In addition to guest contributors, Artists & Climate Change features four regular writers:
CHANTAL BILODEAU (founder) is a playwright, translator, and research artist whose work focuses on the intersection of science, policy, culture, and climate change. She is the Artistic Director of The Arctic Cycle, an organization that uses artistic engagement and advocacy to foster dialogue about our global climate crisis and encourage people to take action. In 2015, she co-organized the international Climate Change Theatre Action, a series of worldwide readings and performances of climate change plays, poems and songs presented in support of the United Nations Paris Climate Conference. Recent awards include the Woodward International Playwriting Prize as well as First Prize in the Earth Matters on Stage Ecodrama Festival and the Uprising National Playwriting Competition. Her work has been presented at theaters, universities, and science/policy conferences across the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Mexico, Italy and Norway.
JULIA LEVINE is a theatre artist, educator, 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. Her original play, GAIA: an eco-theatre project, includes found and devised text, and was part of the Indiana State Museum’s 2015 Going Green Festival. As a director in NYC, Julia has assisted on various downtown projects that consider political and cultural topics, with companies including Theater in Asylum, Manhattan Shakespeare Project, and Honest Accomplice Theatre. Julia teaches youth of all ages around NYC, encouraging students to embody ethical lifestyles through community-building exercises and storytelling. Julia is the Marketing Fellow at HERE Arts Center, and has worked administratively for Superhero Clubhouse, The Foundry Theatre, The TEAM, and others. She is the Assistant Producer of the 2017 International Human Rights Festival, co-hosted by the Institute of Prophetic Activist Art and Dixon Place, where she will premiere Uproot, her new play on the American food system. Julia graduated summa cum laude from Butler University, where she studied Theatre and Anthropology.
For the last 5 years, curator YASMINE OSTENDORF (MA) has been undertaking research across Asia and Europe on artists proposing alternative ways of living and working – ways that ultimately shape more balanced, sustainable and resilient societies. She has extensively worked on international cultural mobility programmes and on the topic of art and environment, having worked for expert organisations such as Julie’s Bicycle (UK), Cape Farewell (UK) and Trans Artists (NL). She runs the Green Art Lab Alliance, a network of 35 cultural organisations in Europe and Asia that explores, questions, and addresses our social and environmental responsibility, and she is the author of the series of guides “Creative Responses to Sustainability,” published by the Asia-Europe Foundation. From March 2017, she will be establishing the Thijsse Lab at the Van Eyck Academy; a nature-research lab for artists named after a famous Maastricht ecologist.
Since 2009, photographer JOAN SULLIVAN has focused exclusively on climate change solutions. She is convinced that the inevitable transition to a 100% clean energy economy will happen faster – and within our lifetimes – by creating positive cultural visions and stories that help us visualize what a sustainable post-carbon world will look like. Joan takes inspiration from planetary futurist Alex Steffen, who said “we can’t build what we can’t imagine.” In Joan’s case, she has found her niche on the construction sites of some of the largest wind and solar installations in North America, where she documents the men and women who are literally building our clean energy economy. A documentary film about Joan’s commitment to promoting positive solutions to climate change was produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in 2014. Her new love is aerial drone photography. A photo book is slowly taking shape…