TCG has included climate change in our Conference and other event programming for many years. Most recently, at our last in-person National Conference in Miami before the world was plunged into a pandemic, we worked with a Conference Committee on Climate to curate a robust track of climate action programming and featured a renowned climate artist-activist, Xavier Cortada, as our first Conference Artist in Residence.
Since then, TCG has undergone a strategic planning process and emerged with a new mission: to lead for a just and thriving theatre ecology. With the toll our field has taken from a pandemic directly caused and worsened by extractive economies and human disregard for animal habitats, and with theatres everywhere sustaining increased damage and destruction from severe weather events, even as many are contending with unprecedented fiscal challenges – it is clear that we must reinforce our commitment to climate action and provide more resources for the field on environmental justice and sustainable practices of producing our art form. The theatre field cannot thrive on a finite planet, and theatre people cannot find justice with the persistence of environmental racism as a pillar of white supremacy. What’s more, there are imaginative opportunities that abound in climate justice-driven models of regenerative practices, decolonized movement-building, and renewable resources. TCG will explore these opportunities in partnership with organizations like Groundwater Arts and Broadway Green Alliance, who provide valuable knowledge and host discussions with theatre-makers everywhere on these very ideas, and we are committed to centering the leadership of Black and indigenous activists and thought leaders in this exploration.
Join us on Earth Day, April 22, 2021 for our inaugural Summit on Climate Action and Environmental Justice, and stay tuned for further information and offerings from TCG as we work toward bringing the field together around these critical issues.
Read more about TCG's upcoming Summit on Climate Action and Environmental Justice, here.