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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.

The Latest

Livestreaming: Climate Change Discourse in Performing Arts and a Performance of Habituare (Habituation) by Ioana Hogman
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Livestreaming: Climate Change Discourse in Performing Arts and a Performance of Habituare (Habituation) by Ioana Hogman
A Focus on the Concept of Solastalgia, Hosted by Reactor in Cluj, Romania
Wednesday 29 June and Thursday 30 June 2022
Cluj, Romania
2022 TCG National Conference: Pittsburgh
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2022 TCG National Conference: Pittsburgh
Redefining Our Art. Transforming Our Practices. Tending to Our People.
Thursday 16 June to Saturday 18 June 2022
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
On Hauling Water: Outdoor Theatre as Re-Enchantment amidst Climate Crisis
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On Hauling Water: Outdoor Theatre as Re-Enchantment amidst Climate Crisis
by Elle Thoni
2 May 2022
Walking The Awkwardly Heroic Yet Often Depressing Path of Near Impossible Catastrophe Evasion Through Kick-Ass Poetics
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Walking The Awkwardly Heroic Yet Often Depressing Path of Near Impossible Catastrophe Evasion Through Kick-Ass Poetics

24 April 2015

Elizabeth Doud addresses the emergency of climate change and the need for a poetics to shift consciousness.

Where Is The Hope?
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Where Is The Hope?

23 April 2015

Jeremy Pickard of Superhero Clubhouse searches for hope and asks impossible questions as he creates nine Planet Plays, which examine the world in the context of climate change.

The Nature of Positive
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The Nature of Positive

22 April 2015

Australian scenic designer Tanja Beer explores designing with the intentions of enriching audiences as well as our environment and communities.

36.5 / a durational performance with the sea
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36.5 / a durational performance with the sea

21 April 2015

Sarah Cameron Sunde explores the issue of water rising on our planet, explores the drastic changes through art, and implores people to consider the water.

Looking for the Ending (Or is it the Beginning?)
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Looking for the Ending (Or is it the Beginning?)

20 April 2015

Alanna Mitchell talks about transforming her book Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis into a one-woman show, and the conversation she found in theatre.

Twitter Chat
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Twitter Chat

How Can Artists Shift the Climate Change Story?—Thurs, April 23—Participate with hashtag #howlround

20 April 2015

This hour-long conversation will take place on Thursday, April 23 on hashtag #howlround at 11am PDT (Vancouver) / 1pm CDT (Austin) / 2pm EDT (Toronto) / 18:00 GMT / 7pm BST (London).

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.

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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.

The Theatre of the Future
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The Theatre of the Future

9 February 2011

In this installment of the series From Scarcity to Abundance: Capturing the Moment for the New Work Sector, Meiyin Wang hypothesizes on the future of theatre and the impact it can have on the world.

Climate Emergency
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Climate Emergency

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Green New Theater
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Green New Theater

Bring your dinner, hold your kid, and we can all break bread together and hold space.

Green New Theatre (GNT) is a movement building tool that provides a set of actionable principles for the arts field to adapt and evolve in the face of the climate crisis. Our approach is multi-layered and emergent. It adapts for organizations and individuals at every level of production.

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School of Resistance
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School of Resistance

A project of IIPM and NTGent, in cooperation with Akademie der Künste

A biweekly livestream with experts of change from around the world: artists, activists, politicians and philosophers.

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.