2018 Artists & Climate Change Incubator
The Artists & Climate Change Incubator is open to artists, activists, and arts educators who want to engage or further their engagement with climate change through artistic practices. During this 5-day intensive, participants interact with guest speakers from fields such as environmental humanities, climate science, climate change communication, and visual and performing arts. They participate in group exercises and discussions that cover a range of topics including:
- Strategies to engage artistically with climate change
- Ways to take the arts out of traditional venues
- How to develop collaborative projects with non-arts partners
- How to activate audiences and create greater engagement with climate change issues
Check back in the spring of 2018 for the dates and location of the next Incubator.
The 2017 Artists & Climate Change Incubator took place July 31-August 4 at The Lark in New York City and included the following guest speakers:
Tanja Beer (PhD) is an award winning ecological scenographer and Academic Fellow in Performance Design and Sustainability (Ecoscenography) at the Melbourne School of Design (University of Melbourne, Australia). Her practice-led research integrates participatory art and theatre-making with sustainability and urban ecology. Tanja’s most significant work is The Living Stage, a global initiative that combines stage design, permaculture and community engagement to create recyclable, biodegradable and edible performance spaces.
Sarah Cameron Sunde is an interdisciplinary artist and director working at the intersection of performance, video and public art. She leads the live art cohort Lydian Junction, is Deputy Artistic Director of New Georges, and is known internationally as Jon Fosse’s American translator and director (five U.S. debut productions; translations published by PAJ). Among other places, her work been seen at 3LD Art & Technology Center, EFA Project Space, the Knockdown Center, Kennedy Center, Guthrie Theater and presented internationally in Norway, The Netherlands, Mexico, China, Uganda and Iraqi Kurdistan. Honors include a Princess Grace Award, Creative Climate Award First prize 2015, and residencies at The Watermill Center and Hermitage Foundation. She holds a BA in Theater from UCLA and an MFA in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice from the City College of New York, CUNY. Sunde is currently working on large-scale projects 36.5 / a durational performance with the sea and ACROSS AN EMPTY LOT: a temporary memorial to the empty space. She is a 2016-17 artist-in-residence with LMCC’s Workspace program.
Una Chaudhuri is Collegiate Professor and Professor of English and Drama. She is the author of No Man’s Stage: A Semiotic Study of Jean Genet’s Plays, and Staging Place: The Geography of Modern Drama, as well as numerous articles on drama theory and theatre history in such journals as Modern Drama, Theatre Journal, and Theatre. She is the editor of Rachel’s Brain and Other Storms, a book of scripts by performance artist Rachel Rosenthal, and co-editor, with Elinor Fuchs, of the award-winning critical anthology Land/Scape/Theater. She was guest editor of a special issue of Yale Theater on “Theater and Ecology” and a special issue on Animals and Performance, for TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies (2007). Recent publications includeAnimal Acts: Performing Species Today, co-edited with Holly Hughes, and Ecocide: Research Theatre and Climate Change, co-authored with Shonni Enelow. With director Fritz Ertl, she has developed a number of theatre pieces using a process they call “Research Theatre,” and she has worked collaboratively with the artist Marina Zurkow, most recently in a multi-platform project entitled “Dear Climate.” She chairs the panel of judges for the Callaway Prize for the Best Book on Drama or Theatre, and she has been a judge of the Obie and the Alpert Awards. She is a voting member of the American Theatre Wing, which awards Broadway’s Tony Awards.
Jessica Litwak, PhD, RDT is an award-winning playwright, an actor, a drama therapist, an educator, a puppet builder, and an international leader in the field of socially engaged theatre. Litwak has a BFA in acting, an MFA in playwriting and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change. Her company the H.E.A.T. Collective produces workshops, events, and productions that bring together the practices of Healing, Education, and Activism through Theatre. Litwak has taught theatre (Playwriting, Voice, Acting and Applied Theatre) at San Francisco State University, the Theatre Academy at Los Angeles City College, Stella Adler Academy, Marymount Manhattan College, Columbia, NYU, Lesley University, Whitman College, Hollins University, Naropa University, Masaryk University in the Czech Republic and Jadvipur University in India. She has worked extensively in Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, India, and throughout Central, Eastern, and Western Europe. Litwak is a trained practitioner of Playback, Psychodrama, and Theatre of the Oppressed. As the Founder and Artistic Director of The New Generation Theatre Ensemble, she built training and performance opportunities for youth. She is the creator and leader of Artists Rise Up, New York. She is a core member and on the steering committee of Theatre Without Borders. She is a Fulbright Scholar.
Kate Marvel is a scientist at Columbia University and the NASA Goddard Institute of Space studies. She uses computer models and satellite observations to monitor and explain the changes happening around us. Her work has suggested that human activities are already affecting global rainfall and cloud patterns. Marvel is committed to sharing the joy and beauty of science with wider audiences. She has advised journalists, artists and policymakers, written a popular science blog and given frequent public talks. Her writing has appeared in Nautilus Magazine and On Being. Her TED talk is available at go.ted.com/katemarvel.
Eve Mosher is an artist, interventionist and playworker-in-training, living and working in New York City. Her works use investigations of the landscape as starting points for audience exploration of urban issues. Her public works raise issues on the environment, public/private space use, history of place, cultural and social issues and our understanding of the urban ecosystem. Her work has been profiled in international media including the The New Yorker, New York Times, ARTnews, American Scientist, L’uomo Vogue, and Le Monde. Her public and community artworks have received grants from New York State Council on the Arts and New York Department of Cultural Affairs, both through the Brooklyn Arts Council, and The City Parks Foundation. Collaborative works with Heidi Quante (Creative Catalysts) have received support from The Kresge Foundation, The Compton Foundation, The Whitman Foundation, and Invoking the Pause. She has a serious interest in urban ecologies and sustainable development.
Lynn Neuman is Artistic and Executive Director of Artichoke Dance Company, the first dance company committed to upscaling materials headed to landfills for productions. Her movement work for the stage has been presented across the United States and in Canada, Australia, Korea, and Turks and Caicos. Her site-specific work has engaged thousands in the arts and environmental activism. She is sought for workshops and lectures in environmentalism in the arts and engaging communities in alternative ways. Lynn is currently an Association of Performing Arts Professionals Leadership Fellow and was honored with a 2015/16 Marion International Fellowship for the Visual and Performing Arts. In addition to dance, Lynn works in theatre, opera and film, and is a co-producer of Culture Club, performance events bringing artists of diverse backgrounds together to create cultural bridges. She serves as 350Brooklyn Partnership Committee Chair, on the leadership committee for GetOrganizedBK, and is an American Littoral Society Coastal Clean Up Coordinator.
Jeremy Pickard is the founder and co-director of Superhero Clubhouse, a NYC-based collective of artists and scientists working at the intersection of environmentalism and theater. In 2015 his essay “On Eco-Theater” was published by TCG in the book Innovations in Five Acts, edited by Caridad Svich. Jeremy is the lead playwright, co-creator, and co-director of the Planet Play series, Flying Ace and the Storm of the Century!, Salty Folk, and The Meanies. He continues to teach and direct for the annual Big Green Theater Festival, which he co-created with The Bushwick Starr in 2009. Jeremy is a founding member of Climate Lens, a committee member for the Broadway Green Alliance, and serves on the board for The Dragon’s Egg. Education: Ithaca College, National Theater Institute, and SITI Company. He wears many hats including director, performer, writer, and producer.
Courtney St. John is a policy and communications professional with significant experience working on climate and energy issues. As the co-director of the Energy Transition team at Climate Nexus, she works with various sectors and the media to tell the story of the transition to a clean energy economy. Prior to joining Climate Nexus, Courtney oversaw outreach for the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at Columbia University. Courtney also worked as the Climate Change Affairs Officer for the United States Navy’s Task Force Climate Change where she oversaw execution of the Navy’s Climate Change Roadmap. She was a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow in the Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy. Courtney has authored publications on various climate change topics and holds a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning with a concentration in environmental policy and a certificate in Risk Communication. In 2015, Courtney was honored as a Climate “sHero,” one of nineteen women working to advance climate action in New York City.