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.
VOLUNTEER CALL FOR FALL!
We are in need of VOLUNTEERS to assist our students as they write their plays and create their production.
What: Big Green Theater: Fall Edition 2018
Where: P.S. 106 (aka Edward Everett Hale), 1328 Putnam Ave, Bushwick
When: October 2-December 14, Tuesdays-Fridays, 2:40pm-4:40pm
Who: Fourth- and fifth-grade students (8-11 year-olds)
In the first half of the program, your central responsibility is to work one-on-one (or one-on-two/three) with students as they write their plays. In the second half of the program, your responsibility shifts to support students working on the production in various ways (helping the design-focused students paint, helping the acting-focused students memorize lines, helping the stage management-focused students create cues, etc.). You don't need to be a theater artist or an environmental expert to volunteer, but a basic understanding of playwriting tools, climate change, and environmental justice is certainly helpful.
We ask volunteers to commit to at least 1 day per week (Tues-Fri, 2:40p-4:40p while school is in session) for the entirety of the program (October 2-December 14). Not possible for you but still want to volunteer? The second best option is to commit to attending every week for the second half of the program (approx. October 30-December 14).
Why are we asking you to make a weekly commitment?
Students thrive in our program as a direct result of lots of adult attention and support; it's often quite different from what they experience at home or during their school day. They also thrive by having adult partners who really get to know them and their work over time, such that volunteers and students become collaborators. Your relationship to the students is a very important part of their experience, and so your consistent presence is vital to their success.
SIGN ME UP!
Please fill out this spreadsheet with your contact information and the days we can expect you in our classroom. Be sure to indicate in the notes section any dates you cannot attend. If you have any questions, f eel free to respond to either of us (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you can't join us this year, fear not! We'll have more opportunities come January 2019. Until then, we can't wait to keep you updated with all things BGT, and are so thankful for your support!
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: email@example.com