Climate Change

Interested in how theatre artists are addressing the greatest threat to our planet? This section contains writing about sustainable production, videos of eco-theatre performances, and much more.

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Livestreaming a Conversation: Green New Theater Part 5
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Livestreaming a Conversation: Green New Theater Part 5

Right Relationship to Land and History

Wednesday 2 December 2020
United States
A Very Very Very Serious Clown from Lebanon
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A Very Very Very Serious Clown from Lebanon

by Sabine Choucair, Amrita Dhaliwal, Nathaniel Justiniano
10 November 2020
Livestreaming: Designing the New Decade: Green Theatre [Live Captions]
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Livestreaming: Designing the New Decade: Green Theatre [Live Captions]

Hosted by European Theatre Convention's International Theatre Conference

Wednesday 25 November 2020
European Union
Livestreaming a Conversation: Green New Theater Part 5
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Livestreaming a Conversation: Green New Theater Part 5

Right Relationship to Land and History

Wednesday 2 December 2020
United States

Groundwater Arts presents Green New Theater Part 5: Right Relationship to Land and History (ASL-interpreted) livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 2 December 2020 at 4 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) 5 p.m. MST (Colorado, UTC -7) / 6 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 7 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5).

Designing the New Decade, Green Theatre event poster.
Livestreaming: Designing the New Decade: Green Theatre [Live Captions]
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Livestreaming: Designing the New Decade: Green Theatre [Live Captions]

Hosted by European Theatre Convention's International Theatre Conference

Wednesday 25 November 2020
European Union

What can theatres do to reduce their carbon footprints? Why and how do we need to act and change our ways of producing, working and travelling? The conference will focus on sustainability and "Green Theatre" practices to help the sector effectively implement the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

triptych of three clowns
A Very Very Very Serious Clown from Lebanon
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A Very Very Very Serious Clown from Lebanon

10 November 2020

Amrita Dhaliwal and Nathaniel Justiniano speak with Lebanese humanitarian clown Sabine Choucair, covering the differences between clowning and bouffon, joining the revolution, environmental work, and more.

child drawing on a wall
RE:seeding, in correspondence Performance to Camera by Jade Montserrat
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RE:seeding, in correspondence Performance to Camera by Jade Montserrat

A new performance to camera suggesting that there is a connection between ourselves and the earth

Friday 23 October 2020
London, United Kingdom

performingbordersLIVE20 and Live Art Development Agency presented a performance of RE:seeding, in correspondence Performance to Camera by Jade Montserrat livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 23 October 2020 at 2 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 7 p.m. BST (London, UTC+1) / 20:00 CEST (UTC+2).

School of Resistance episode 7 poster.
School of Resistance, Episode Seven: Environmental Repercussions
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School of Resistance, Episode Seven: Environmental Repercussions

Living in a compromised world: a dialogue with Gail Bradbrook (UK), Alexis Shotwell (Canada), Alice Swift (UK)

Sunday 4 October
Ghent, Belgium

NTGent presented School of Resistance, Episode Seven: Environmental Repercussions livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 4 October 2020 at 18:00 CEST (Ghent, UTC +2) / 17:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 12:00 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 9:00 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7).

event text PUBLICLY TRANSPARENT BUDGETING
Green New Theater Part 4: Publicly Transparent Budgeting (Live-captioned and ASL-interpreted)
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Green New Theater Part 4: Publicly Transparent Budgeting (Live-captioned and ASL-interpreted)

Y’all.... Where That Money At?

Thursday 1 October 2020
United States

Groundwater Arts presented Green New Theater Part 4: Publicly Transparent Budgeting (ASL-interpreted) livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 1 October 2020 at 4 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) 5 p.m. MDT (Colorado, UTC -6) / 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 7 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

Poster for School of Resistance, episode 5.
School of Resistance, Episode 5: Beyond Europe
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School of Resistance, Episode 5: Beyond Europe

Building Transnational Futures with Ulrike Guérot and Srećko Horvat

Friday 25 September 2020
Ghent, Belgium

NTGent presented School of Resistance, Episode Five: Beyond Europe: Building Transnational Futures livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 25 September 2020 at 18:00 CEST (Ghent, UTC +2) / 17:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 12:00 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 9:00 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7).

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School of Resistance - Episode Four: Why Theatre?
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School of Resistance - Episode Four: Why Theatre?

Theatre in Emergency. A dialogue with Nora Chipaumire (USA) and Chantal Mouffe (UK)

Thursday 3 September 2020
Ghent, Belgium

NTGent presented School of Resistance - Episode Four: Why Theatre? livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 3 September 2020 at 18:30 CEST (Ghent, UTC +2) / 17:30 BST (London, UTC +1) / 12:30 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 9:30 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7)

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Green New Theater Part 3: Y'all, we gotta fix all of it (ASL-interpreted)
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Green New Theater Part 3: Y'all, we gotta fix all of it (ASL-interpreted)

hosted by Groundwater Arts

Thursday 13 August 2020
United States

Groundwater Arts presented Green New Theater Part 3: Y'all, we gotta fix all of it livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 13 August 2020 at 4 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) 5 p.m. MDT (Colorado, UTC -6) / 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 7 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

field of sunflowers.
a farm for meme (ASL-interpreted)
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a farm for meme (ASL-interpreted)

A Zoom performance written by Virginia Grise

1 - 2 August 2020
Dallas, TX United States

allgo and Cara Mía Theatre presented a farm for meme livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 1 August and Sunday 2 August 2020, in collaboration with a todo dar productions and Innovations in Socially Distant Performance, an initiative of Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts.

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Green New Theater Part 2: Decolonized Leadership Practices
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Green New Theater Part 2: Decolonized Leadership Practices

hosted by Groundwater Arts

Thursday 16 July 2020
United States

Groundwater Arts presented Green New Theater Part 2: Decolonized Leadership Practices livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 16 July 2020 at 4 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 7 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

A theatre stage door, open to a sunset. The words The Green Rooms on the brick wall.
The Green Rooms: The Earth is Watching…Let’s Act
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The Green Rooms: The Earth is Watching…Let’s Act

A deep dive into the most urgent question of our time: How do we engage with the climate crisis and can theatre be part of the solution?

Wednesday 10 June to Friday 12 June 2020
Canada

NAC English Theatre in partnership with The Canada Council for the Arts, and FOLDA presented The Green Rooms: The Earth is Watching…Let’s Act livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from Wednesday 10 June to Saturday 13 June 2020.

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School of Resistance - Episode Two: Make the World Habitable Again
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School of Resistance - Episode Two: Make the World Habitable Again

Climate, economy and protest in the Global South. A dialog with Vandana Shiva and Vanessa Nakate hosted by Lara Staal

Thursday 28 May 2020
Ghent, Belgium

NTGent presented School of Resistance - Episode Two: Make the World Habitable Again livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 28 May 2020 at 10 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 11 a.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 16:00 BEST (London, UTC+1) / 17:00 CEST (Ghent, UTC+2) / 18:00 EAT (Kampala, UTC+3) 20:30 IST (New Delhi, UTC+5:30).

Forrest Gander and Raquel Salas Rivera.
Global Ecopoetics: Poetry, Translation, Climate Change, and Public Health
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Global Ecopoetics: Poetry, Translation, Climate Change, and Public Health

Forrest Gander in conversation with Raquel Salas Rivera.

Tuesday 26 May 2020
United States

PEN America, the Center for the Humanities at CUNY Graduate Center, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library presented Global Ecopoetics: Poetry, Translation, Climate Change & Public Health livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 26 May 2020 at 10:30 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 12:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 1:30 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 18:30 BST (London, UTC+1) / 19:30 CEST (Berlin, UTC+2).

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School of Resistance - Episode One: This Madness Has to Stop
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School of Resistance - Episode One: This Madness Has to Stop

Opening speech of Wiener Festwochen by Kay Sara. Followed by a debate with Tania Bruguera and Milo Rau, moderated by Lara Staal

Saturday 16 May 2020
Ghent, Belgium

NTGent presented School of Resistance - Episode One: This madness has to stop livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 16 May 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 17:00 BEST (London, UTC+1) / 18:00 CEST (Belgium, UTC+2).

a person controlling a theatre's light rail rope system
Rebuilding a Better Theatre Industry Post-Pandemic
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Rebuilding a Better Theatre Industry Post-Pandemic

A Punch List

14 May 2020

Genevieve Beller argues that the current forced pause on society provides a rare opportunity for theatres to take stock, inventory priorities, and enact positive and lasting change, and she provides tangible steps to do so.

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It Starts with Us
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It Starts with Us

Young Women’s Reflections on Performance Intersecting with Climate

30 April 2020

Beth Osnes shares her experience working on performances with young women at the intersection of feminism and climate change.

two actors onstage
Indigenous Theatre and the Climate Crisis
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Indigenous Theatre and the Climate Crisis

Trickster Mix

29 April 2020

Indigenous playwright David Geary takes us on a journey through his ancestral lineage and land, and highlights the role of the trickster.

an actor onstage
I Am the Damage We Have Done to the Earth
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I Am the Damage We Have Done to the Earth

Intersections of the Climate Crisis and Disability

28 April 2020

Performance artist Hanna Cormick talks about how she uses her body as a metaphor for the damage humans do to the earth, and calls for a more sustainable relationship to our bodies and nature.

two actors on stage
Theatre for a Climate Crisis in a Globalized World
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Theatre for a Climate Crisis in a Globalized World

A Model for Local Action

27 April 2020

Thomas Peterson urges theatremakers to focus on creating work about the climate crisis specifically for their local communities, drawing on lessons from the current response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

pink and blue geometric shapes
(Canceled) Reshape Intensive Zagreb
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(Canceled) Reshape Intensive Zagreb

A meeting of art practitioners actively rethinking and reshaping organisational models for the arts sector in the EuroMed region

Monday 9 March - Wednesday 11 March 2020
Zagreb, Croatia

Event Canceled: RESHAPE presents the Intensive Zagreb meeting livestreaming from Zagreb, Croatia on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Monday 9 March to Wednesday 11 March 2020.

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A performance of The Hands That Feed You by Annie Danger
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A performance of The Hands That Feed You by Annie Danger

at the VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Thursday 13 February 2020
Austin, Texas

The VORTEX presented the debut of Annie Danger’s new work, The Hands That Feed You, livestreamed on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network on Thursday 13 February 2020 at 9 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-8) / 8 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-7) / 6 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles, UTC-5).

three actors onstage
Moving Towards a Migratory Dramaturgy
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Moving Towards a Migratory Dramaturgy

11 February 2020

Devika Ranjan talks about the ways in which migration can influence performance structures, what she has identified as “migratory dramaturgy.”

actor onstage in costume
Performance of GUILT,Y
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Performance of GUILT,Y

by BÉZNĂ Theatre in Bucharest, Romania

Wednesday 22 January 2020
Bucharest, Romania

BÉZNĂ Theatre and Centrul de Teatru Educational Replika presented a performance of GUILT,Y livestreaming on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network on Wednesday 22 January 2020 at 9 a.m. PST (Vancouver, UTC-8) / 12 p.m. EST (New York, UTC-5) / 5 p.m. GMT (London, UTC-0) / 18:00 CET (Budapest, UTC+1) / 19:00 EET (Bucharest, UTC+2)

hosts adrienne maree brown and Autumn Brown with moderator Toshi Reagon
How to Survive the End of the World Podcast
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How to Survive the End of the World Podcast

at ArtsEmerson in Boston, Massachusetts

Monday 2 December 2019
Boston, Massachusetts

ArtsEmerson presented a live recording of the How to Survive the End of the World Podcast livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 2 December at 3 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC-8) / 5 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC-6) / 6 p.m. EST (Boston, UTC-5).