Public Performances April 23 – 26, 2020
Created in collaboration with Superhero Clubhouse
Plays written by Bushwick/Ridgewood elementary school students
Big Green Theater (BGT) is an eco-playwriting program for Bushwick and Ridgewood public elementary students that uplifts the imaginations of young people most impacted by our new climate reality and brings their ideas to life on stage. BGT aims to inspire students to manifest a sustainable and just community by using the power of their creative voice.
Big Green Theater is made possible thanks to the support of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, City Council Members Antonio Reynoso, Rafael L. Espinal, and Stephen Levin, the Revada Foundation of the Logan Family, Con Edison, and the Lotos Foundation
On behalf of The Bushwick Starr and Superhero Clubhouse, we are excited to announce that we now also offer a Big Green Theater FALL program! Unlike our annual Spring program that culminates in a professional production at The Bushwick Starr, our Fall BGT program will allow students to transition from being playwrights to trying their hand at performing, directing, designing, and stage managing. The production they create is performed in their school auditorium for fellow students, faculty, families, and the community.
This expansion, which allows BGT to wrap around the whole year and engage twice as many young people in Bushwick through biannual curriculum in four public elementary school classrooms, is primarily funded through the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs' Cultural After School Adventures (CASA) Program. We are honored that Big Green Theater is now supported by all of our local elected New York City Council officials in Bushwick, with increased CASA funding from Council District 34 and CM Antonio Reynoso, new CASA funding from Council District 37 and CM Rafael L. Espinal, and continued discretionary funding from Council District 33 and CM Stephen Levin. We also remain grateful for the deep investments made in this program's growth through the longtime leadership funding of The Revada Foundation of the Logan Family, Con Edison, and our community of supporters who make this work possible.
*This activity is not sponsored or endorsed by the New York City Department of Education or the City of New York.
Big Green Theater (BGT) is an eco-playwriting program for public elementary students in which kids write plays about local ecology, climate change, and environmental justice, then see their work produced professionally for audiences of their peers and families.
For three months during after-school hours, 4th and 5th graders at schools in Bushwick and Ridgewood work with guests artists and environmental professionals to craft imaginative, musical “eco-plays” that tackle some of the world’s most pressing environmental issues. Their plays are fully staged and presented at The Bushwick Starr by an ensemble of professional actors, directors, and designers using only green theater methods. BGT is a creative outlet to introduce students to the fundamentals of environmental justice, practice critical thinking, and develop an expressive voice in order to become leaders of a thriving future.
There are many opportunities to help out with this program on a volunteer basis. From working with kids in the writing workshop, to doing research about environmental stats, to helping paint stage sets or sewing costumes for the show- there’s something for everyone! If you’re interested in getting involved, please email us at: email@example.com