Our Artists

Chantal Bilodeau

Founder, Artistic Director
United States

Chantal Bilodeau is a playwright and translator whose work focuses on 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 Magazine, the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences, and the World Policy Institute. She curates the HowlRound series Theatre in the Age of Climate Change and is an artistic collaborator in the Science & Arts Project at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna. 

 

Julia Levine

Artistic Producer
United States

Julia Levine is a theatremaker 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. As a director in NYC, Julia has worked on various downtown projects that consider political and cultural topics, with companies including Theater In Asylum, Superhero Clubhouse, and Honest Accomplice Theatre. She works in Marketing at HERE Arts Center, and writes for the Artists & Climate Change blog. Julia writes and devises with her performance-based initiative, The Food Plays, to bring questions of food, climate, and justice into everyday life.

 

Jennifer Vellenga

Resident Director
United States

Jennifer Vellenga is a director, actor, and educator who uses theatre and education to foster dialogue about our global climate crisis. She directed workshops of Forward in Chicago and Tromsø, Norway, and produced the play at Kansas State University where students are involved in supporting the mission of Climate Change Theatre Action (CCTA). Jennifer is the Director of Theatre at Kansas State University where she participates in sustainability initiatives and is a guest speaker for the Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences lecture series. Other credits in­clude work at Cincinnati Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, and the Guthrie Theater. She is a member of Actors' Equity Association as Jennifer Guindon.

 

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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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…