The CLIMATE CHANGE THEATRE ACTION is a series of worldwide readings and performances intended to bring awareness to, and foster discussion around, climate change in November and December 2015.
This action is in support of the United Nations 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) taking place November 30-December 11, 2015. This momentous event, combined with the U.S. assuming the chair of the Arctic Council in April 2015, means that climate change will be an important conversation in the months to come.
A Kick Off event will be held on November 2, 2015 from 6:30-8 PM at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City.
A collection of 1-5 minute plays, songs and poems by writers from all six livable continents, curated by Caridad Svich, Chantal Bilodeau and Elaine Avila, have been made available to collaborators worldwide. To date, more than 70 collaborators have agreed to host events, ranging from informal readings in classrooms to day-long festivals, from radio programs and film adaptations to site-specific performances at the foot of glaciers. All CLIMATE CHANGE THEATRE ACTION EVENTS will be registered with ArtCOP21 (Cultural Programme for Paris Climate 2015 (http://www.artcop21.com/) When technically possible, events will be live-streamed on HowlRound TV (http://howlround.com/tv), making them accessible to all CCTA participants and global audiences.The goal of this action is to engage as many people as possible in this global conversation.
GUIDELINES REGARDING THE PLAYS:
All plays are available, with authors’ permissions, only during the dates of the Climate Change Theatre Action (Nov 1-Dec 14, 2015). Please contact CCTA curators at email@example.com for any questions regarding script in hand readings or digital actions regarding the plays.
For an example of another international Theatre Action like this one, please see NoPassport’s Gun Control Theatre Action.
For further information about the organizers, visit NoPassport, The Arctic Cycle, The Climate Change Theatre Action and Theatre Without Borders’s websites.
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Broadway World article here: http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Climate-Change-Theatre-Action-to-Hold-Kick-Off-Event-at-Nuyorican-Poets-Cafe-112-20150929
Howlround article from Climate Change Theatre Action Series here: http://howlround.com/archipelagos-fragile-shores-and-orphan-seas-a-reflection-on-climate-change-and-performance
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Youtube Channel: @fragileshore
Previous NoPassport reading schemes and theatre actions since 2012: THE WAY OF WATER marked the 2nd anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill disaster; SPARK, honoring US war vets and esp. female war veterans, GUN CONTROL THEATRE ACTION and the publication of 24 Gun Control Plays, 30/30 National Latin@ Reading Festival, and UPON THE FRAGILE SHOREe global theatre and digital film reading scheme for human and environmental rights, which also launched our YouTube channel fragileshore.
PARTICIPATING CLIMATE CHANGE THEATRE ACTION PLAYWRIGHTS include
Deborah Asiimwe (Uganda), Reneltta Arluk (Canada/Inuvialuit-Dene), Elaine Avila (Canada/US), Catherine Banks (Canada), Chantal Bilodeau (US/Canada), Lenora Champagne (US), Jody Christopherson (US), Darrah Cloud (US), Mindi Dickstein (US), Erik Ehn (US), Angie Emurwon (Uganda), Kendra Fanconi (Canada), Laura Ferraris (Argentina), Daniel Gallant (US), David Geary (Canada/New Zealand/Māori), Dipika Guha (US/India), Jordan Hall (Canada), Amina Henry (US/Jamaica), Naomi Iizuka (US), Amahl Khouri (Jordan), Arthur Kopit (US), Koffi Kwahulé (France/Côte d’Ivoire), Neil LaBute (US), Deb Laufer (US), Bryony Lavery (England), Jacqueline E. Lawton (US), Andrea Lepcio (US), E.M. Lewis (US), Kevin Loring (Canada/Nlaka’pamux), Abhishek Majumdar (India), Karen Malpede (US), Ruth Margraff (US), Olivier Mayer (US), Winter Miller (US), Chiori Miyagawa (US), Colleen Murphy (Canada), Verónica Musalem (Mexico), Giovanni Ortega (US/Philippines), Sitawa Namwalie (Kenya), Silvia Peláez (Mexico), Jeremy Pickard (US), Elyne Quan (Canada), Lynn Rosen (US), Lisa Schlesinger (US), August Schulenburg (US), Stephen Sewell (Australia), Saviana Stanescu (US/Romania), Caridad Svich (US), Elspeth Tilley (New Zealand), Heather Woodbury (US)
PARTICIPATING VENUES (to date)
Climate Change Theatre Action Collaborating Venues, Presenters and More:
Community Center: Centered Holistic Community Center (Lexington, KY)
Eco-Centers: ONCA Center for Arts and Ecology (Brighton, UK), SMART Eco-Park (Panvel, Maharashtra, India)
Individuals: Vicky Album (London, UK), Michael Johnson-Chase & Simón Hanukai (Paris, France), Jenny Christian (Lexington, KY), Susan Day (Vancouver, Canada), Elizabeth Doud (Miami, FL), Sue Kessler (Chicago, IL), Bella Macdiarmid (Brisbane, Australia), Evelyn O’Malley (Exeter, UK), Jack Paterson (UK), Bronwyn Preece (Portland, OR), Bertille Presta (Paris, France), Suzanne Richard (Washington, DC), Matthew Schneider Mayerson (Singapore), Matthew Sekellick (Buffalo, NY), Tewodros Tessema (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), Travis Weekes (Saint Lucia, Caribbean), Clare Whisler (UK), Linda Williams (Hawaii), Douglas Williamson (Costa Rica), Kathleen Worley (Portland, OR)
Radio: KUNM’s Radio Theatre (Albuquerque, NM)
Schools: C.W. Baker High School (Baldwinsville, NY), California Language School (Valencia, Spain). Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity (Singapore), Kwantlen Park Secondary School (Surrey, Canada)
Theatres & Cultural Institutions: 516 Arts/Tricklock Theatre (Albuquerque, NM), Artichoke Dance Company (Brooklyn, NY), Artists Repertory Theatre & Boom Arts (Portland, OR), Arts House (Melbourne, Australia), Box Collective (Brooklyn, NY), BuSSy Project (Cairo, Egypt), Casa de Marioneta (Sintra, Portugal), Creative South Africa (multiple locations in South Africa), Drama Dogs (Santa Barbara, CA), Factory Theatre (Toronto, Canada), House Theatre (Brighton, UK), Hudson River Playback Theatre (New Paltz, NY), In altre parole (Rome, Italy), John Frey Studio (Lisbon, Portugal), Kickwheel (Pittsfield, MA), La Fuente (Santiago, Chile), Laboratório de ecopoeticas (Sao Joao del Rei, Brazil), Maria Zimbro Centre (Belmonte, Portugal), Mirateca Arts (Pico, Azores, Portugal), Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company (San Diego, CA), Moxie Productions (Burlington and Waterbury, VT), Multistages (New York, NY), New Georges (New York, NY), NIDA (Brisbane, Australia), Nuyorican Poets Café (New York, NY), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, OR, Pat the Dog Playwrights Centre (four locations in Ontario, Canada), Perseverance Theatre (Juneau, AK), Playwrights Theatre Centre & The Only Animal (Vancouver, Canada), Rogue Machine Theatre (Los Angeles, CA), Skaraventer Project (Armenia), SNAFU Dance Theatre and Puente Theatre (Victoria, Canada), Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY), The Peoplehood (Los Angeles, CA), Teatro Caralimipia (Panamá), Theatre Simple (Seattle, WA), Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh, Scotland), Tropa Nomade (Santiago, Chile), Vhitori Entertainment (Harare, Zimbabwe), Vihaan Drama Works (Bhopal, India), Vortex Theatre (Albuquerque, NM)
Universities: Arizona State University, Boston Conservatory, Brandeis University, California Institute for the Arts, California Institute of Technology, California State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Dickinson College, John Jay College, Ithaca College, Kansas State University, Massey University (New Zealand), Manchester University (UK), Middlebury College, Middlesex University (UK), National Academy of the Performing Arts Theater Company (Pakistan), New York University, New York University Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), North Carolina State University, Ohio University, Pomona College, Ramapo College, Randolph-Macon College, Santa Clara University, Saint Michael’s College, SUNY Oswego, University of Connecticut, University of Iowa, University of New Hampshire, University of Oregon, University of San Francisco, Vancouver Island University (Canada), Western Washington University, West Virginia University at Parkersburg, York University (Canada)
ABOUT THE PRODUCERS
NoPassport theatre alliance and press was founded by playwright Caridad Svich in 2003 and is committed to the advocacy, promotion, production and publication of creative expressions of aesthetic and cultural diversity and difference in theatre and performance. NoPassport is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas. (www.nopassport.org).
The Arctic Cycle was founded by playwright Chantal Bilodeau in 2009, and uses artistic engagement and advocacy to communicate the urgency of the global climate crisis and encourage people to take action. (www.thearcticcycle.org)
Theatre Without Borders (TWB) is a grass-roots, informal, and volunteer, virtual community that shares information and builds connections between individuals and institutions interested in international theatre exchange. www.theatrewithoutborders.com