Our Artists

Chantal Bilodeau

Founder, Artistic Director
United States

Chantal Bilodeau is a playwright and translator whose work explores the intersection of arts, science, policy, and climate change. 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. Author of the eight plays (two finished, four upcoming) of The Arctic Cycle, she has written about the intersection of arts and climate change for American Theatre MagazineHowlRound, the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences, and the World Policy Institute, and presented at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Austria), Iowa State University, Rice University, Tufts University, and York University. 

 

Jennifer Vellenga

Affiliated Artist, Director
United States

Jennifer Vellenga has directed two readings and a production at Kansas State University of Forward by Chantal Bilodeau. Notable professional credits include work with director Mark Lamos on the Broadway production of Cymbeline (Lincoln Center), The Blonde, The Brunette & The Vengeful Redhead (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Dallas Theater Center), Compleat Female Stage Beauty (Old Globe Theatres, San Diego), and Antony & Cleopatra (Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis). As a member of Actors' Equity Association, Jennifer (Guindon) performed as an actor and singer in New York, Chicago and as far away as China and Croatia. Jennifer is the Head of Acting and Directing at Kansas State University, and has taught workshops in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Columbus, OH, and Miami. 

 

Susan Hoffman Fisman

Affiliated Artist, A&CC Writer
United States

Susan Hoffman Fishman is a painter, public artist, writer, and educator whose work has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries throughout the United States.  All of her public art and mixed media paintings concern current social and political issues. Susan’s latest body of work entitled, Rising Tides, focuses on the 65.3 million refugees in the world today who are riding powerful waves of plastic, going nowhere. Her two recent series, Plastic Seas and Water Wars reference the more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic currently in our oceans and the inevitable wars that are predicted to occur in the future over this limited, vital resource. Susan is also the co-creator, along with fellow artist, Elena Kalman, of two, large-scale, community-based, interactive public art projects: The Wave, a national installation which addresses our mutual need for and interdependence on water and Home, which calls attention to homelessness and the on-going need for affordable housing in our cities and states.

 
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Julia Levine

Affiliated Artist, A&CC Writer
United States

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 is the Marketing Fellow at HERE Arts Center. She graduated summa cum laude from Butler University, where she studied Theatre and Anthropology.

 

Yasmine Ostendorf

Affiliated Artist, A&CC Writer
The Netherlands

For the last 5 years, curator Yasmine Ostendorf 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. 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), 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 explores, questions, and addresses our social and environmental responsibility, and is the author of the series of guides “Creative Responses to Sustainability,” published by the Asia-Europe Foundation. Yasmine is Head of the Jac. P. Thijsse Lab, a lab for artists to do Nature Research as part of the Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht (NL) – an adaptive centre of expertise for developments in the landscape, ecology and sustainability. 

 

Joan Sullivan

Affiliated Artist, A&CC Writer
Canada

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…