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

TCG Summit: Climate Action and Environmental Justice
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TCG Summit: Climate Action and Environmental Justice

A step toward bringing conversations on climate into theatre’s mainstream

Thursday 22 April 2021
United States
Letters From Warsaw
Essay

Letters From Warsaw

by Marta Keil, Grzegorz Reske
24 March 2021
Catalyzing Climate Justice by Divesting from Fossil Fuels
Essay

Catalyzing Climate Justice by Divesting from Fossil Fuels

by Annalisa Dias, Ronee Penoi
19 February 2021
A Snowball's Chance
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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)
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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
Essay

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?

Archipelagos, Fragile Shores, and Orphan Seas
Essay

Archipelagos, Fragile Shores, and Orphan Seas

A reflection on climate change and performance

23 September 2015

Caridad Svich on writing about the inescapable reality of climate change.

Mourning Becomes Arctic Requiem
Essay

Mourning Becomes Arctic Requiem

The Story of Luke Cole and Kivalina

22 September 2015

Playwright Sharmon Hilfinger discusses how she developed Artic Requiem: The Story of Kivalina with composer Joan McMillen.

A Courtship with Impermanence
Essay

A Courtship with Impermanence

21 September 2015

New Orleans-based artist Nick Slie writes about creating Cry You One, an interdisciplinary, site-responsive project addressing the ongoing effects of climate change on the Gulf Coast.

Nurturing Local Seeds Into Global Vibrancy
Essay

Nurturing Local Seeds Into Global Vibrancy

Climate Change Theatre Action

20 September 2015

Chantal Bilodeau kicks off our second Theatre in the Age of Climate Change series by writing about her work on the international Climate Change Theatre Action initiative.

Latinos and the Rebirth of Post-Katrina New Orleans
Essay

Latinos and the Rebirth of Post-Katrina New Orleans

29 August 2015

José Torres-Tama writes about his experience in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina, ten years ago.

Sarah Cameron Sunde's 36.5 / a durational performance with the sea
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Sarah Cameron Sunde's 36.5 / a durational performance with the sea

Monday 10 August 2015
The Netherlands

36.5 / a durational performance with the sea was livestreamed on HowlRound TV on Monday 10 August from 1:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m. EDT (New York) / 12:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 11:45 p.m. (8/9)-12:45 p.m. MDT (Denver) / 10:45 p.m. (8/9)-11:45 a.m. PDT (Los Angeles). For rain date and more info, please visit 365waterproject.org.