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Theresa May

Theresa’s been a voice for green theatre and what she calls ‘ecodramaturgy’ for many years. (See Howlround article by Dillon Slaggle) Her passion for how theatre can engage with environmental issues began in the 1990s when she founded Theatre in the Wild, a fringe theatre in Seattle that devised plays around environmental themes with K-12 in the public schools, and produced site-specific works. In 1991 her company organized Theatre in an Ecological Age, a conference organized for theatre-makers designed to ask, How theatre artists can respond to the environmental crisis?, and co-authored (with Larry Fried) one of first books on sustainable theatre practice (Greening Up Our Houses, Drama Books, 1994). In 2004, she and Larry Fried founded Earth Matters on Stage (EMOS), an ecodrama playwright’s festival that calls for new plays on environmental themes. EMOS 2017-18 will be at U of Alaska, Anchorage. In 2006, as part of responding to the local impact of climate change, she wrote the community-based play, Salmon Is Everything.  It was developed in collaboration with tribal communities on the Klamath River in response to the 2001 drought and salmon crisis, and published in 2014 by OSU Press. (See Howlround article by Waylon Lenk)  She is co-editor of Readings in Performance and Ecology (with Wendy Arons), and writes about the intersection of theatre and ecology. She teaches theatre practice, Native drama, ecodramaturgy, and environmental theatre at U Oregon in Eugene. She is developing curriculum around theatre and climate change.

Radical Empathy, Embodied Pedagogy, and Climate Change Theatre

Radical Empathy, Embodied Pedagogy, and Climate Change Theatre

20 April 2016

Director and educator Theresa May writes about the potential of theatre about climate change to affect hearts and minds.