Conscient Podcast: e76 kim richards – seeding a green new theatre in canada

e76 kim richards – seeding a green new theatre in canada is my conversation with Dr. Kim Richards about the role of theatre in the climate emergency. With excerpts from e44 bilodeau, e59 pearl and e36 fanconi. Dr. Richards is currently a post-doctoral fellow in public energy humanities at the University of Alberta and is building an open-access video archive of performance-based strategies to promote a just energy transition. Kim recently co-edited an issue of Canadian Theatre Review on “Extractivism and Performance” (April 2020). This conversation took place during a soundwalk around Trout Lake Park in Vancouver on Monday, November 1, 2021. Note: to access Dr. Richards’ writings contact her at: and for information on her work see
e76 kim richards - seeding a green new theatre in canada est ma conversation avec le Dr Kim Richards sur le rôle du théâtre dans l'urgence climatique. Avec des extraits de e44 bilodeau, e59 pearl and e36 fanconi. Dr. Richards est présentement boursière postdoctorale en sciences humaines de l'énergie publique à l'Université de l'Alberta et elle constitue des archives vidéo en libre accès sur les stratégies fondées sur la performance pour promouvoir une transition énergétique juste. Kim a récemment coédité un numéro de Canadian Theatre Review on “Extractivism and Performance” (April 2020). Cette conversation a eu lieu lors d'une promenade sonore autour du parc Trout Lake à Vancouver le lundi 1er novembre 2021. Remarque : pour accéder aux écrits du Dr. Richards, contactez-la à l'adresse suivante : et pour en savoir plus sur son travail voir


I wrote an article called Seeding a Green New Theatre in Canada that is drawing on a lot of principles of conversations happening around a green new deal in the United States and elsewhere, as well as other kinds of social justice movements happening on both sides of the border and thinking through what’s the kind of theatre and what are the plays that already existed in Canadian theatre history and what are more of the kinds of stories that we need to be telling and sharing and how to think about the transition that we’re facing socially from a justice perspective that really advances and brings forward the impact of the existing system by racialized communities, low income communities, the people who work within the energy or extractive development sector. There are a number of really quite remarkable pieces of work, many of which hadn’t been produced a whole lot of times that addressed those issues.

Tree in Trout Lake Park, Vancouver,. that we listened to while on our soundwalk



J’ai écrit un article intitulé Seeding a Green New Theatre in Canada qui s’inspire de nombreux principes des conversations qui se déroulent autour d’une nouvelle donne verte aux États-Unis et ailleurs, ainsi que d’autres types de mouvements de justice sociale qui se déroulent des deux côtés de la frontière et qui réfléchissent au type de théâtre et aux pièces qui existaient déjà dans l’histoire du théâtre canadien et aux autres types d’histoires que nous devons raconter et partager et à la façon de penser à la transition à laquelle nous sommes confrontés socialement dans une perspective de justice qui fait vraiment avancer et mettre en avant l’impact du système existant sur les communautés racialisées, les communautés à faible revenu, les personnes qui travaillent dans le secteur de l’énergie ou du développement extractif. Il y a un certain nombre de travaux vraiment remarquables, dont beaucoup n’avaient pas été produits beaucoup de fois, qui abordent ces questions.

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About the Concient Podcast from Claude Schryer

The conscient podcast / balado conscient is a series of conversations about art, conscience and the ecological crisis. This podcast is bilingual (in either English or French). The language of the guest determines the language of the podcast. Episode notes are translated but not individual interviews.

I started the conscient project in 2020 as a personal learning journey and knowledge sharing exercise. It has been rewarding, and sometimes surprising.

The term ‘conscient’ is defined as ‘being aware of one’s surroundings, thoughts and motivations’. My touchstone for the podcast is episode 1, e01 terrified, based on an essay I wrote in May 2019, where I share my anxiety about the climate crisis and my belief that arts and culture can play a critical role in raising public awareness about environmental issues. The conscient podcast / balado conscient follows up on my (2016–2019) project: 175, 3-minute audio and video field recordings that explore mindful listening.

Season 1 (May to October 2020) explored how the arts contribute to environmental awareness and action. I produced 3 episodes in French and 15 in English. The episodes cover a wide range of content, including activism, impact measurement, gaming, arts funding, cross-sectoral collaborations, social justice, artistic practices, etc. Episodes 8 to 17 were recorded while I was at the Creative Climate Leadership USA course in Arizona in March 2020 (led by Julie’s Bicycle). Episode 18 is a compilation of highlights from these conversations.

Season 2 (March 2021 – ) explores the concept of reality and is about accepting reality, working through ecological grief and charting a path forward. The first episode of season 2 (e19 reality) mixes quotations from 28 authors with field recordings from simplesoundscapes and from my 1998 soundscape composition, Au dernier vivant les biens. One of my findings from this episode is that ‘I now see, and more importantly, I now feel in my bones, ‘the state of things as they actually exist’, without social filters or unsustainable stories blocking the way’. e19 reality touches upon 7 topics: our perception of reality, the possibility of human extinction, ecological anxiety and ecological grief, hope, arts, storytelling and the wisdom of indigenous cultures. The rest of season 2 features interviews with thought leaders about their responses and reactions to e19 reality.

my professional services

I’ve been retired from the Canada Council for the Arts since September 15, 2020 where I served as a senior strategic advisor in arts granting (2016-2020) and manager of the Inter-Arts Office (1999-2015). My focus in (quasi) retirement is environmental issues within my area of expertise in arts and culture, in particular in acoustic ecology. I’m open to become involved in projects that align with my values and that move forward environmental concerns. Feel free to email me for a conversation :

acknowledgement of eco-responsibility

I acknowledge that the production of the conscient podcast / balado conscient produces carbon. I try to minimize this carbon footprint by being as efficient as possible, including using GreenGeeks as my web server and acquiring carbon offsets for my equipment and travel activities from BullFrog Power and Less.

a word about privilege and bias

While recording episode 19 ‘reality’, I heard elements of ‘privilege’ in my voice that I had not noticed before. It sounded a bit like ‘ecological mansplaining’. I realize that, in spite of good intentions, I need to work my way through issues of privilege (of all kinds) and unconscious bias the way I did through ecological anxiety and grief during the fall of 2020. My re-education is ongoing.

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