• 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.


Wow what an amazing week! It started out with the student playwrights, along with their teachers and peers, making their way over to The Bushwick Starr to watch the final plays live on stage. Everyone saw the hard work they had put in for three months transformed into a full-fledged production, and it was a … Continue reading

Week 14: TECH WEEK!

We can’t believe Big Green Theater is nearing the finish line! It was a week big week for our BGT cast and crew because it was tech week! This means that we spent lots of time making sure the light cues, sound cues, costumes, props, and set were perfect for our student playwrights to come … Continue reading


This week our BGT ensemble moved into the Main Stage theater space at The Bushwick Starr to continue rehearsals! We focused on going through staging for each show and ended the week with a run-through of the whole production. We also practiced our choreography for all the songs and blocked the transitions between plays. Did … Continue reading


Rehearsals have kicked off fast and furious for Big Green Theater this week. Our actors started the process by receiving a presentation on the material our student playwrights learned that inspired each of the plays. Then, they developed gestures to establish the environment and youthful energy of the shows. It’s been a busy week of … Continue reading


This was a bittersweet week for BGT. It was our last week in the classrooms at IS77 and PS75. The week began with the student playwrights incorporating the last few of their glows and grows and finessing small details in their plays. Then each school got to travel to The Bushwick Starr to hear our … Continue reading

Week 10: RE-WRITES

In our second to last week of BGT, our student playwrights focused on re-writes, re-writes, and more re-writes. Our songwriter, Wes, returned to help provide the students structure and more ideas for their songs. He sat down with each play to double check that their song was in the right spot. The students also focused … Continue reading


This week at BGT was SO much fun. The kids got to learn about theater designers (scenic, props, lighting, and costumes) and begin to imagine how their plays are going to take form on the stage. Each designer introduced what their job entails and how they enhance the story being told. Our playwrights were mesmerized … Continue reading


Another exciting week! We had our first songwriting workshop with BGT composer Wesley Zurick. Students identified the best moments in their plays for a character to break out into song. They decided the songs’ genres, and wrote lyrics and rhymes. Then Wes explored on a piano what each song might sound like, and gave students … Continue reading


This week local playwright Nissy Aya came out and talked with kids about the best strategies for re-writing plays. The kids read some of her work and focused on making sure conflict, setting and themes were clear to the audience. Then, our student playwrights jumped back into things, working on finessing and finishing their plays. … Continue reading


This was a BIG week for our BGT playwrights. It was finally time for the play selection! The playwrights wrote down the 4 plays they had worked on since beginning BGT and then narrowed it down to their top two favorites. Votes were cast, semi-finalists determined and eventually finalized to make for a 15 play … Continue reading