The CSPA Institute Gives artists the tools, knowledge, and inspiration to incorporate sustainable practice into their own as part of their professional training at an established academic institution. We are currently working with members of the CalArts School of Theater to develop curriculum that integrates sustainable practices into theater degree programs.
This partnership has lead to a number of course offerings and the integration of sustainability into the School of Theater’s production process.
The cornerstone that was laid for this partnership was a course taught by CSPA Executive Direcotr Ian Garrett and CalArts School of Theater Associate Dean Leslie Tamribuchi called Sustainable Theater, offered in the spring of 2008. The page for that course in the School of Theater’s source support wiki can be found here:
Since then we have developed a Sustainability Seminar and two more courses: Intorduction to Managament Technology and Advanced Management Technology, both taught by Ian Garrett. In a school so dedicated to experimental art and the itegration of new technologies into production, this course offers a more complete understanding of how to integrate technology into the infrastructure of production. These skills both lay the ground work for sustainable organizations and are address issues that are essential to decreasing material and energy waste in theater production.
The CSPA’s educationally efforts focus on open source learning, both in the sharing of information and the system’s which enable that sharing.