Collaborative Field, Divisive Times (TD&T Fall 2019)

Written based on my experience as Curator for the US Exhibition at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial and as partner in the North American Cluster at the PQ, this article discusses the spirit of international exchange an collaboration among artists during political unrest that persists half a century after the Prague Quadrennial began.

TD&T is the journal of the US Institute for Theatre Technology

Scene (Journal) Volume 6 Number 1

Arts-driven Sustainability and Sustainably Driven Arts (Scene Vol 6, No 1)

With the founding of the National Endowment for the Arts, Lyndon Johnson stated that ‘[…] we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish’. Today, we are facing the largest existential threat to human civilization as a result of human-made climate change. Research into the three dimensions of sustainable development articulated by the UN’s Brundtland Commission reveals that the arts have positive impacts in each area. The arts are drivers of social cohesion, and build our individual and shared identities. The arts contribute to the economy significantly above the rates of public and private funding allocated to them, especially at a local level. And, by congregating people together and sharing ideas have real and significant potential positive environmental impacts. These impacts offer evidence that society can become more sustainable with arts at the centre.

Where Is the Hope? An Anthology of Short Climate Change Plays

As co-director of this product with Chantal Bilodeau, I contributed an essay about the 2017 iteration of the Climate Change Theatre Action and the development of a design component. 

Where is the Hope? An Anthology of Short Climate Change Plays is our collection of fifty plays commissioned for Climate Change Theatre Action 2017. A creative response to the question “How can we inspire people and turn the challenges of climate change into opportunities?” the plays offer a diversity of perspectives and artistic approaches in telling stories that may point to a just and sustainable future.

Protocol Cover Spring 2017

Recent Greening Efforts in Canadian Production

Writing on behalf of the Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology, this essays shares recent efforts (as of 2017) in theatrical production to reduce negative environmental impacts. And the advancement of an ecological mindset across Canada.

Arts, the Environment, & Sustainability

This essay looks at changes related to the environment and issues of sustainability and the role that the arts may play in positively impacting those changes over the next 10–15 years.

Excerpted from Arts & America: Arts, Culture, and the Future of America’s Communities. This essay looks at the role of arts and issues of environment and sustainability over the next 10 to 15 years. The full book of essays can be purchased in the Americans for the Arts online store.

Theatre is no Place for a Plant

Published in Landing Stages – Selections from the Ashden Directory of Environment and Performance, a series of selected readings is compiled from the archived Ashden Directory of Environment and Performance (2000-2014), and gives an insight into the project and perspectives addressing the emerging arts and sustainability theme.

A Primer on the Relationship of Policy, Sustainability, Funding and the Arts in the United States

From the Reader of the Conference Sustainability & Culture – Sustainable Cultural Management

The term “sustainability” is primarily associated with the theories and the approaches of ecology. The international conference “Sustainability and Culture: Sustainable Cultural Management” was intended to shed light on yet another aspect of this very fertile perception of contemporary reality. The first day of the conference was intended to highlight the great potential and the richness in the field of culture, as well as the ways in which culture can contribute to a global and international sustainable perspective, not in theory, but in practice. On the second day of the conference, representatives of cultural organisations and public cultural institutions, artists and art and culture theorists, cultural managers, and representatives of educational and cultural establishments presented innovative and successful models of sustainable cultural management, with impressive results which point to the path to follow in future.

Theatrical Production’s Carbon Footprint

From the book Readings in Performance and Ecology edited by Wendy Arons and Theresa J. May

This ground-breaking collection focuses on how theatre, dance, and other forms of performance are helping to transform our ecological values. Top scholars explore how familiar and new works of performance can help us recognize our reciprocal relationship with the natural world and how it helps us understand the way we are connected to the land.

CSPA Sustainability Survey: Fusebox Festival

The Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts partnered with the Fusebox Festival for their 2012 program to creatively evaluate and explore both the environmental and cultural impacts of producing a festival. The project involved members of the festival’s community, including the festival’s directors, audience members, visiting artists, and staff. Data was gathered primarily to produce a dynamic data visualization to be accessible online and in tangible form at the festival hub.

Through surveys, direct observation, and box office data, we set out to examine the relationship between festival activities, cultural interest and infrastructure, and hints of economic effects of the festival. In short, we were interested in the idea of ‘cultural off-setting.’ Is producing an inter/national arts festival locally beneficial, both culturally and economically? And, what are the costs to the environment to produce such a festival?

CSPA Quarterly - Contributing Editor

The CSPA Quarterly is a publication arm of the Center for Sustainable Arts. It is meant to give a longer format and deeper space for reflection than some online platforms provide, and to reflect the myriad ways in which sustainability in the arts is discussed, approached and practiced. The publication features reviews, interviews, features, artist pages, essays, reflections and photos. It is a snapshot of a moment in time, a look at the many discussions in sustainability and the arts through the lens a particular theme. It is part of a rigorous dialogue.