CCTA 2017

Climate Change Theatre Action 2017 took place October 1 – November 18, 2017 to coincide with the United Nations 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23).

Close to 140 collaborators in 23 countries hosted events, reaching an audience of 12,000. In the US, 90 events took place in 60 cities. Plays were read and performed, live and on radio, and presented in a variety of settings including: theatres, high schools, middle schools, universities, yoga studios, community centers, libraries, churches, museums, cafes, bars, people’s living rooms, and outdoors.

Actions taken included: donating to hurricane relief efforts, environmental organizations, and food banks; sending letters to government representatives; writing phone scripts to call government representatives; pledging to do something about climate change; inviting scientists, local environmental organizations, and students returning from COP23 to share their expertise; reading the NYC Zero Waste Guide; creating new words for feelings associated with climate change; writing to one’s great great great grandchildren; sharing information about being vegan; and sharing lists of local resources.

The plays were published together in Where Is The Hope? An Anthology of Short Climate Change Plays available from the York University Bookstore.

CCTA 2017 was supported by a Connections grant from the Social Science Research Council of Canada, and by a York University Canada 150 grant.

Participating Playwrights

Hassan Abdulrazzak Keith Josef Adkins Reneltta Arluk Elaine Ávila Catherine Banks Chantal Bilodeau Philip Braithwaite Jody Christopherson & Ryan McCurdy Mindi Dickstein Clare Duffy Angella Emurwon Kendra Fanconi Lanxing Fu & Jeremy Pickard David Geary Mīria George Jordan Hall Vinicius Jatobá C.A. Johnson Marcia Johnson Hiro Kanagawa MaryAnn Karanja Amahl Khouri Catherine Léger Ian Lesā E.M. Lewis Jessica Litwak Kevin Loring Abhishek Majumdar Anita Majumdar Kasaya Manulevu Shahid Nadeem Sharleen Ndlovu Dave Ojay Achiro P. Olwoch Giovanni Ortega David Paquet Sarena Parmar Katie Pearl Elyne Quan Lynn Rosen Ian Rowlands Lisa Schlesinger Stephen Sewell Saviana Stanescu Caridad Svich Jordan Tannahill Elspeth Tilley Meaza Worku Nathan Yungerberg Maya Zbib

Photo Gallery

New York Launch
San Jose City College Theatre Arts presents "Hot Mess"
Climate Change Theatre Action in Lafayette
Craftsman Theatre Company
Brandeis University - The Spaces Between Us
ClimateAct: A Participatory Play Reading (Burlington, Vermont)
Earth and Water Network, CCTA 2017 in Karachi, Pakistan
Climate Change Theatre Action at Ruhr University Bochum
Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand
One World Theatre, Shanghai, China
Natalia Sagan Martinez, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Arizona State University, CCTA 2017
SUNY Oswego CCTA 2017
Vortex Theatre CCTA 2017
UNC Wilmington CCTA 2017
CCTA 2017 in Nigeria
CCTA 2017 at the University of Dayton
Climate Change Theatre Action in Romania 2017
CCTA 2017 at the University of Maryland
Hastings College CCTA 2017
Allegheny College CCTA 2017
Warner Pacific University CCTA 2017
CCTA 2017 in Chicago
CCTA 2017 at USC
Pomona College CCTA 2017
CCTA 2017 in Saint Paul, Minnesota
Labyrinth Theatre, CCTA 2017
The New York Landing, Artists Rise Up New York
Luciole International Theatre Company, Houston, TX
CCTA at Upstream Artists Collective, New York, NY
Creatives for Climate, Pittsburgh, PA
Drama Discourse Society, Auckland, New Zealand
Multistages, New York, NY
Feste Theatre, Brno, Czech Republic
CCTA 2017 in Paris, France
CCTA 2017 in Lima, Peru
St. Mary’s International School, Ilorin, Nigeria
One World Theatre, Shanghai, China
Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Artichoke Dance, New York, NY
NYU Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
The Children’s Zero Waste Climate Quilt Project, New York, NY
The Anthropologists, New York, NY
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Camosun Bog, British Columbia, Canada
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New York Launch
San Jose City College Theatre Arts presents "Hot Mess"
Climate Change Theatre Action in Lafayette
Craftsman Theatre Company
Brandeis University - The Spaces Between Us
ClimateAct: A Participatory Play Reading (Burlington, Vermont)
Earth and Water Network, CCTA 2017 in Karachi, Pakistan
Climate Change Theatre Action at Ruhr University Bochum
 Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand
One World Theatre, Shanghai, China
 Natalia Sagan Martinez, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Arizona State University, CCTA 2017
SUNY Oswego CCTA 2017
Vortex Theatre CCTA 2017
UNC Wilmington CCTA 2017
CCTA 2017 in Nigeria
CCTA 2017 at the University of Dayton
Climate Change Theatre Action in Romania 2017
CCTA 2017 at the University of Maryland
Hastings College CCTA 2017
Allegheny College CCTA 2017
Warner Pacific University CCTA 2017
CCTA 2017 in Chicago
CCTA 2017 at USC
Pomona College CCTA 2017
CCTA 2017 in Saint Paul, Minnesota
Labyrinth Theatre, CCTA 2017
The New York Landing, Artists Rise Up New York
Luciole International Theatre Company, Houston, TX
CCTA at Upstream Artists Collective, New York, NY
Creatives for Climate, Pittsburgh, PA
 Drama Discourse Society, Auckland, New Zealand
Multistages, New York, NY
Feste Theatre, Brno, Czech Republic
CCTA 2017 in Paris, France
CCTA 2017 in Lima, Peru
St. Mary’s International School, Ilorin, Nigeria
One World Theatre, Shanghai, China
 Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Artichoke Dance, New York, NY
NYU Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
The Children’s Zero Waste Climate Quilt Project, New York, NY
The Anthropologists, New York, NY
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Camosun Bog, British Columbia, Canada
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Producing Collaborators

Universities & Colleges

Allegheny College
Arizona State University
Centre for the Arts (Musisches Zentrum) / RUB
Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
California State University, Fullerton
Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama
Creighton University
Eckerd College
Edgewood College
Emory University
Hastings College
Kansas State University
Macalester College
Massey University
Missouri State University
Montana State University
New York University Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
Normandale Community College
North Dakota State University
Northwestern University
Oklahoma City University
One World Theatre
Pomona College
Presbyterian College
Quest University
Randolph-Macon College
Red Universitaria Ambiental
Ruhr University Bochum
San Jose City College
Spotswood College
State University of New York at Oswego
Southern Arkansas University
Targu-Mures University of Arts
The College of Staten Island
The Ohio State University
The University of Texas at Austin
University of Alaska Anchorage
University of Central Oklahoma
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Dayton
University of Delaware
University of Exeter
University of Graz
University of Iowa
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
University of Manitoba
University of Maryland
University of Missouri
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
University of South Wales
University of Southern California
University of Waikato
Warner Pacific College
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

Theatres & Arts Organizations

Across Ocean Arts
Artichoke Dance Company
Creatives for Climate (C4C)
Beaufort Players
Broadleaf Theatre
Chimera Ensemble
Craftsman Theatre Company
Culture*Park Theatre
Full Circle Theater Company
Hudson River Playback Theatre & Infinite Arms Puppet Theatre
Hurrah Hurrah
In Tandem Arts
In/Visible Theatre
INKBLOC Ensemble (Member Associate Project)
International Human Rights Art Festival
Khoyout Troupe & Cairo Climate Talks
Laboratório de Ecopoeticas
Luciole International Theatre Company
Mountain Community Theater & Peter Gelblum
MultiStages
Pi Theatre and The Only Animal
SJW Readings
Tennessee Women’s Theater Project
That Uppity Theatre Company
Theatre Delicatessen
The Anthropologists
The Arctic Group’s Polar Bear Plunge: Vantage Point
The (Beat) Theatre Collective
The Blue Room Theatre
The Children’s Zero Waste Climate Quilt Project
The Museum of Kairos
The Play’s the Thing
The Punk Theatre of the Lehigh Valley
The Studio Theatre
The Wilbury Theatre Group
Toronto Cold Reads
Upstream Artists’ Collective and Brooklyn Yard
Vampingo Productions
Vortex Theatre

Individuals

Cecil Castellucci
Abby Gilster & Casey Lowenthal
Kirsi Jansa
Olivia Kaloudi
Melissa Kaplan, Dylan Rogers & Anna Szabo
Ginni Manning & Sally Moss
Natalia Martinez Sagan
Ariel Martz-Oberlander
Cui Yin Mok
Zaza Muchemwa
Denise Yvette Serna & Iris Sowlat
Together Apartment
Tom & Ruth Small
Cathrine Winsnes

Schools

Benjamin Franklin High School
Choate Rosemary Hall School
Green Umbrella Learning Lab, Phillips Exeter Academy
Main Street Middle School
Malard
Maryknoll School
St. Andrew’s School
St. Mary’s International School

Environmental Groups

Earth and Water Network
Worthing Climate Action Network

Radio

Camino Real

Faith Group

Peace & Justice Committee of Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Congregation