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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Can You Feel the Water Rise?
Essay

Can You Feel the Water Rise?

by Adi Eshman
17 November 2019
How Object Puppetry Confronts Climate Change
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How Object Puppetry Confronts Climate Change

by Caroline Reck
3 October 2019
Apollo Meets the Climate Youth Movement on Indigenous Ground
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Apollo Meets the Climate Youth Movement on Indigenous Ground

by Theresa May
2 October 2019
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
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. 

Theatre in the Age of Climate Change
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Theatre in the Age of Climate Change

An Educator’s View

22 September 2016

As part of the Theatre in the Age of Climate Change, playwright and educator Elspeth Tilley discusses the benefits of bringing collaborative creative activism into the classroom.

How Theatre Renewed My Perspective on Climate Change
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How Theatre Renewed My Perspective on Climate Change

21 September 2016

Undergraduate actor Sterling Oliver writes about how performing Forward led him to rediscover a passion for working to prevent climate change.

A Hope I Can Live With
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A Hope I Can Live With

20 September 2016

Director Emily Mendelsohn shares her experience at the 2016 Theatre Without Borders Conference, and muses on an “ecological way of seeing” for her work.

Native Communities and Climate Change, Center Stage
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Native Communities and Climate Change, Center Stage

19 September 2016

Playwright Jaisey Bates urges us to include Native communities and artists in the work to combat climate change and in the work we put on stage.

The Journey to an Eco-Play
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The Journey to an Eco-Play

18 September 2016

Playwright Paula Cizmar discusses the process of making her eco-play The Chisera (AKA Lost Borders)

Standing with Saguaros
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Standing with Saguaros

Intimate Theatre and Intimate Environmentalism

10 June 2016

Kimi Eisele writes about a new engagement piece presented by Borderlands Theater in partnership with Saguaro National Park.

A Snowball's Chance
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A Snowball's Chance

23 April 2016

Sara Katzoff writes about Kickwheel Ensemble Theater’s creation of Passage, a physical theatre comedy. 

Why I’m Breaking Up with Aristotle
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Why I’m Breaking Up with Aristotle

22 April 2016

Chantal Bilodeau on writing ourselves out of the pyramid and why she is breaking up with Aristotle.

Chasing Kitimat
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Chasing Kitimat

Going Backwards to Move Forward

21 April 2016

Playwright Elaine Ávila shares her process and inspiration for writing her play Kitimat, which is based on a true story about the Kitimat community. 

Radical Empathy, Embodied Pedagogy, and Climate Change Theatre
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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.

Dweepa (The Island)
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Dweepa (The Island)

A play with beginnings in the questions of Climate Change

19 April 2016

Playwright Abhishek Majumdar describes the creation of his play Dweepa, inspired by eco-philosophy.

Who Comes for Fish? in Here Oceans Roar
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Who Comes for Fish? in Here Oceans Roar

An Amanuensis for the Ocean

18 April 2016

Nelson Gray discusses the inspiration for his opera Here Oceans Roar and advocates more art centered on climate change.

The Fifth Wall
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The Fifth Wall

Climate Change Dramaturgy

17 April 2016

Eco-theatre scholar and pioneer Una Chaudhuri considers how theatre is inventing new strategies for performance offered or necessitated by climate change.

Performance of Stegosaurus (Or) Three Cheers for Climate Change by Andrew Saito
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Performance of Stegosaurus (Or) Three Cheers for Climate Change by Andrew Saito

Saturday 2 April 2016
San Francisco, CA, United States

FaultLine Theater in San Francisco presented the world premiere of Stegosaurus (Or) Three Cheers for Climate Change, an absurd dark comedy by Andrew Saito, livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 2 April at 4:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 6:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 7:30 p.m. EDT (New York) / 23:30 GMT. Follow @howlroundtv in Twitter for updates. 

Kill New Play Deniers
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Kill New Play Deniers

2 March 2016

Ira Gamerman reports on Australian playwright David Finnigan's new play Kill Climate Deniers that has been funded through an arts grant from the Australian government and called out as a waste of government arts spending although it hasn’t premeried yet.

Thirst
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Thirst

A Climate Change Theatre Action at Jackalope Theatre

Wednesday 16 December 2015
Chicago, IL, United States

Jackalope Theatre Company in Chicago, IL, USA—in association with Underscore Productions—is proud to have presented Thirst: A Climate Change Theatre Action—livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Wednesday 16 December at 5:30 p.m. PST (Los Angeles) / 7:30 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 8:30 p.m. EST (New York). In Twitter, use #ClimateChangeTheatreAction @jackalopetc. Follow @howlroundtv.