Open Call: Designs for Climate Change Theatre

Featue Image: CCTA with Box Collective

The CLIMATE CHANGE THEATRE ACTION (CCTA) was a series of worldwide readings and performances intended to bring awareness to, and foster discussion around, climate change in November and December of 2015. This action was organized in support of the United Nations 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21). We are looking to extend the impact of this project by following it up with a conceptual design charette towards publishing a conceptual design spread for each of the plays included in the original CCTA.

CCTA at Pomona College

CCTA at Pomona College

We seek conceptual renderings, drafting, sketches, collages, and visual development work in response to the plays in the CCTA. Selected submissions will be included in a published, hardcopy, volume from the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts (CSPA). Each design will receive a full colour tabloid sized (11″x17″) spread in the published document. Set, costume, lighting, media, video, and projection designers and design teams are encouraged to submit ideas for consideration by the curators of the CCTA and associates of the CSPA. Sound and aural designs are welcome and will be included in a possible companion CD or hosted on a dedicated sub-site of the CSPA for this project. Designers and design teams may submit as many concept proposals as they’d like, but only one concept will be selected for each of the shows.

To apply, please follow this link to submit a short (100 – 250 word) concept statement highlighting your thematic and aesthetic approach, as well as how your design itself connects to sustainability in it’s proposed form and a link to previous work by March 30th, 2016. 

CCTA at Reed College

CCTA at Reed College

We will make a determination on the inclusions of the designer for each of the short plays April 30th, 2016. We will then work with each of the designers whose concepts have been accepted  to complete the published volume in Summer 2016.

Each designer included in the the published volume will receive a hardcopy of the finished publication and a one year subscription to the CSPA.

CCTA at the People Hood

CCTA at the People Hood

The CCTA was modelled on previous NoPassport theatre actions focused on gun control and the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill. CCTA draws on the expertise and resources of local artists, while being global in scope and uniting multiple countries and culture around a common issue.

The CCTA consists of a collection of 1-5 minute plays, songs and poems by writers from all six livable continents, curated by Caridad Svich, Chantal Bilodeau and Elaine Avila. Over 100 collaborators from more than 20 countries hosted events ranging from informal readings in classrooms to day-long festivals, from radio programs and film adaptations to site-specific performances at the foot of glaciers. Events were registered with ArtCOP21 and, when technically possible, livestreamed on HowlRound TV.

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