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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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That’s a wrap! Celebrating another great year of BGT!

Aaaaand that’s a wrap! What a weekend. To start off, we had the students of PS 305 and PS 75 come to The Bushwick Starr to watch the fully realized performances of their plays! The feeling in the room was electric as these young playwrights got to see the fruits of their hard work being … Continue reading

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From the Stage:OPENING THE SHOW!

Our first audience is this Wednesday – it’s the final countdown!  This week we used green design methods to install homemade LED and solar-powered lighting. Our design team also upcycled materials to finalize set pieces and develop costumes. Run-throughs and tech are going swimmingly (just ask our fish characters!) and we can’t wait for the … Continue reading

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From the Stage: SET, PROPS, AND MUSIC!

Another productive and exciting week of Big Green Theater rehearsals at The Bushwick Starr! We continued blocking pieces from both PS 75 and PS 305, and started incorporating original songs written by the fourth graders! Composer Julia May Jonas, with help from song orchestrators Eben Hoffer and Wes Zurick, guided the cast in realizing the … Continue reading

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From the Stage: COMING TOGETHER!

Big Green Theater has moved into its next phase – we’re out of the classrooms and into The Bushwick Starr theater! This week was full of rehearsals for both the PS 75 and PS 305 productions. We began staging numbers and even got to hear first drafts of the songs by composer Julia May Jones.  … Continue reading

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From the Classroom: TO THE THEATER!

This was our last week in the classroom with the PS 305 and PS 75 students! We played some games, and then got cracking on finalizing the plays. Students worked in their groups to find solutions to questions posed by the teaching assistants about their drafts. They also gave each other critical feedback, so they … Continue reading

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From the Classroom: DESIGN!

This week at Big Green Theater, we were visited by wonderful wardrobe and scenic designers Preesa Bullington and Michael Minahan! With their guidance, the students learned how to think about creatively designing the scenic elements for their plays. The playwriting groups began to design scale models for their sets using arts and crafts materials. They … Continue reading

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From the Classroom: SONGWRITING!

This week was super exciting as we had a superstar guest teacher: playwright/composer Julia May Jonas! She taught us about songwriting for theater and gave the students a crash course in different styles (from Taylor Swift to Rent). The kids couldn’t help but laugh at the Ethel Merman samples – they’d never heard such a … Continue reading

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From the Classroom: STORIES THAT INSPIRE!

This week, we worked with the students to make a final selection of plays for our Big Green Theater performance in April. We guided discussion as the kids chose drafts that touched on all the various environmental issues we have learned about in the past couple of months – and we made sure they picked … Continue reading

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From outside the Classroom: EL PUENTE!

This week was spring break for NYC public schools, so we took the opportunity to work with some kids outside of the school system.  We partnered with El Puente, a Brooklyn-based “community human rights institution that promotes leadership for peace and justice”.  We spent the week learning about environmental issues and developing short plays together. … Continue reading

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From the Classroom: MARINE ECOLOGY!

This week at PS 305, we had a marine ecology expert visit the classroom! We learned the history of New York’s rivers and why they have changed so much (hint: it’s because of humans!). The students were excited to learn about the sturgeon fish – which evolved when dinosaurs still walked the Earth and can … Continue reading