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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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
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
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
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
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
Video

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.

School of resistance event details.
School of Resistance - Episode Two: Make the World Habitable Again
Video

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).

school of resistance conversation series graphic.
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.

a group of young people outside
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.

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).

a table with various objects
Meanwhile: Becoming Porous
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Meanwhile: Becoming Porous

Mientras Tanto: Hacia La Porosidad

21 November 2019

Robert Duffley, Una Chaudhuri, Georgina Escobar, Eli Nixon, Adilson Siqueira, and Brontë Velez reflect on the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics convening that took place in Mexico City in June 2019.

an actor onstage
Can You Feel the Water Rise?
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Can You Feel the Water Rise?

17 November 2019

Adi Eshman discusses Exquisite Corpse Company’s immersive play Water, Water, Everywhere..., which took place on New York Harbor’s Governors Island.

hands of two people delicately placing their fingers on a balance with a feeling of solidarity
ArtsLink Assembly 2019: Global Warning—Artists and the Anthropocene
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ArtsLink Assembly 2019: Global Warning—Artists and the Anthropocene

The first full ArtsLink Assembly in New York City organized and produced by CEC ArtsLink.

Wednesday 13 November 2019
New York, New York, USA

CEC ArtsLink launched their first full ArtsLink Assembly in New York City entitled Global Warning—Artists and the Anthropocene livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Wednesday 13 November 2019 at 11 a.m. EST (New York) / 16:00 UTC +0 (London) / 17:00 UTC +1 (Berlin) / 18:00 UTC +2 (Bucharest) / 19:00 UTC +3 (Moscow). Use #ArtsLinkAssembly in social media.

an actress with a styrofoam cup
How Object Puppetry Confronts Climate Change
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How Object Puppetry Confronts Climate Change

3 October 2019

Caroline Reck, artistic director of Glass Half Full Theatre in Austin, Texas, talks about how her company uses clown and object theatre to engage people in the battle against climate change.

a group of actors onstage
Apollo Meets the Climate Youth Movement on Indigenous Ground
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Apollo Meets the Climate Youth Movement on Indigenous Ground

2 October 2019

Playwright and professor Theresa May talks about creating a show about the planet, Sky Woman, and the Youth Climate Movement, and how collaborating with students enhanced the development process.

a large group posing for a photo
Holding This Climate in My Body
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Holding This Climate in My Body

1 October 2019

Evalyn Parry, artistic director of Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times, talks about attending a historic summit that kicked of a two-year initiative called Climate Change: Reimagining the Footprint of Canadian Theatre.

two actors onstage
The Factory of the Future
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The Factory of the Future

A Collaborative Project for Imagining Otherwise

30 September 2019

Zoë Svendsen discusses working with fellow theatremakers to build and present imagined realities of London and Oslo in post-capitalist and post-fossil-fuel cultures.

a group of actors onstage
Adapting to a New Normal in Jeune Terre
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Adapting to a New Normal in Jeune Terre

29 September 2019

Playwright Gab Reisman discusses writing a play about climate change and moving toward a model of collective accountability and civic action.

actors onstage
Anticolonial Creative Collaboration and the Development of Mirror Butterfly
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Anticolonial Creative Collaboration and the Development of Mirror Butterfly

15 August 2019

Ben Barson and Gizelxanath Rodriguez, part of the Afro Yaqui Music Collective, talk about artivism—what it means, what it can look like—in relation to building a jazz opera with various communities around the world.

politicians giving a press conference
The Necessity of a New Green Federal Theatre Project
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The Necessity of a New Green Federal Theatre Project

30 July 2019

Karen Malpede argues that significant theatrical engagement with the climate crisis cannot occur in the United States without governmental intervention, and looks at the Federal Theatre Project as a model.

theater artists in discussion at the gathering
The Gathering from the CrossCurrents Festival
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The Gathering from the CrossCurrents Festival

The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University

Wednesday 8 May to Saturday 11 May 2019
Washington, DC

As part of the inaugural CrossCurrents festival, The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. presents The Gathering livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from Wednesday 8 May to Saturday 11 May 2019.

Harry Newman headshot
Harry Newman’s Dry Time
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Harry Newman’s Dry Time

at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center

Monday 29 April 2019
New York City

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City presented a reading of Harry Newman's Dry Time livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Monday 29 April 2019 at 1:00 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 3:00 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 4:00 p.m. EDT (New York).