BGT group
  • BIG GREEN THEATER (BGT) is an annual eco-playwriting program and green theater festival celebrating environmental education, sustainability in the arts, and community enrichment.

    For a 4 month period every year, The Bushwick Starr theater works with a group of 5th grade students at Bushwick's PS 123, teaching a combination of playwriting and environmental education. Our program partner, Jeremy Pickard of Brooklyn based eco-theater collective Superhero Clubhouse, leads this group of young writers in creating original eco-plays, which are then presented at The Bushwick Starr's Big Green Theater Festival every April. The plays are performed by an ensemble of theater professionals using only green theater methods.

    The Bushwick Starr is committed to providing community environmental awareness, as well as creative after-school arts programs. BGT is our way of actively working toward change through a creative and interactive process.

    Please read more about BGT on our "About the Program" page.

BGT group

Field Report #9: Design Workshops with Jay Maury, Michael Minahan, Preesa Adeline Bullington, Sarah Hughes, and Harry Poster

Our playwrights have been hard at work learning the ins and outs of design from our designers! We have had workshops lead by Harry Poster (BGT Stage Manger/Production Manager) Michael Minahan, Preesa Adeline Bullington (Sets/Costumes), Sarah Huges (Sound Designer) Jay Maury (BGT lighting designer & Starr’s TD)


Field Report #5: First Drafts

This week we read the first drafts of our playwright’s plays! We can’t wait to pick which ones will be performed at the 4th Annual The Big Green Theater Festival April 26-27!


Field Report #4: Lauren Norman, actor & ocean activist (oysters)

Check out our playwrights enjoying their last eco-expert workshop with Lauren Norman who is an actor & ocean activist.


Field Report #3: Hydroponic Farms

Big Green Theater visits the hydroponic farm with Lee Mandell who is the founder of Boswyck Farms. To find out more:

Check our playwrights with Dr. Katherine Alfredo and Dr. Tess Russo. The kids made homemade water filters (that's what they're holding), based on a real engineer's process and limitations.

Field Report #2: Meet the 2014 Playwrights, Eco-experts and Guest Artists

Meet our Playwrights: Jordan Lopez Mariana Castro Jessica Rueda Leslie Rivera Jeremiah Maldonado Emilio Santos Christopher Cruz Ximena Ramos Jefferson Squisili Isis Saninocencio Joseline Lima Meet our Eco-experts: Katherine Alfredo & Tess Russo from Columbia University’s Water Center (world water crisis and solutions) Lee Mandell & Chloe Bass from Boswyck Farms (urban/hydroponic farming) Jennifer Jacquet from NYU’s … Continue reading


Field Report #1: An introduction to Big Green Theater 2014!

The Bushwick Starr and Superhero Clubhouse are thrilled to be commencing our 4th annual Big Green Theater program with PS 123!  BGT is a beloved after school eco-playwriting program and green theater festival celebrating environmental education, sustainability in the arts, and community enrichment.  Original plays written by Bushwick’s PS 123 5th grade students are performed by … Continue reading


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