COMING UP APRIL 26-28, 2019
This year's plays are inspired by two big problems facing local eco-systems: development and climate change. Student playwrights have created a menagerie of characters who live in a community surrounding an urban salt marsh (much like this one in Brooklyn's Marine Park). Throughout the plays, this community of humans and non-humans face pollution, deforestation, giant storms, poaching, and heat waves that threaten the survival of the marsh eco-system, ultimately finding solace and solutions in each other.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org