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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BIG GREEN THEATER 2016 is underway!

Our annual Big Green Theater program is back for its 6th 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 handy outline from our program director, Jeremy Pickard, about what the BGT students have been working on: 1. Our … Continue reading

Celebrating 5 years of BIG GREEN THEATER!

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/132856691″>BIG GREEN THEATER 5th Year Anniversary</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user5606077″>Sue Kessler</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p> <p>2015 marks the 5th anniversary year of The Bushwick Starr's BIG GREEN THEATER program. Each year, BGT continues to grow, and we were thrilled to make our biggest leap forward during this banner year by doubling the program: we now offer … Continue reading

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