CCTA 2021

Envisioning a Global Green New Deal

Climate Change Theatre Action 2021 took place September 19 – December 18, 2021 to coincide with the United Nations Glasgow Climate Conference (COP 26).

Despite the difficulties of planning gatherings during the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the many cancellations and last minute shifts that occurred from in-person to online events, a group of dedicated producing collaborators still managed to organize a wide variety of events. One hundred and twenty in-person and online events took place in 23 countries, engaging 2,000 artists and reaching 10,000 people. In the U.S., 25 states were represented.

The plays are published together in The Future Is Not Fixed: Short Plays Envisioning a Global Green New Deal available from Applause Books. The anthology is also available from your domestic Amazon.

CCTA 2021 was supported by the KR Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts.


Our theme for 2021 was “Envisioning a Global Green New Deal.” The Green New Deal is a U.S. policy platform that has been adopted by climate advocates worldwide. Its goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also addressing problems like economic inequality and racial injustice. Playwrights were encouraged to be as bold and forward thinking as they could, and show us what their dream future looked like – and how we might get there.

Participating Playwrights

Producing Collaborators

Universities & Colleges

Arizona State University
Augustana University
California State University, Fullerton
Clemson University
Creighton University
Dakota State University
Douglas College
Eckerd College
Edge Hill University
Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY
Iowa State University
Miami Dade College
Milan University
Palomar College
Pomona College
Purdue University
Queensland University of Technology
Saint Mary’s College of California
Massey University
Skidmore College
University of Arts (Serbia)
Universidad Científica del Sur (Peru)
University of Alberta
University of British Columbia Okanagan
University of Cambridge
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Erfurt (Germany)
University of Evansville
University of Graz
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri
University of Regina
University of South Wales
University of the Fraser Valley
University of Toronto
University of Waikato (New Zealand)
University of Southern California
UWC Mahindra College (India)
Vorarlberg University College (Austria)
Webster University
Williams College

Theatres, Museums, and Arts Organizations

100 Watt Productions (Ottawa, ON, Canada)
3Gems Productions (Los Angeles, CA)
Across Ocean Arts (Toronto, ON, Canada)
Alibi Teatro (Lecce, Italy)
Anchorage Museum (Anchorage, AK)
Art Aia – Creatives / In / Residence (Sesto al Reghena, Italy)
Arts Umbrella (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
Arts & Climate Initiative (New York, NY)
Bag&Baggage Productions (Hillsboro, OR)
Bear & Co. (Ottawa, ON, Canada)
Blooming Ludus (Halifax, NS, Canada)
Branch Out Theatre (Toronto, ON, Canada)
Culture*Park Theatre (New Bedford, MA)
DFW Plays (Dallas, TX)
Downstage Theatre (Calgary, AB, Canada)
Downtown Art Center (Honolulu, HI)
ECOLAB – Laboratory of Ecopoetics (São João del-Rei, Brazil)
Hamburg Players (Hamburg, Germany)
Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Hudson River Playback Theatre (New Paltz, NY)
Hudson Valley Theatre (Beacon, NY)
Impact Arts Co-op (Vernon, BC, Canada)
Kansas City Actors Theatre
Kart Productions (Athens, Greece)
La Jolla Theatre Ensemble (San Diego, CA)
Left Luggage Creative Training & Facilitation (Sheffield, UK)
Live Arts Miami
MIAU Associação Cultural (Lisbon, Portugal)
Musée d’ethnographie de Genève (Geneva, Switzerland)
New Harlem (Toronto, ON, Canada)
Omaha Theater Company at The Rose Theater (Omaha, NE)
PAN Shanghai (China)
Penguin Productions (Seattle, WA)
River’s Edge Theatre Co. (Tarrytown, NY)
Schauspielhaus Graz (Austria)
StoryWorks Theater (Seattle, WA)
Tempest Theatre & Film (Penticton, BC, Canada)
Tenderfoot Theatre (Liverpool, UK)
That Uppity Theatre (St. Louis, MO)
The EcoTheatre Lab (Ames, IA)
The New Group (New York, NY)
The University Players (Hamburg, Germany)
Tint Journal (Graz, Austria)


Denis Agaba (Uganda)
Laura Lee Bahr (Brockton, MA)
Anne Garland (Barrow, AK and Smithfield, VA)
Gillian Cavan Lynch (Paris, France)
Michael Feldman (Washington, DC)
Olivia Gregorich (Chicago, IL)
Jean Haskell (Philadelphia, PA)
Meagan Holdeman (Littleton, CO)
Joan Kane (New York, NY)
Zsófi Rebeka Kozma (Budapest, Hungary)
Milton Loayza (Syracuse, NY)
Jen Maher (Greenfield, MA)
Shannon McNally (Toronto, ON, Canada)
Michele Minnick (Baltimore, MD)
Eve Morgenstern (Beacon, NY)
Luke Myers (San Francisco, CA)
Kapil Paharia (India)
Nicole Schafenacker (White Horse, YT, Canada)
Benjamin Stasny (London, UK)
Peterson Toscano (PA)
Mark Wallace (North Devon, UK)

Schools and Youth Organizations

Groton School (Groton, MA)
Gutenberg School (Wiesbaden, Germany)
Patrick Henry Middle School (Woodhaven, MI)

Environmental Science, Advocacy, and Social Justice Organizations

CMCC Foundation (Venice, Italy)
Dublin Friends of the Earth (Ireland)
Human Impacts Institute (Glasgow, Scotland)
The Wild Center (Tupper Lake, NY)
UNIS (New York, NY)
West Coast Climate Action Network (Vernon, BC, Canada)

Faith Groups

The BTS Center (Portland, ME)


Citizen’s Climate Radio