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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 Stage: PERFORMANCE!

This past week, BGT sprung to life on the stage!  It all began with private performances for the schools, during which our young playwrights were able to bask in the glory of seeing their work come to fruition as their student peers and teachers cheered them on.  Next, we enjoyed a lively weekend of public … Continue reading

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From the Stage: TECH WEEK!

What a week it’s been! Tech rehearsals for both shows began this past weekend, which means that we are adding lights, sound, and costumes to the production. All of these elements give the actors exciting new things to work with. Even though a moment in the play may have been perfected with the actors alone, … Continue reading

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From the Stage: REPURPOSED THEATER!

Time has flown by, and we are already in our second week of rehearsals at the Starr for BGT!  These past two weeks have been jam-packed with read-throughs, rehearsals, and production meetings to orchestrate designs for the set, costumes, lights and sound. Because we had two schools writing plays this year, we also have two … Continue reading

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From the Classroom: FINAL DRAFTS!

After an awesome two and a half months together, our classroom sessions for BGT have come to a close. This week, both PS 123 and PS 75 came to the Starr to see the actors read the final drafts of their plays out loud. As they watched their plays come to life, the playwrights were … Continue reading

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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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