Climate Change Theatre Action
2017 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). 

CCTA 2017 is a collaboration between the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, NoPassport Theatre Alliance, The Arctic Cycle, Theatre Without Borders, and York University.

 
 
 

Climate scientists estimate we have fifteen years to decarbonize the economy if we want to stave off the worst impacts of climate change. The time for action is now. But action requires a hopeful vision of the future. For CCTA 2017, we are asking: “How can we turn the challenges of climate change into opportunities?”


 

Become Part of CCTA 2017

Join us in hosting a reading or performance of short climate change plays this fall in support of the United Nations COP23 meeting chaired by Fiji and hosted in Bonn, Germany.

WHEN: Anytime between October 1 and November 18, 2017.

WHERE: Wherever you are.

WE PROVIDE: A collection of 50 short plays that address an aspect of climate change; a list of resources to help make your Action effective and unique; organizational and marketing support; and a lot of enthusiasm!

YOUR CONTRIBUTION: You agree to present an event between October 1 and November 18, 2017 using at least one of the plays in our collection. Your event can be as simple as a classroom or living room reading or it may be presented to a larger audience in a theatre. It may be designed to reflect your own aesthetic and community. (Please note: We cannot provide funding for events.)

Contact us at ClimateChangeTheatreAction [at] gmail [dot] com to register your event, get the full guidelines, and get access to the plays.

When technically possible, CCTA events will be livestreamed on the online platform HowlRound TV.

Read why we are doing this in the online journal HowlRound.

Click here for the American Theatre Magazine article about what we accomplished in 2015.

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Listen to CCTA 2017's Song by Greencard Wedding


CCTA event at The Box Collective in Brooklyn, NY, 2015.


List of Participating Playwrights

They come from every inhabited continent on the globe, represent over 25 cultures, are from industrialized and developing countries, urban and rural areas, and range in age from early 20s to mid 60s. Some are from low-lying island nations threatened by sea level rise, others are from countries facing severe heatwaves, floods, or droughts. Some are recent migrants, some inhabit the country their ancestors chose or were brought to, and many live on and fiercely protect the land where they were born. Together, they create an incredibly diverse and talented group with widely different perspectives. They are:

Hassan Abdulrazzak (UK/Irak)
Keith Josef Adkins (US)
Reneltta Arluk (Canada/Dene/Inuvialuit)
Elaine Ávila (Canada/US)
Catherine Banks (Canada)
Chantal Bilodeau (US/Canada)
Philip Braithwaite (New Zealand)
Jody Christopherson & Ryan McCurdy (US)
Mindi Dickstein (US)
Clare Duffy (UK/Scotland)
Angella Emurwon (Uganda)
Kendra Fanconi (Canada)
David Geary (Canada/New Zealand/Māori)
Mīria George (New Zealand/Māori)
Jordan Hall (Canada)
Vinicius Jatobá (Brazil)
C.A. Johnson (US)
Marcia Johnson (Canada/Jamaica)
Hiro Kanagawa (Canada/Japan)
MaryAnn Karanja (Kenya)
Amahl Khouri (Germany/Jordan)
Catherine Léger (Canada)
Ian Lesā (New Zealand/Samoa)
E.M. Lewis (US)
Jessica Litwak (US)

 

Kevin Loring (Canada/Nlaka'pamux)
Abhishek Majumdar (India)
Anita Majumdar (Canada)
Kasaya Manulevu (Fiji)
Shahid Nadeem (Pakistan)
Sharleen Ndlovu (Australia/Zimbabwe)
Dave Ojay (Kenya)
Achiro P. Olwoch (Uganda)
Giovanni Ortega (US/Philippines/Spain)
David Paquet (Canada)
Sarena Parmar (Canada)
Katie Pearl (US)
Jeremy Pickard & Lanxing Fu (US)
Elyne Quan (Canada)
Lynn Rosen (US)
Ian Rowlands (UK)
Lisa Schlesinger (US/Greece)
Stephen Sewell (Australia)
Saviana Stanescu (US/Romania)
Caridad Svich (US)
Jordan Tannahill (Canada)
Elspeth Tilley (New Zealand)
Meaza Worku (Ethiopia)
Nathan Yungerberg (US)
Maya Zbib (Lebanon)


List of Producing Collaborators

Collaborators will be announced soon as their plans firm up. Countries represented this year are:

Argentina
Australia
Austria
Barbados
Botswana
Brazil
Canada
Chile
China
Columbia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Egypt
 

 

France
Greece
India
Ireland
Japan
Kenya
Lebanon
Lithuania
Mexico
Nepal
New Zealand
Nigeria
Pakistan

 

Peru
Poland
Romania
Saint Lucia
Senegal
Singapore
South Africa
Togo
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States