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?
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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
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In Search of a New Aesthetic
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In Search of a New Aesthetic

19 April 2015

Chantal Bilodeau kicks off the series Theatre in the Age of Climate Change with an account of her trip to the Canadian Arctic and how that changed how she wanted to write plays.

Before Resilience
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Before Resilience

The Ethics of Theatre Production

17 April 2015

Adam R. Burnett looks at resilience in theatre, how artists seem to forget where they’ve been, and the ethical responsibilities in the production of production.

Devising The Environment
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Devising The Environment

Experimenting Inside The Black Box

10 March 2015

In this last post in his series, Stephen Spotswood reports on the piece of theatre his students devised, and muses on its successes and everyone’s willingness to participate.

Devising the Environment
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Devising the Environment

Finding A Narrative In The Noise

8 January 2015

Everyone starts to wonder what they’re creating with Stephen Spotswood on his journey to devise a piece with both environmental studies and theatre majors.

Trespass Theater
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Trespass Theater

Jeff Stark on The Dreary Coast

18 December 2014

The Dreary Coast is a site-specific immersive work that took place in Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal, and used elements of Greek and Roman mythology, Dante’s Inferno, black metal music, and the canal’s actual history to journey its audience through one of the most polluted waterways in the United States.

A devising workshop.
Devising The Environment
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Devising The Environment

Mixing Science and Theater In The Classroom

26 November 2014

The class is split almost right down the middle between theater majors and environmental studies students, with a few crossovers. That first day we have a much more immediate question to answer: Did this mix of drama and science students have the capacity to merge together into the ersatz devising company we needed them to be? Would they be open-minded, generous, and willing to play? If not, the entire semester would be an uphill process.

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The Mirror up to Nature: Reflecting the Environment in Designs, Maps, and Theatre
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The Mirror up to Nature: Reflecting the Environment in Designs, Maps, and Theatre

Sunday 26 October2014
New York, NY, United States

CultureHub in New York City presented the discussion The Mirror up to Nature: Reflecting the Environment in Designs, Maps, and Theatre livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 26 October at 22:00 GMT (London) / 6 p.m. EDT (New York) / 5 p.m. CDT (Austin) / 3 p.m. PDT (Vancouver) / 9 a.m. AEDT on Monday, October 27 (Sydney). In Twitter, use #howlround.

Climate Science’s Challenge to Artists
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Climate Science’s Challenge to Artists

29 January 2014

Karen Malpede shares insight into the importance and compelling nature of climate dramas. 

Riding a Bike on Stage
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Riding a Bike on Stage

Green Theater and Katie Mitchell’s Production of Lungs

22 January 2014

Summer Banks offers an overview of eco-theatre and talks about her experience watching Katie Mitchell's production of Atmen.

A tree floating in the air.
The Aesthetic Evolution of Eco Theater
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The Aesthetic Evolution of Eco Theater

23 November 2013

Eco theater is not meant as a protest or an art installation at a climate change conference. It is a complete and independent artistic practice that happens to focus on ecological issues.

Standing with Saguaros 
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Standing with Saguaros 

Dancer Kimi Eisle speaks on climate change in the Southwest after her experience of dancing a duet with a cactus.

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

How does our work reflect on, and respond to, the challenges brought on by a warming climate? How can we participate in the global conversation about what the future should look like, and do so in a way that is both inspiring and artistically rewarding?

Devising the Environment by Stephen Spotswood
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Devising the Environment by Stephen Spotswood

A record of the experience of teaching a devising class that would center on the environment.