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Towards a Sustainable Green Theatre in NY/Earth Week

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Apr 23, 2009
Apr 23, 2009
Segal Theater

(Check out Kadmus Arts interview with Michael Johnson Chase here: http://kadmusarts.com/podcasts/?p=918 )

In commemoration of Earth Week 2009, join us as we explore what theatre artists and production staff are doing to meet the extraordinary challenges of climate change . At a time when local, state and federal governments are setting goals for reduction in carbon emissions, holding public meetings to solicit public recommendations for adapting to rising sea levels; when businesses are beginning to talk about renewable energy, closed-loop waste streams, and innovative mobility systems; what are we doing in the theatre?

Panelists include Gideon Banner, actor and founder of the Green Theater Initiative; Bob Usdin, founder and CEO of Showman Fabricators; Benno Van Noort, LEED-certified director of facilities at the New Victory Theatre and The New 42nd Street Studios; NYC Director Daniella Topol; Marda Kirn, founder and Executive Director of Eco-Arts in Boulder, Colorado; and Ben Todd, Executive Director and fuel cell technology expert at the Arcola Theatre in London. Seema Sueko, Artistic Director of Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company in San Diego, will participate via a Skype feed (as a way to lower our carbon footprint). We may also be joined by Lisa Phillips, a former theatre producer who works for the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, an affiliate of the Columbia University Earth Institute.

Water by Shelia Callaghan Photo Courtesy MESTC Archive

Water by Shelia Callaghan
Photo Courtesy MESTC Archive

This event will explore theatre and the environment from two perspectives: the process of making theatre, and the theatre we make. We will explore building performance and renewable energy, facilities management, closed loop set design and construction and intelligent recycling. We will also see an excerpt of the new play Water by Shelia Callaghan. Directed by Daniella Topol, we will learn from her how this multimedia theatre piece about water has been shaped through her consultations with scientists at the Department of Environmental Conservation.

This program is being curated for CUNY by Michael Johnson-Chase, a former theatre professor, international program director at the Lark Play Development Center, producer and writer. After a stint as a solar installer, he is currently developing Green Collar Job training programs at Solar One; an environmentally focused arts and education center in NYC soon to feature New York City’s first net zero carbon classroom and performance facility.

6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
Martin E. Segal Theatre. Free!

Additional Resources for Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship in the Arts, from Kadmus Arts:

Ben Todd: http://kadmusarts.com/blog/?p=809

Mia Hanak, Natural World Museum: http://kadmusarts.com/blog/?p=294

John Harley, Arts Council England: http://kadmusarts.com/blog/?p=831

Brian Allenby: http://kadmusarts.com/blog/?p=431

Green Resources: http://kadmusarts.com/blog/?page_id=287