When I use the phrase Sustainability and the Performing Arts what do you think of?
You might think about financial sustainability, as in "Will We Have Opera in the US in 50 years?"
You might think about sustaining cultural interest, as in "Who Will Write for the Theater in 10 years?"
But what I'm talking about is environmental sustainability, and you might be wondering, "in a time of such tremendous fiscal and cultural pressure on the performing arts just to exist, why should we be thinking about sustainability?
Art has always had the power to shape what a generation thinks about the world. Vice President Biden once referenced Will and Grace when talking about gay culture in America. I remember going through high school and fully half of the girls in my school were in love with the Rent soundtrack. Girls were comparing how many times they'd seen it. Art and how we make it reflects our values. We cannot sit passively at a distance and rail against the way the world works today yet make art with the same disregard for it's impact on the planet and future generations.
Design leaders across industries are working to make their given industies more sustainable. We can do the same.
Which brings me to next week. On April 21st I have the pleasure of sharing a stage with three brilliant and accomplished minds. We'll be talking about sustainability in theater and the performing arts. Who will be there?
Allen Herschkowitz of the NRDC, from his bio:
Allen Hershkowitz is a senior scientist for NRDC, joined the organization in 1988 and has coordinated prominent institutional greening initiatives, including the Academy Awards telecast, the GRAMMY Awards, "Broadway Goes Green," and the greening of Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and the United States Tennis Association....
He is the author of Bronx Ecology: A Blueprint for a New Environmentalism (Island Press, 2002). His other publications include Too Good To Throw Away: Recycling’s Proven Record (New York: NRDC, 1997),Garbage Management in Japan (New York: INFORM, 1987), Garbage Burning: Lessons from Europe (New York: INFORM, 1986), and Garbage: Practices, Problems and Remedies (New York: INFORM, 1988). He has also published many articles, and contributed essays to numerous books. His work has been the subject of numerous profiles and feature articles in The New Yorker and elsewhere.
Donyale Werle will be discussing scenic design a little about her:
- She is the Tony Award Winning Set Designer of Peter in the Starcatcher.
- She designed a set that still blows my mind for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
- For as brilliant as she is, she has an extraordinary ability to listen and be be open to new ideas.
- She's been a proponent of sustainable design for years.
Andrea Lauer will be discussing costume design, here's a little about her:
- Costume designer of Bring It On, American Idiot, and numerous other theatrical works.
- Her work in and out of theater proves her committment to reuse and sustainable production.
- She brilliant.
This event is meant to be more than a lecture, we're asking for the audience to come ready to chat, ready to bring questions, challenges and ideas to the table. If you're planning on coming email firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope I get to meet you there.