On behalf of The Bushwick Starr and Superhero Clubhouse, we are excited to announce our first ever Big Green Theater FALL eco-theater program, happening this September-December at P.S.106 in Bushwick! 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 will be performed on December 14th in the 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 after-school eco-playwriting program for Brooklyn elementary students led by guest teaching artists from local theater organizations The Bushwick Starr and Superhero Clubhouse. Students work with environmental and theater professionals who inspire and guide them as they write their own short eco-plays about local ecology, climate change, and environmental justice, which are then staged by the students at their schools in the Fall, and fully produced at the Starr by an ensemble of professionals in the Spring. The plays are performed using only green theater methods. BGT is a creative outlet to introduce students to the fundamentals of ecology and environmental justice, practice critical thinking, and develop an expressive voice.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org