Partners + Supporters
The Big Green Theater program is supported by a loyal group of individual contributors, corporate sponsors, and local businesses. Major funding for the program is provided in part by:
Big Green Partners:
Superhero Clubhouse is a sustainable collective of theater artists and environmental advocates. We believe that individuals possess the power to make positive change, and consider those working for the betterment of the earth to be heroes of our time. We make original eco-plays via a collaborative, green and rigorous process. Through the creation of allegorical mythologies, experiments in storytelling and science-inspired events, we work to ignite environmental conversations among audiences and communities in order to revolutionize theater and save the world.
SHC is a true and equal partner in the Big Green Theater program. Each year, we collaborate with SHC’s “Captain”, Jeremy Pickard, and his troupe to develop and implement the kids’ writing program, as well as bringing their words to the stage by creating the culminating performance festival. SHC has years of experience in creating green theater with children as a means for environmental education. We are thrilled to have them lend their expertise and creativity to this program.
In the spring of 2010, we began a partnership with our local hydroponic farming guru, Lee Mandell, and his Bushwick-based organization, Boswyck Farms. Boswyck Farms began with the idea of bringing fresh food to the surrounding community. Over the last two years, they have expanded their vision of food production to include educational programs and workshops as well as a consultation service for hydroponic systems. We asked Lee to build a hydroponic system at our theater in exchange for free use of our large roof-deck space and some small amounts of electricity. What a deal! Now we have a beautiful, thriving, roof-top farm. Thanks to this partnership with Boswyck Farms, we are able to bring more awareness to our community about healthy and sustainable food practices. Every day, artists and audiences come through our theater and are able to visit the farm. It’s tangible, accessible, and hands-on, and therefore, a powerful reminder of the importance of working sustainability into our everyday lives. People can see it, walk right up to it, and if they’re lucky, Lee might be around to explain the beauty of hydroponics- and how easy staying healthy and green can be!
We are looking forward to a long relationship with Boswyck Farms, and plan to expand the farm to include a greenhouse and rainwater catch. Our goal is to turn the farm into a more prominent learning center for our community, and implement a regular schedule for open-house workshops and demonstrations.