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What is ecodramaturgy?

Ecodramaturgy is a critical framework for making and studying theatre. It encompasses environmental themes as sustainable producing practices. Una Chaudhuri and Theresa May write that humanist theatre asks, "who are we?" while ecological theatre asks "where are we?" Ecodrama seeks to break down binaries between nature and culture, hope and despair, the individual and the community.

Ecodramaturgy is an actively anti-racist, anti-sexist approach that centers gender inclusivity, accessibility, and Indigeneity. Applying a climate justice lens to the embodied practice of theatre making requires an intersectional approach to addressing the climate crisis, environmental racism, wealth inequality, and other forms of oppression.


Warming stripes depicting annual mean global temperatures from 1850-2018.
Source: Climate scientist Ed Hawkins, Climate Lab Book, University of Reading, U.K.

Ecodramaturgy courses, lectures, and public events

Writing Climate Change | Northwestern University (writing workshop/seminar)

Telling the Story of Climate Change | DePaul University Honors Program (interdisciplinary seminar)

Ecodrama on the Global Stage: Performance, Scenography, and Technology at the Prague Quadrennial (study abroad in the Czech Republic, upcoming)

Staging Climate Change | FLAME University, Pune, India (guest lecture)

Environmental Dramaturgy | LMDA Dramaturging the Phoenix (guest lecture)

Additional reading on the Anthropocene

Articles and Essays

Climate Anxiety Is an Overwhelmingly White Phenomenon by Sarah Jaquette Ray (climate change and white privilege)

Intersectional Environmentalist founded by Leah Thomas (intersectional approaches to environmentalism)

The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells (also the book by the same title)

Under the Weather by Ash Sanders (climate change and grief)

Decolonization is not a metaphor by Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang (decolonization scholarship)

The Pitfalls and Potentials of the New Minimalism by Jia Tolentino (climate change and minimalism)

Climate Signs by Emily Raboteau (climate change and conceptual art)

Elegy for a Country's Seasons by Zadie Smith (climate change and grief)


Emergent Strategies by adrienne maree brown

Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals by Alexis Pauline Gumbs

All We Can Save ed. by Elizabeth Ayanna Johnson and Katherine Wilson

Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Timefulness by Marcia Bjornerud

Second Body by Daisy Hildyard

We Are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer


How to Save a Planet (climate solutions podcast)

Dear Mother Nature by Pattie Gonia (performance art)

Rest by Frederick Kennedy (hybrid performance art)

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