Tue, May 18 at 7 p.m. | 60 minutes
| This Olio was designed by Think Olio Curatorial Fellow, Claire Moodey.
Olios: Drop-in classes led by professors
In this two-part Olio (May 18th & 19th) we will explore how theater, our most ancient artform, can be a vital tool for envisioning and modeling a regenerative society through collaborative creation. Together we will ask: what is our collective future, and how can theater help us get there?
*This two-part workshop will take place on back to back evenings May 18th and 19th from 7-8pm*
The climate crisis is not a singular issue to overcome but our new global reality, a slow warping of everything we count on as stable. Over the past decade we have seen an extraordinary increase in public awareness and engagement in climate justice, thanks to more widely accessible knowledge about the problem and robust movements led by BIPOC and youth activists. Meanwhile, we lack spaces for processing climate grief, imagining alternative futures, and nurturing the cultural skills we need to deconstruct dominant extractive systems and build a better world together.
Superhero Clubhouse is a 14-year-old eco-theater organization attempting to create those spaces. Their mission is to utilize the tools of theater to enact justice, cultivate hope, and inspire a thriving future. Their work over the last 14 years has examined altered ecosystems in New York City, produced plays by elementary public school students about the climate crisis, and cultivated new forms of collaboration across many disciplines, backgrounds, and communities centered on environmental justice.
In this two-part Olio we will explore how theater, our most ancient artform, can be a vital tool for envisioning and modeling a regenerative society through collaborative creation. In Part 1 (May 18th) we will look at three different projects of Superhero Clubhouse as examples of how theater can meet our new climate reality through form, content, and process. In Part 2 (May 19th) participants will practice the ideas of eco-theater by creating their own work, guided by the frameworks of Superhero Clubhouse. In both parts, we will define eco-theater as holistic, collaborative, complex, and hopeful. This Olio is for curious people of all sorts, including and especially those without theater-making experience. Together we will ask: what is our collective future, and how can theater help us get there?
*The Artwork for this Olio was done by Alisa Singer, Founder of Environmental Graphiti. Alisa believes climate change to be the most critical challenge facing our world, and sought to find a way to use her art to further efforts to bring awareness to the issue. Each of her artworks is derived from a graph, chart, word or number representing a key fact about climate science. Please visit environmentalgraphiti.org to learn and see more.*
Zoom link will be sent upon signup.
This Olio was designed by Think Olio Curatorial Fellow, Claire Moodey.