GREEN DESIGN

This week we had a design workshop with BGT green designers Michael Minahan & Preesa Adeline Bullington. Students imagined what a moment from their plays might look like onstage, then built shoebox-sized models of sets and drew costume renderings. The workshop was inspiring for the rest of the week’s writing, as we completed first drafts of … Continue reading

REWRITING & SONGWRITING

This week, we began the rewriting process with the plays we’d selected last week. We worked in teams, with teachers, and individually to revisit our climate change related themes and how they played in each piece. Already, we’re seeing minor characters develop into major characters and are discovering unexpected plot twists! We were also visited … Continue reading

PLAY SELECTION

After taking a break last week for the winter vacation, we kicked off Part 2 of our classroom sessions by choosing the plays we will rewrite and ultimately see produced at The Bushwick Starr in April! Each student chose their favorites from the six different rough drafts they wrote in Part 1. By the end … Continue reading

WATER AND WEEDS

What an exciting and jam-packed week of BGT! On Wednesday we went on a field trip to the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. We learned about the reservoirs in the Catskill Mountains where NYC gets its water, built models of a watershed, and took a tour of the plant including the great Digester … Continue reading

CLIMATE JUSTICE

This week, we were visited by Anna Orozco who works at Uprose – a grassroots organization dedicated to environmental sustainability and environmental justice. We began our time with Anna by making a “spider web”  out of string to illustrate how catastrophic climate events make it difficult for the earth to sustain itself. A student in … Continue reading

BEACH LIFE

This week we were visited by coastal marine ecologist and dance extraordinaire, Jame McCray. McCray is a PH.D. candidate working to study the effects of human development on beach life – particularly, it’s devastating impact on sea turtle populations. She is also an avid salsa dancer. McCray gave a presentation on current threats to coastal … Continue reading

BIG GREEN THEATER 2017 HAS BEGUN!

Our annual Big Green Theater program is back for its 7th year, and we are thrilled to start reporting on our classroom sessions, which have been underway since January at two Bushwick public schools. Here’s a recap from our program director, Jeremy Pickard, about what the BGT students have been working on: “Life’s hard for … Continue reading

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

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

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