Staging Sustainability

Institution: Allegheny College

Instructor: Michael Mehler

Description: The first section will focus on eco-drama, an emerging genre in which theatre makers foreground ecological themes that show the ways that humans impact their environment and how that changed environment impacts humans. We will read two plays: Chantal Bilodeau’s Sila and Caridad Svich’s Way of Water. Both plays explore how the interconnection of ecology, economics, and politics impacts planet and people. The second section will explore material matters by looking at business and production models generally and then applied to live entertainment. Our investigation will challenge conventional models enshrined with many industrial and creative processes. During the final section, students will apply their newfound expertise in eco-drama and sustainable production.

Level: Undergraduate

Country: United States

Syllabus: Staging Sustainability