Fairness and Belonging
PlayPenn believes in a free, fair, and transparent process that is welcoming to all. PlayPenn strives to remove all inequitable barriers that prevent people from fully engaging in the process.
Authenticity and Respect
PlayPenn believes everyone should be treated with dignity. PlayPenn respects diversity in voice, theatricality, language, style, class, culture, tradition, and identity.
Empathy and Flexibility
PlayPenn believes in continually challenging our assumptions and biases, evaluating the impact of our choices on others, and acting with flexibility, timeliness and care, when change is needed.
Curiosity and Dialogue
PlayPenn believes in active curiosity and inclusive discussions. We strive to work against the destructive ramifications of silence, “groupthink,” and the centering of whiteness over diverse voices.
Community and Collaboration
PlayPenn values the multiplicity of voices in our community and believes that the collaborative process of storytelling deepens connections and communal understanding, in ways that enrich us all.
Sense of Play and Trust
PlayPenn believes there is joy in being a part of creation. When artists trust the organization’s values and processes they can more fully explore the boundaries of their work.