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Our Planet. Our Future. Our Responsibility.

Who We Are

CCTA 2017 is a collaboration between the Center for Sustainable Practice in the ArtsNoPassport Theatre Alliance, The Arctic CycleTheatre Without Borders, and York University.

Modeled on previous NoPassport theatre actions focused on gun control and the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill, CCTA draws on the expertise and resources of local artists, while being global in scope and uniting multiple countries around a common issue.

Climate scientists estimate we have fifteen years to decarbonize the economy if we want to stave off the worst impacts of climate change. The time for action is now. But action requires a hopeful vision of the future. For CCTA 2017, we are asking: “How can we turn the challenges of climate change into opportunities?”

How We Do It

Fifty playwrights from around the world were asked to write 1- to 5-minute plays about climate change with the following prompt:

Assume your audience knows as much as you do. Assume they are as concerned as you are. But they may not know what to do with this information and those concerns. So how can we turn the challenges of climate change into opportunities?

This collection of plays was then made available to producing collaborators interested in presenting an event during the project’s time window. Events can be as simple as a classroom or living room reading or they may be presented to a larger audience in a theatre. Collaborators were encouraged to design their event to reflect their own aesthetic and community, and to include additional material by local artists.

Because this is a Climate Change Theatre Action, we also urged collaborators to think about an action – educational, social, or political/civic – that could be integrated into their event. We define “action” as something that happens in addition to the theatrical experience, that aims to connect and/or galvanize people.

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Want to Join Us?

If you can present an event before November 18, 2017, we would love to have you! Check out our Call for Collaborators and get in touch.

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Countries represented this year include: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Romania, Saint Lucia, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and Zimbabwe.