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.

The Latest

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 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.

COP OUT—Art Speaks Out On Climate Change at Arts House
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COP OUT—Art Speaks Out On Climate Change at Arts House

Friday 11 December 2015
Melbourne, Australia

Arts House in Melbourne, Australia hosted COP OUT—Art Speaks Out On Climate Change—livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Friday 11 December at 7:30 p.m. AEST (Melbourne) / 9:30 a.m. CET (Paris) / 8:30 a.m. GMT (London) / 3:30 a.m. EST (New York) / 12:30 a.m. PST (Los Angeles). In Twitter, engage with #copout21 and @artshousemelb.

Climate Change Madness from Ohio University's MFA Playwriting Program
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Climate Change Madness from Ohio University's MFA Playwriting Program

4 December 2015
Athens, Ohio

Ohio University's MFA Playwriting Program and Climate Change Theatre Action presented Climate Change Madness livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Friday 4 December at 6 p.m. PST (Vancouver) / 8 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 9 p.m. EST (New York). In Twitter, use #ClimateChangeTheatreAction & follow @HowlRoundTV.

Complex Movements’ Beware of the Dandelions
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Complex Movements’ Beware of the Dandelions

19 November 2015

Jeff Chang on Detroit-based Complex Movements’ Beware of the Dandelions, a narrative, concert, visual installation, architectural piece, and convening space to distribute revolutionary ideas and activate creative ecosystems and economies of change. 

Climate Change Theatre Action Event at Artichoke Dance
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Climate Change Theatre Action Event at Artichoke Dance

Saturday 7 November 2015
New York, NY, United States

Artichoke Dance in New York City presented a Climate Change Theatre Action event with eight new theatrical works as part of ArtCOP21—worldwide performances bringing awareness to and fostering dialogue around climate change—livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 7 November at 8 p.m. EST (New York) / 7 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 5 p.m. PST (Los Angeles). In Twitter use #artcop21#ArtichokeDance, and follow @ArtichokeDance and @HowlRoundTV.

Garden of Inspiration
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Garden of Inspiration

Going Green with Radical Evolution and The Movement Theatre Company

9 October 2015

Katie Naka discusses the Go Green pop-up experience in Harlem and advocates experimenting with urban green spaces as venues.

I Can't Go On, I'll Go On
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I Can't Go On, I'll Go On

26 September 2015

Kendra Fanconi addresses climate change in her work not as an abstract concept, but as a real and immediate concern that is deeply rooted in a sense of place: the forests of British Columbia.

An Opera for Climate Change
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An Opera for Climate Change

25 September 2015

Librettist Ian Burton discusses his process and inspiration for creating the text for Giorgio Battistelli’s opera CO2.

Theatre Artists Unite Around Climate Change Action
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Theatre Artists Unite Around Climate Change Action

Moving to Movement

25 September 2015

Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Alison Carey writes about the upcoming Green Room, an online space for theatre artists to come together around climate change action.

The Sustainable Theatre Practice Treaty
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The Sustainable Theatre Practice Treaty

24 September 2015

Ian Garrett, Director of the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, asks will we be party to the Sustainable Theatre Practice Treaty?