Climate Change Theatre Action
2015 Edition

Climate Change Theatre Action (CCTA) is a worldwide series of readings and performances of short climate change plays presented biennially in support of the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP meetings).

A collaboration between NoPassport Theatre Alliance, The Arctic Cycle, and Theatre Without Borders, CCTA 2015 took place between November 30 and December 11, 2015 to coincide with the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21).

 

 

Highlights

Modeled on previous NoPassport theatre actions focused on gun control and the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill, CCTA 2015 drew on the expertise and resources of local artists, while being global in scope and uniting multiple countries around a common issue.

Over 100 collaborators in 25 countries hosted events. In the US alone, 53 events took place in 37 cities. Plays were read, performed, adapted into films and audio pieces, presented as part of day-long festivals or stand-alone events, in theatres, high schools, universities, eco-centers, community centers, people's living rooms, on radio, and outdoors.

Read the American Theatre Magazine article about the project.

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Plays in the CCTA 2015 collection are available for use in the classroom. Contact us to get access to the scripts.


CCTA event at New Diorama Theatre in London, UK organized by Vicky Album.


 

From Our Producing Collaborators...

 
 
One of the most positive aspects of putting on this event was the community-building that took place, which – it seems to me – will have a considerable ripple effect, affecting the spirit of this university and its relationship with the surrounding community.
— Nelson Gray, Vancouver Island University, Canada
 
 
My students loved reading and performing the plays, and they learned (for the first time, for most) about the upcoming Paris summit and all the activities surrounding it.
— Nicole Seymour, California State University, Fullerton
 
 
What an amazing and important journey. How fitting to stage words and worlds about the need to take care of our fragile home on a day in November when it is in the 90s.
— Jaisey Bates, The Peoplehood, CA
 
 
The conference attendees were thrilled –with the variety of voices represented by the plays; by the humor and poetry; by the very PERSONAL take you each had on the topic –a relief for them, after a day of discussions around the abstract...
— Catherine Coray, NYU Abu Dhabi
 
 
I think the most successful part was the play readings themselves, and specifically the comedies - people really enjoyed getting to laugh about a subject that is often presented in a dry, boring, serious, and often scary way.
— Elizabeth Buchanan, Perseverance Theatre, AK
 
 
The event generated much more attention than we expected. We were interviewed by the Lithuanian National Radio about it. It will also be covered by a show on the Lithuanian National Television.
— Aiste Ptakauske, Ethnic Kitchen, Lithuania
 

Audience participation in the CCTA event directed by Erin Mee at New York University.

Audience participation in the CCTA event directed by Erin Mee at New York University.


 

From Our Playwrights...

 
 
I chose to participate in this project because I didn’t believe that there was an option NOT to participate as a responsible world citizen. Climate change is an issue that should be in the forefront of everyone’s mind - we can’t replace our planet, we have to take care of it.
— Amina Henri, US/Jamaica
 
 
This is about the survival and prosperity of our species. If we don’t find a way to understand and mitigate our effects on the planet’s climate, we will be the last generations to live this well, to have so much. I can’t think of a more compelling, necessary subject for my writing.
— Jordan Hall, Canada
 
 
Over the last two years, I have been working on a play that deals with ecological philosophy and looking at it from the perspective of the islanders in the Indian Subcontinent, people who do not have the kind of time at hand that international negotiations seem to assume. This project came at a wonderful time for me and I am delighted to be part of it and also to read so many other views and stories from around the world. I hope this takes the conversation much further than where it is today.
— Abhishek Majumdar, India
 
 
I’m honored to contribute to the #ClimateChangeTheatreAction because I believe in the urgency of the work and the power of theatre to manifest change. I work every day to leave a better world to my daughter and all the children of our Starship Earth.
— August Schulenburg, US
 

Still shot from the film adaptation of Starving to Death in Midtown by Mindi Dickstein as part of Pomona College's CCTA event.

Still shot from the film adaptation of Starving to Death in Midtown by Mindi Dickstein as part of Pomona College's CCTA event.


List of Participating Playwrights

Deborah Asiimwe (Uganda)
Reneltta Arluk (Canada/Inuvialuit-Dene)
Elaine Avila (Canada/US)
Catherine Banks (Canada)
Chantal Bilodeau (US/Canada)
Catherine Butterfield (US)
Lenora Champagne (US)
Jody Christopherson & Ryan McCurdy (US)
Darrah Cloud (US)
Mindi Dickstein (US)
Erik Ehn (US)
Angie Emurwon (Uganda)
Kendra Fanconi (Canada)
Laura Ferraris (Argentina)
David Geary (Canada/New Zealand/Māori)
Dipika Guha (US/India)
Jordan Hall (Canada)
Amina Henry (US/Jamaica)
Naomi Iizuka (US)
Amahl Khouri (Jordan)
Arthur Kopit (US)
Koffi Kwahulé (France/Côte d’Ivoire)
Neil LaBute (US)
Deb Laufer (US)
Bryony Lavery (England)

 

Jacqueline E. Lawton (US)
Andrea Lepcio (US)
E.M. Lewis (US)
Kevin Loring (Canada/Nlaka’pamux)
Abhishek Majumdar (India)
Karen Malpede (US)
Ruth Margraff (US)
Olivier Mayer (US)
Winter Miller (US)
Chiori Miyagawa (US)
Colleen Murphy (Canada)
Verónica Musalem (Mexico)
Sitawa Namwalie (Kenya)
Giovanni Ortega (US/Philippines)
Silvia Peláez (Mexico)
Jeremy Pickard (US)
Elyne Quan (Canada)
Lynn Rosen (US)
Lisa Schlesinger (US)
August Schulenburg (US)
Stephen Sewell (Australia)
Saviana Stanescu (US/Romania)
Caridad Svich (US)
Elspeth Tilley (New Zealand)
Heather Woodbury (US)


CCTA event by The Box Collective in Brooklyn, NY.

CCTA event by The Box Collective in Brooklyn, NY.


List of Producing Collaborators

Community Center

Centered Holistic Community Center (Lexington, KY)

Eco-Centers

ONCA Center for Arts and Ecology (Brighton, UK)

Individuals

Michael Johnson-Chase (Paris, France)
Jenny Christian (Lexington, KY)
Susan Day (Vancouver, Canada)
Elizabeth Doud (Miami, FL and Cuba)
Erin Mee (New York, NY)
Richard Pettifer (Melbourne, Australia)
Matthew Sekellick (Buffalo, NY)
Sondos Shabayek, Lama El Hatow & Sarah Rifaat (Cairo, Egypt)
Iris Sowlat (Chicago, IL)
Tewodros Tessema (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

Radio

KUNM's Radio Theatre (Albuquerque, NM)

Schools

C.W. Baker High School (Baldwinsville, NY)
California Language School (Valencia, Spain)
Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity (Singapore)
Kwantlen Park Secondary School (Surrey, Canada)

Theatres & Cultural Institutions

516 Arts/Tricklock Theatre (Albuquerque, NM)
Artichoke Dance Company (Brooklyn, NY)
Artists Repertory Theatre & Boom Arts (Portland, OR)
Arts House (Melbourne, Australia)
Box Collective (Brooklyn, NY)
Casa de Marioneta (Sintra, Portugal)
Center Stage (Santa Cruz, CA)
Concerned Artists Norway (Oslo, Norway)
Drama Dogs (Santa Barbara, CA)
Half Moon Theatre (Poughkeepsie, NY)
Hudson River Playback Theatre (New Paltz, NY)
In altre parole (Rome, Italy)
Jackalope Theatre Company (Chicago, IL)
Kickwheel Ensemble Theater (Pittsfield, MA)
Laboratório de ecopoeticas (Sao Joao del Rei, Brazil)
Little Theatre Group (San Rafael de Escazu, Costa Rica)
Mirateca Arts (Pico, Azores, Portugal)
Mountain Community Theatre (Santa Cruz, CA)
MultiStages (New York, NY)
New Diorama Theatre (London, UK)
New Georges (New York, NY)
Nuyorican Poets Café (New York, NY)
Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, OR)
Perseverance Theatre (Juneau, AK)
Playwrights Theatre Centre & The Only Animal (Vancouver, Canada)
Rogue Machine Theatre & HeatWave (Los Angeles, CA)
Skaraventer Project (Armenia)
Teater Viva (Hjortshøj, Denmark)   
Teatro Caralimipia (Panamá)
The Big Foot Theatre Company (Albuquerque, NM)
The Peoplehood (Los Angeles, CA)
The Travis Weekes Project (Saint Lucia, Caribbean)
Tropa Nomade (Santiago, Chile)
Vihaan Drama Works (Bhopal, India)
Vortex Theatre (Albuquerque, NM)
Wize Latina Productions (Santa Fe, NM)

Universities

Arizona State University
Bard College at Simon's Rock
Boston Conservatory
Brandeis University
California Institute for the Arts
California State University, Fullerton
Carnegie Mellon University
John Jay College
Institut d'Études Politiques d'Aix-en-Provence (France)
Ithaca College
Kansas State University
London South Bank University (UK)
Massey University (New Zealand)
Middlebury College
Middlesex University (UK)
New York University Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
Ohio University
Pomona College
Ramapo College
Randolph-Macon College
Reed College
Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY)
SUNY Oswego
University of Connecticut
University of New Hampshire
University of Panama (Panama)
Vancouver Island University (Canada)
Western Washington University