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  • 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, 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.

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From the Classroom: HIGH STAKES!

As we get closer to the beginning of rehearsals, and the end of our time in the classroom, our student playwrights have been hard at work refining and redrafting their plays. As we go through this process, the lessons we learned from Chantal about making sure the characters are active and the plot stakes are … Continue reading

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From the Classroom: MAKING MUSIC!

Amidst the snow this week, our playwrights have been working diligently on their eco-plays. Composer/musician Nate Weida came in and helped us write songs for the plays. Using lyrics that the playwrights had written, they worked together with Nate to come up with the mood and the melody of all the songs. One group even … Continue reading

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From the Classroom: A lesson in rewriting

The students at PS 123 and PS 75 are diving back into their plays after a relaxing February break. This week we chose our favorite plays to keep working on for the Big Green Theater Festival in April. Chantal Bilodeau, a playwright who is currently working on a cycle of eight plays about how climate … Continue reading

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From the classroom: Sustainable Energy and peaceful thoughts

Despite the harsh winter weather, our BGT students have been keeping warm and busy in the classroom, learning from our amazing guest science experts and creating the eco-plays that will hit the stage this April at The Bushwick Starr.  Recently, the classroom was visited by energy expert, Zara L’Hereux, who is a researcher in the … Continue reading

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BGT 2015 has begun and is now offered in TWO schools!

Thanks to a very generous donation from the Reva & David Logan Foundation, we are thrilled to now be offering our annual Big Green Theater program at TWO different schools in our community: our founding school, PS123 and our new school PS075.  We are so gratified and excited to double the program this year, reaching … Continue reading

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Big thanks for BIG GREEN 2014!

The culminating performances of this year’s BIG GREEN THEATER program ran throughout this week to delighted and enthusiastic audiences of all ages. Each year keeps getting bigger, better, and greener! The student playwrights witnessed their shows brought to life on the stage, surrounded by their classmates and teachers cheering them on. When these eco-plays hit … Continue reading

Field Report #11: Tech

Our final dress rehearsal is tonight! Our set is built, costumes are worn, sound has been added, and lights have been programed. This year a lobby display is even being built. We are so excited for tomorrow’s school performances. Can’t wait to see you this weekend and share our playwright’s work with you.

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BGT performs THIS WEEKEND April 26 + 27!

The BGT shows are here! APRIL 26 + 27, SATURDAY + SUNDAY at 4pm: FREE! SATURDAY BENEFIT PERFORMANCE at 7pm: $18. Benefit ticket includes the show at 7pm, entry in our eco-raffle, plus after party with music and refreshments! Reserve tickets at: thebushwickstarr.org An annual eco-playwriting program and green theater festival celebrating environmental education, sustainability … Continue reading

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