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 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
What’s Your Vision for a Post-Carbon Arts Sector?
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What’s Your Vision for a Post-Carbon Arts Sector?

by Vijay Mathew
17 April 2019
The premiere of Last: An Extinction Comedy
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The premiere of Last: An Extinction Comedy

at the VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Friday 12 April 2019
Austin, Texas
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
Theatre and Resistance
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Theatre and Resistance

Ten Things You Can Do

25 January 2018

Jonathan Mandell reports on the Martin Segal Theatre Center's 2018 Theatre and Resistance Symposium, and lists ten things theatre community can do right now to make a change.

Addressing Environmental Topics in Theatre by Using Greenturgy
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Addressing Environmental Topics in Theatre by Using Greenturgy

2 January 2018

Holly Derr interrogates green(drama)turgy at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and how stories can be used to reconnect people to their physical world.

Climate Change Theatre Action Still Waving
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Climate Change Theatre Action Still Waving

Monday 23 October / Sunday 22 October
Palmerston North, New Zealand

Massey University presented the Climate Change Theatre Action event Still Waving—a series of readings and performances—livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced howlround.tv network on Monday 23 October at 2 p.m. NZDT (Wellington, UTC +13) / Monday, October 23 at 12 p.m. AEDT (Sydney, UTC +11) / Monday, October 23 at 9 a.m. SGT (Singapore UTC +8) / Monday, October 23 at 2 a.m. BST (London, UTC+1) / Monday, October 23 at 01:00 UTC / Sunday, October 22 at 9:00 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / Sunday, October 22 at 6 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles, UTC -7).

Announcing the HowlRound Challenge Convenings
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Announcing the HowlRound Challenge Convenings

4 October 2017

HowlRound announces the four selected convening proposals for the HowlRound Challenge, a new initiative to incubate ideas and seed action to make a better theatre and a better world.

The Breathing Hole and Inuit Cultural Dramaturgy
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The Breathing Hole and Inuit Cultural Dramaturgy

22 September 2017

Canadian playwright Colleen Murphy writes about the importance of including Indigenous characters in plays and Indigenous artists in the process of making them.

Life Imitates Art Imitates Life
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Life Imitates Art Imitates Life

21 September 2017

While researching and developing his musical The Rising Sea, playwright Eric Schorr reflects on the parallels between the historical narrative of slavery and the modern narrative of climate change.

Kill Climate Deniers
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Kill Climate Deniers

What Happens When You Threaten Murder in the Title of Your Play?

20 September 2017

In the third installment of this series, Australian playwright David Finnigan discusses how he navigated the attacks of climate deniers on his provocatively titled play. 

IN KINSHIP
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IN KINSHIP

A River and Recovery in Many Acts

19 September 2017

Maine artist Jennie Hahn explores environmental stewardship in Maine’s Penobscot River Watershed with the performance project IN KINSHIP and shares her three guiding principles for making art in a time of climate change.

The Living Stage
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The Living Stage

Building Possibility in the Age of Climate Change

18 September 2017

In the second installment of this series, Lanxing Fu discusses The Living Stage NYC, an intergenerational collaboration between Superhero Clubhouse and the community of Meltzer Towers.

F*ck the System (And the Horse It Rode In On)
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F*ck the System (And the Horse It Rode In On)

17 September 2017

Chantal Bilodeau kicks off this week's series on Theatre in the Age of Climate Change, and argues that we as a theatre community need to recognize when our practices and systems are detrimental to the earth and other people, and strive to change them.

When Disaster Strikes
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When Disaster Strikes

The Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on Houston’s Small Theatres

31 August 2017

Trevor Boffone writes about the effects Hurricane Harvey has had on the theatre community in Houston, Texas.

AsiaTOPA
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AsiaTOPA

Redefining Performing Arts Festivals

30 August 2017

Ambassador Cynthia P. Schneider, who attended the AsiaTOPA Performance Festival in Australia, reflects how as the United States devalues diversity and imposes restrictions on immigration, Australia recognizes the value of its relationship with its Asian neighbors, and of its own diverse population.

The Native Language of Inclusion
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The Native Language of Inclusion

An Interview with Ty Defoe

21 May 2017

Ryan Leeds interviews Ty Defoe about winning the Jonathan Larson Grant, his show Crane: On Earth, In Sky, and how his identity influences his work.

Fueled by Fury
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Fueled by Fury

Finding the Language to Fix Us

22 April 2017

Playwright Tira Palmquist and dramaturg Heather Helinsky discuss Two Degrees, a play about climate change and communication.

Climate Lens
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Climate Lens

Birth of a Post-Nation!

21 April 2017

Una Chaudhuri announces a new project called CLIMATE LENS.

Participatory Performance, Activism, and the Limits of Change
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Participatory Performance, Activism, and the Limits of Change

20 April 2017

Professor of Theatre Kenn Watt discusses environmental participatory performance.

Theatremakers vs The Climate Fools in the White House
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Theatremakers vs The Climate Fools in the White House

19 April 2017

Chantal Bilodeau writes about an initiative called Climate Change Theatre Action.

Fish Soup, Mourning, and Hope at the End of the World
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Fish Soup, Mourning, and Hope at the End of the World

18 April 2017

Dramaturg Walter Bilderback writes about the production of and audience engagement around Andrew Bovell's When the Rain Stops Falling at the Wilma Theater.

Requiem for a River
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Requiem for a River

Operatic Reflections on the Euphrates

17 April 2017

In this second installment, opera director Miranda Lakerveld discusses opera Requiem for a River, which is about the Euphrates River and fuses sacred texts and traditional music from various countries in the Middle East.

We Are the Climate
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We Are the Climate

16 April 2017

In this first installment, Playwright Katie Pearl explores the implications of climate change, storytelling, and intersectionality in the theatre community in relation to Donald Trump’s administration.

Looking Backwards to Move Forward with Paleo Theatre
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Looking Backwards to Move Forward with Paleo Theatre

17 February 2017

Em Piro images what a Paleo theatre practice would involve.

Standing with Saguaros
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Standing with Saguaros

Radio Podcasting as Performance Research and Species Stewardship

28 January 2017

In this second installment of her series on the Standing with Saguaros project, Kimi Eisele writes about integrating radio into her performance project.

Out The Wastelands
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Out The Wastelands

A Journey Through the Great Lakes of Purgatory

4 December 2016

The first of a two-part report on the tour of The Wastelands, a folk opera developed by the ensemble Children of the Wild, across the Great Lakes region of the United States.

The Teachings of Treefall
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The Teachings of Treefall

24 September 2016

Scenic Designer Stephanie Kerley Schwartz shares her process for designing Henry Murray’s Treefall, which inspired her to work on HeatWave, a project connecting environmentalists and theatre artists.

Recipe for Change
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Recipe for Change

23 September 2016

Director Julia Levine discusses how she approaches her process, and examines the relationship between food and theatre.