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Climate Emergency

Climate change poses an existential threat to humanity and theatremakers need to be part of addressing it. Here, you’ll find content about artistic work that engages with the climate crisis, as well as learnings about how to make theatre practices more eco-friendly. Chantal Bilodeau’s long-running Theatre in the Age of Climate Change series is a must-read, and don’t miss Groundwater Arts’s video series on the Green New Theater.

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ARTISTS / IDEAS / NOW—Our Camp on Fire
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ARTISTS / IDEAS / NOW—Our Camp on Fire
Looking at the perspective of the climate crisis through the eyes of refugees and people under threat of displacement
Wednesday 13 October 2021
Liverpool, United Kingdom
It's Not Easy Being Green
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It's Not Easy Being Green
by John J King
14 September 2021
Performance and Environmental Justice
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Performance and Environmental Justice
Part of Ecoperformance Week at The Ringling
Wednesday 8 September 2021
Sarasota, Florida, United States
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ARTISTS / IDEAS / NOW—Our Camp on Fire
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ARTISTS / IDEAS / NOW—Our Camp on Fire

Looking at the perspective of the climate crisis through the eyes of refugees and people under threat of displacement

Wednesday 13 October 2021
Liverpool, United Kingdom

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival presented ARTISTS / IDEAS / NOW—Our Camp on Fire livestreaming on the commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Wednesday 13 October 2021 at 10 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 12 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 1 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 6 p.m. BST (London, UTC +1) / 19:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2).

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Artists/Ideas/Now—Imagine Democracy
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Artists/Ideas/Now—Imagine Democracy

A Conversation About the Climate Crisis and its Impact in the Middle East and North Africa

Wednesday 15 September 2021
Liverpool, United Kingdom

From citizen assemblies to challenging those in power, does democracy in 2021 have what it takes to survive the climate crisis? Livestreamed on the commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Wednesday 15 September 2021 at 10 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 12 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 1 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 6 p.m. BST (London, UTC +1) / 19:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2).

A floating jellyfish-like figure made out of a large sheet and plastic bags. The lighting is pink with the word mixtape on the sheet.
It's Not Easy Being Green
Essay

It's Not Easy Being Green

14 September 2021

Playwright John J King shares his experience with and advice for centering sustainability in theatre productions.

A black woman playing a horn in an outdoor climate protest.
Performance and Environmental Justice
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Performance and Environmental Justice

Part of Ecoperformance Week at The Ringling

Wednesday 8 September 2021
Sarasota, Florida, United States

This panel presented perspectives that elucidate and redefine environmental justice and how culture, performance, and storytelling impact awareness and social transformation around these issues. Livestreaming on the commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network Wednesday 8 September 2021 at 4:30 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles, UTC -7) / 6:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 7:30 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -7).

Three people sitting onstage, one of them holding a globe, and five spirits above them, one in the middle connecting two blocks with a spark in between them.
Public Access Archives: The End of the Theatre Industry
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Public Access Archives: The End of the Theatre Industry

7 September 2021

Taylor Leigh Lamb and Sabine Decatur share emails, letters, social media posts, and more from the future that represent the period of profound change in the theatre industry beginning in 2021.

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Get Fossil Fuels Off the Stage!
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Get Fossil Fuels Off the Stage!

With a Performance of The Water Song by Oogie Push and a Contract Rider Panel on Divestment.

Saturday 14 August 2021
United States

Groundwater Arts presented Get Fossil Fuels Off the Stage! which includes a performance of The Water Song by Oogie Push followed by a contract rider panel on divestment featuring Nikkole Salter, Brandon Michael Nase, and Michael Fran. Livestreamed on the commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Saturday 14 August 2021 at 1 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles, UTC -7) / 3 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 4 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 21:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 22:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2).

Illustration by Silent Fox, inspired by the essay.
When Theatre Will Become Fully Itself: Digital Supratheatre and the Fight for an Inclusive Future
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When Theatre Will Become Fully Itself: Digital Supratheatre and the Fight for an Inclusive Future

Translated by Cecilia Laslo

25 May 2021

Mihaela Drăgan introduces digital supratheatre—a theatre of the future with two underlying principles: technological change and social change.

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Our Theater Ecology
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Our Theater Ecology

TCG's 2021 National Conference Online

Thursday 13 May to Friday 21 May 2021
United States

Theatre Communications Group presented their 2021 National Conference: Our Theatre Ecology livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from Thursday 13 May to Friday 21 May 2021.

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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

Theater Communications Group presented their inaugural Climate Action and Environmental Justice Summit livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 22 April 2021 at 10 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 12 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 1 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

Image of four tableaus with people experiencing time passing.
Letters From Warsaw
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Letters From Warsaw

24 March 2021

Marta Keil and Grzegorz Reske share letters from the past and the future, from June 2020 to June 2029, detailing the changes to the theatrical landscape in their hometown of Warsaw, Poland.

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Catalyzing Climate Justice by Divesting from Fossil Fuels
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Catalyzing Climate Justice by Divesting from Fossil Fuels

19 February 2021

Annalisa Dias and Ronee Penoi, on behalf of Groundwater Arts, argue that there cannot be a just arts sector within an unjust world, and that contrary to what people think, arts workers do have the means and the agency to make change. What is needed is a new narrative.

Green New Theater with Producer Hub
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Green New Theater with Producer Hub

Producing Ethically In 2020

Friday 5 February 2021
United States

Groundwater Arts presented Green New Theater with Producer Hub (ASL-interpreted) livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 5 February 2021 at 3:30 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) 4:30 p.m. MST (Colorado, UTC -7) / 5:30 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 6:30 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5).

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Perform Europe  
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Perform Europe  

Introducing a project which will support experiments to find more sustainable ways for international physical and digital touring in Europe.

Thursday 28 January 2021
European Union

Launching of the Perform Europe project on livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 28 January 2021 at 14:00 CET (Brussels, UTC +1) / 15:00 EET (Bucharest, UTC +2) / 13:00 GMT (London, UTC +0) / 8 a.m. EST (New York, UTC -5).

Green New Theater Part 6: Immediate Divestment from Fossil Fuels
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Green New Theater Part 6: Immediate Divestment from Fossil Fuels

Y'all, we gotta stop it

Wednesday 13 January 2021
United States

Groundwater Arts presented Green New Theater Part 7: Immediate Divestment from Fossil Fuels (ASL-interpreted) livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 13 January 2021 at 4 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) 5 p.m. MST (Colorado, UTC -7) / 6 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 7 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5).

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Calling for Radical Change: A Fieldwide Conversation: The Climate Crisis, Performing Arts Touring, and our Future
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Calling for Radical Change: A Fieldwide Conversation: The Climate Crisis, Performing Arts Touring, and our Future

Monday 11 January 2021
New York City

How can we as a field address the impending climate crisis while we still have time to do so? What have we learned during this time and how can we build on it? In this session, join arts leaders, climate crisis experts, artists and innovators who are already responding to the crisis and calling for collective action to learn how the performing arts presenting, booking and touring field can tap our power for change and worldwide impact.

Grass growing out of an old laptop computer.
Streaming in the Just Transition
Essay

Streaming in the Just Transition

A Producer’s Guide to Measuring, Budgeting, and Lowering the Carbon Emissions of Livestreams and Video Conferences

7 January 2021

Vijay Mathew asks, and then offers ideas to approach, the question: "How will the performing arts field contribute to climate justice during the sixth mass extinction?"

a person standing behind a table with multiple handheld two-way radios
Fire Season
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Fire Season

Making Site-Specific Theatre About Climate Change that Could Be Threatened by Climate Change

17 December 2020

Playwright and environmentalist Alice Stanley Jr. shares her experience of Capital W’s newest immersive theatre piece, Fire Season—a play about climate change that took place in the Santa Monica Mountains during this year’s wildfires.

Green New Theater Part 5
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Green New Theater Part 5

Right Relationship to Land and History

Wednesday 2 December 2020
United States

Groundwater Arts presented Green New Theater Part 5: Right Relationship to Land and History (ASL-interpreted) livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 2 December 2020 at 4 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) 5 p.m. MST (Colorado, UTC -7) / 6 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 7 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5).

Designing the New Decade, Green Theatre event poster.
Designing the New Decade: Green Theatre
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Designing the New Decade: Green Theatre

Hosted by European Theatre Convention's International Theatre Conference

Wednesday 25 November 2020
European Union

What can theatres do to reduce their carbon footprints? Why and how do we need to act and change our ways of producing, working and travelling? The conference focused on sustainability and "Green Theatre" practices to help the sector effectively implement the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

triptych of three clowns
A Very Very Very Serious Clown from Lebanon
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A Very Very Very Serious Clown from Lebanon

10 November 2020

Amrita Dhaliwal and Nathaniel Justiniano speak with Lebanese humanitarian clown Sabine Choucair, covering the differences between clowning and bouffon, joining the revolution, environmental work, and more.

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RE:seeding, in correspondence Performance to Camera by Jade Montserrat
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RE:seeding, in correspondence Performance to Camera by Jade Montserrat

A new performance to camera suggesting that there is a connection between ourselves and the earth

Friday 23 October 2020
London, United Kingdom

performingbordersLIVE20 and Live Art Development Agency presented a performance of RE:seeding, in correspondence Performance to Camera by Jade Montserrat livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 23 October 2020 at 2 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 7 p.m. BST (London, UTC+1) / 20:00 CEST (UTC+2).

School of Resistance episode 7 poster.
School of Resistance, Episode Seven: Environmental Repercussions
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School of Resistance, Episode Seven: Environmental Repercussions

Living in a compromised world: a dialogue with Gail Bradbrook (UK), Alexis Shotwell (Canada), Alice Swift (UK)

Sunday 4 October
Ghent, Belgium

NTGent presented School of Resistance, Episode Seven: Environmental Repercussions livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 4 October 2020 at 18:00 CEST (Ghent, UTC +2) / 17:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 12:00 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 9:00 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7).

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Green New Theater Part 4: Publicly Transparent Budgeting (Live-captioned and ASL-interpreted)
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Green New Theater Part 4: Publicly Transparent Budgeting (Live-captioned and ASL-interpreted)

Y’all.... Where That Money At?

Thursday 1 October 2020
United States

Groundwater Arts presented Green New Theater Part 4: Publicly Transparent Budgeting (ASL-interpreted) livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 1 October 2020 at 4 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) 5 p.m. MDT (Colorado, UTC -6) / 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 7 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

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School of Resistance, Episode 5: Beyond Europe
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School of Resistance, Episode 5: Beyond Europe

Building Transnational Futures with Ulrike Guérot and Srećko Horvat

Friday 25 September 2020
Ghent, Belgium

NTGent presented School of Resistance, Episode Five: Beyond Europe: Building Transnational Futures livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 25 September 2020 at 18:00 CEST (Ghent, UTC +2) / 17:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 12:00 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 9:00 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7).

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School of Resistance - Episode Four: Why Theatre?
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School of Resistance - Episode Four: Why Theatre?

Theatre in Emergency. A dialogue with Nora Chipaumire (USA) and Chantal Mouffe (UK)

Thursday 3 September 2020
Ghent, Belgium

NTGent presented School of Resistance - Episode Four: Why Theatre? livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 3 September 2020 at 18:30 CEST (Ghent, UTC +2) / 17:30 BST (London, UTC +1) / 12:30 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 9:30 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7)