2017 Artists & Climate Change Incubator

New York City
July 31-August 4, 2017
10am-5pm Monday-Friday
Fee: $350
Leader: Chantal Bilodeau

The inaugural Artists & Climate Change Incubator, organized by The Arctic Cycle and hosted by The Lark, is open to artists and arts educators who want to engage or further their engagement with climate change through artistic practices. All disciplines are welcome, and individuals from traditionally underrepresented populations and communities are encouraged to attend. The Incubator is an inclusive environment that supports diverse perspectives.

During this 5-day intensive, you will interact with guest speakers from fields such as environmental humanities, climate change communication, visual and performing arts, social justice, and environmental activism. Work sessions will provide tools to Reflect, Conceive, Innovate, Collaborate and Activate. Conversations with fellow artists will allow us to dig deep into challenges and concerns such as embracing activism without sacrificing personal vision and artistic integrity, letting go of the idea of "product," and bringing the arts to non-traditional audiences.

Together, we will explore:

  • Strategies to engage artistically with climate change
  • What the world may look like seen through a different lens
  • Ways to take the art out of traditional venues
  • How to develop collaborative projects with non-arts partners
  • How to activate audiences and create greater engagement with climate change issues

All sessions will take place in the studio of The Lark at 311 West 43rd Street, New York, NY. Limited to 20 participants. Availability is on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, contact us by clicking the email icon on the bottom right corner of the page.

For examples of work at the intersection of art and climate change, visit Artists & Climate Change, an initiative of The Arctic Cycle.

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Guest Speakers

Please check back often. Speaker bios will be added as speakers are confirmed.


Una Chaudhuri is Collegiate Professor and Professor of English and Drama. She is the author of No Man’s Stage: A Semiotic Study of Jean Genet’s Plays, and Staging Place: The Geography of Modern Drama, as well as numerous articles on drama theory and theatre history in such journals as Modern Drama, Theatre Journal, and Theatre. She is the editor of Rachel’s Brain and Other Storms, a book of scripts by performance artist Rachel Rosenthal, and co-editor, with Elinor Fuchs, of the award-winning critical anthology Land/Scape/Theater. She was guest editor of a special issue of Yale Theater on “Theater and Ecology” and a special issue on Animals and Performance, for TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies (2007). Recent publications includeAnimal Acts: Performing Species Today, co-edited with Holly Hughes, and Ecocide: Research Theatre and Climate Change, co-authored with Shonni Enelow. With director Fritz Ertl, she has developed a number of theatre pieces using a process they call “Research Theatre,” and she has worked collaboratively with the artist Marina Zurkow, most recently in a multi-platform project entitled “Dear Climate.” She chairs the panel of judges for the Callaway Prize for the Best Book on Drama or Theatre, and she has been a judge of the Obie and the Alpert Awards. She is a voting member of the American Theatre Wing, which awards Broadway’s Tony Awards.


Jessica Litwak, PhD, RDT is an award-winning playwright, an actor, a drama therapist, an educator, a puppet builder, and an international leader in the field of socially engaged theatre. Litwak has a BFA in acting, an MFA in playwriting and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change. Her company the H.E.A.T. Collective produces workshops, events, and productions that bring together the practices of Healing, Education, and Activism through Theatre. Litwak has taught theatre (Playwriting, Voice, Acting and Applied Theatre) at San Francisco State University, the Theatre Academy at Los Angeles City College, Stella Adler Academy, Marymount Manhattan College, Columbia, NYU, Lesley University, Whitman College, Hollins University, Naropa University, Masaryk University in the Czech Republic and Jadvipur University in India. She has worked extensively in Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, India, and throughout Central, Eastern, and Western Europe. Litwak is a trained practitioner of Playback, Psychodrama, and Theatre of the Oppressed. As the Founder and Artistic Director of The New Generation Theatre Ensemble, she built training and performance opportunities for youth. She is the creator and leader of Artists Rise Up, New York. She is a core member and on the steering committee of Theatre Without Borders. She is a Fulbright Scholar.


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Jeremy Pickard is the founder and co-director of Superhero Clubhouse, a NYC-based collective of artists and scientists working at the intersection of environmentalism and theater. In 2015 his essay “On Eco-Theater” was published by TCG in the book Innovations in Five Acts, edited by Caridad Svich. Jeremy is the lead playwright, co-creator, and co-director of the Planet Play series, Flying Ace and the Storm of the Century!Salty Folk, and The Meanies. He continues to teach and direct for the annual Big Green Theater Festival, which he co-created with The Bushwick Starr in 2009. Jeremy is a founding member of Climate Lens, a committee member for the Broadway Green Alliance, and serves on the board for The Dragon’s Egg. Education: Ithaca College, National Theater Institute, and SITI Company. He wears many hats including director, performer, writer, and producer.