The 2nd Annual BIG GREEN THEATER Festival
Big Green Theater (BGT) is an annual community based program that brings the youth of Bushwick directly in touch with the professional world of theater. For a four month period every year, The Bushwick Starr works with a group of 5th grade students after school, teaching them a combination of playwriting and environmental education. This in-classroom portion of our program is lead by Jeremy Pickard of Brooklyn based eco-theater collective, Superhero Clubhouse. This year, we partnered with Bushwick's PS123 5th grade class; a wonderful and lively group of 10-11 year-olds, who wrote the original environmentally themed plays that are being performed at the BGT Festival! These plays are being performed by an ensemble of professional actors, directors, and designers using only green theater methods.
Our performance venue serves the neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn- a vibrant and diverse community that is currently lacking in environmental education. Our theater is committed to being a part of community environmental awareness, and this program is our way of actively working toward change through a creative and interactive process. With BGT, we are introducing a new model for arts spaces to provide community-driven green initiatives that serve a global cause.
Production + Stage Manager:
Maria Portman Kelly*
Lighting and Sound design:
PLAYS WRITTEN BY
5th grade students, age 10-11:
Flako Jimenez, Tina Mitchell, Katey Parker, Sam Traylor, Monica Santana, and Danny Gardner*
The BGT writing program took place at PS123 in Bushwick, lead by Teaching Artist Jeremy Pickard and supervised by 3rd grade teacher, Lauren Fahey
*Equity approved Showcase. Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.
**This production was created using only green theater methods (recycled materials for sets and costumes, fluorescent and LED lighting, paperless programming and ticketing, etc.).
The Bushwick Starr (View)
207 Starr Steet
Brooklyn, NY 11237