The Artists & Climate Change’s Core Team is comprised of six artists representing four disciplines and three countries:
Chantal Bilodeau (founder & editor)
Chantal Bilodeau is the founder and artistic director of The Arctic Cycle, and one of the pioneers working at the intersection of theatre and climate. She has co-organized national gatherings focused on theatre and climate, presented at universities and conferences across the country and abroad, and written about the intersection of arts and climate change for American Theatre Magazine, the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences, Future Earth, and the World Policy Institute, as well as contributed to several academic volumes including, most recently, International Climate Protection (Springer) and the upcoming Extraordinary Partnerships: How the Arts and Humanities are Transforming Society (Lever Press). A Montreal-born, New York-based playwright and translator, her work has been presented in a dozen countries around the world. She is currently writing a series of eight plays that look at the social and environmental changes taking place in the eight Arctic states.
Susan Hoffman Fishman (writer)
Susan Hoffman Fishman is a painter, public artist and writer. Her work has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries throughout the US, including the Alternative Museum (NYC), Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA), Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford, CT), William Benton Museum of Art (Storrs, CT), New Britain Museum of American Art, (New Britain, CT), Allegra Viola Gallery (NYC) the National Aquarium (Baltimore, MD) and many others. She has also received numerous grants, commissions and awards. Since 2011, all of her paintings, installations and drawings have focused on water and climate change. She has co-created a national, interactive public art project, The Wave, which addresses our mutual need for and interdependence on water and has inspired thousands of adults and children of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to protect this vital resource. Her most recent body of work calls attention to the growing number of rampikes along our shores – dead trees that have been exposed to salt water as a result of rising tides.
Julia Levine (writer)
Julia Levine is a theatre artist and producer based in New York City. Originally from the Midwestern U.S., Julia’s work involves collaborative processes and explorations of the twenty-first century, with particular attention to environmental concerns. She is Artistic Producer of The Arctic Cycle and a co-organizer with Climate Change Theatre Action. As a director, Julia has assisted on various performance projects with companies that consider political and cultural topics, including Theater In Asylum, Honest Accomplice Theatre, and Superhero Clubhouse. Julia is on the Marketing team at HERE, and has worked administratively for The Foundry Theatre, The TEAM, and the International Human Rights Art Festival. Julia creates with her performance-based initiative, The UPROOT Series, to bring questions of food, climate, and justice into everyday life.
Yasmine Ostendorf (writer)
For the last seven years, writer/curator Yasmine Ostendorf (MA) has been doing research across Asia and Europe on artists proposing alternative ways of living and working – ways that ultimately shape more balanced, sustainable and resilient societies and ecologies. She has worked extensively on international cultural mobility programs and on the topic of art and environment, for expert organizations such as Julie’s Bicycle (UK), Bamboo Curtain Studio (TW), Cape Farewell (UK) and Trans Artists (NL). She runs the Green Art Lab Alliance, a network of 35 cultural organizations in Europe and Asia that explore, question, and address our social and environmental responsibility. She is the author of the series of guides “Creative Responses to Sustainability,” published by the Asia-Europe Foundation (SG) and the Ecologic Institute (DE). She is an associate curator for the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (UK) and of Valley of the Possible; a refugio for art and research in Patagonia (CL). Begin 2017 she was appointed the Head of the Lab for Nature Research at the Van Eyck Academy (NL) and amongst other things initiated the Van Eyck Food Lab. In 2019, she will expand the Green Art Lab Alliance into South-America, starting with a curatorial residency at Capacete (BR).
Recent exhibitions include Non-Human Narratives, stories of bacteria, fungi and viruses (Van Eyck 2017), The Big Invisible (Kunst Haus Wien 2017/2018) and Organic Theater (C-Platform Xiamen, China 2018).
Thomas Peterson (editor & writer)
Thomas Peterson is a theater director and researcher whose work focuses on the climate crisis. He is an Artistic Associate with The Arctic Cycle, co-organizing Climate Change Theatre Action. He studied American History & Literature and Theater, Dance & Media at Harvard, and was a Harvard Williams-Lodge Scholar at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, where he wrote a thesis on the aesthetic of the sublime in the theatrical representation of the Anthropocene. He recently directed and created Roy Loves America, a multi-form devised performance piece about Roy Cohn, and is developing an original adaptation of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck and a production of Kat Zhou’s adaptation of Boris Vian’s The Empire Builders. He has worked with companies like the American Repertory Theater and Colt Coeur, and with directors like Jenny Koons and Daniel Kramer. His engagement in climate activism stretches back to high school, when he led a successful fossil fuel divestment campaign.
Joan Sullivan (writer)
Joan Sullivan is a Canadian renewable energy photographer. Since 2009, Joan has found her artistic voice on the construction sites of utility-scale wind and solar projects. Her goal is to help others visualize – to imagine – what a post-carbon world will look like. Joan is currently working on a photo book about Canada’s energy transition. She also collaborates with filmmakers on documentary films that explore the human side of the energy transition. Her renewable energy photographs have been exhibited in group shows in Canada, the UK and Italy. You can find Joan on Twitter and Instagram.