• 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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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


This week our fifth and sixth graders faced some tough questions that trouble many skilled policy makers and community leaders today. How can we make our community better? How can we create a fair, sustainable community that allows for the opportunities of growth and the optimism needed for resiliency? We were visited by Nilda Mesa, … Continue reading


This week we were visited by Urban Park Ranger Erinn White who taught us about our non-human neighbors and how they make their homes in a city built for humans. We pet real deer hides and hawk talons, played a game to understand how birds lose their homes to human development, and learned about some … Continue reading


This week we rode the Staten Island ferry across our historic, polluted harbor for a field trip. We met Tanasia Swift from the Billion Oyster Project who taught us about our sewer system, threats to our waterways, and the promise of filter-feeding oysters. Then we visited the home and studio of eco-artist Tattfoo Tan who … Continue reading


The week began with a presentation by Markeya Thomas from Climate Nexus, who taught us about hurricanes; in particular, the recent storms that devastated Houston and Puerto Rico. We learned about how global warming makes hurricanes stronger, and how disasters make social and racial injustices more pronounced. Half of Puerto Rico remains without power! The … Continue reading


BGT 8.0 has begun! It’s our fourth year at PS75, and we’re so glad to maintain the relationship. Many of our new fifth-grade playwrights saw the 2017 production, so they came in hungry to write. We’re also hosting BGT at IS77, a middle school in Ridgewood. It’s our first time working with sixth graders– an … Continue reading