborate. Ensure historically marginalized voices are heard, valued, and validated.
SAFE & BRAVE
The artistic process requires vulnerability which is brave and doesn’t always feel “safe.” To inspire the trust required for bravery, we are dedicated to creating a space that may at times be uncomfortable but that is safe from discrimination, harrassment, predatory behavior, and bullying. We commit to Content Warnings for our projects when appropriate and offering service and safety resources when needed. We welcome differing points of view as long as they are not creating harmful or unsafe conditions for others.
Our audition, meeting, rehearsal, and performance venues, off-stage and on.
All who engage with our events, whether participatory or passive, in person or virtually.