Ian Garrett

Registration is now open for the 2024 ARTS & CLIMATE INCUBATOR

Registration is now open for the 2024 ARTS & CLIMATE INCUBATOR, taking place June 10-14 in New York City! The Incubator is a 5-day intensive for artists, activists, scientists, students, and educators who want to engage or further their engagement with climate change through artistic practices. Part think tank, part workshop, it brings together 15 to 20 participants of all ages and backgrounds to investigate the potential of the arts in creating a more just and regenerative future. This year’s Incubator is offered in partnership with the Climate Imaginarium. A few scholarships are available to full-time university students.

More info: https://artsandclimate.org/incubator-nyc-2024

International Seminar Modes of Production: Performing Arts and the Ecological Transition

Modes of Production – Performing Arts in Transition is a Research & Development platform that intercrosses the field of artistic studies with the hybrid field of arts management and creative production.
Based at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of the University of Coimbra (CEIS20-UC), it is the result of a partnership with the Artistic Studies Programme at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Post-Graduate Diploma in Cultural Management and Sustainability and the Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente (TAGV-UC). Its initiatives and studies are carried out in permanent and updated articulation with practitioners and institutions in the arts and cultural sector. It analyses the modes of production and management models of arts and cultural projects and organizations in the face of several contemporary transformations, namely those that are raised by the demands of fair practices and social and environmental sustainability. It hosts the scientific FCT-funded GREENARTS project, which pays attention to the implications of the ecological imperative upon the arts and culture.

After an encouraging launch in the end of 2021 – which resulted in an edited volume soon to be published by transcript – we are now organizing a second International Seminar, this time a face-to-face meeting in Coimbra: one and a half days with presentations, debates and performances. Modes of Production – Performing Arts and the Ecological Transition signals the culmination of the GREENARTS project and will thus present its main results and host a series of discussions fully dedicated to the critical junction between the arts, cultural policy, and the ecological emergency. Modes of Production – Performing Arts and the Ecological Transition will reflect and debate these issues, paying attention to formats, materials, processes, contexts and decisions. Proposals for communications will be subject to peer-review before selection and organized in two strands: 

  1. Artistic Practices, Ecodramaturgy and Ecocriticism; and
  2. Arts Management and Cultural Policies for Sustainability.


In-person oral presentation on one of the strands:

  • Artistic Practices, Ecodramaturgy and Ecocriticism; and
  • Arts Management and Cultural Policies for Sustainability (20 minutes max).

Abstract submission

Abstracts should be no more than 500 words (excluding references). Please include:

  • Title;
  • Keywords (up to 5);
  • References;
  • Indication of the selected strand (A or B);
  • Name/Affiliation/Contact details;
  • Short bio (100 words) for all authors.

Submit your proposal as a Word document or PDF to modesofproduction@uc.pt by 25 March 2024.

English is the only accepted language.

All proposals will receive a response by 30 April 2024.

For inquiries or additional information, please visit our website. Further information on registration, programme and fees will be provided shortly.


Self as Universe: Mending Our Collective Ecosystem Residencies at A Studio in the Woods

The climate crisis is an urgent global concern. Self as Universe: Mending Our Collective Ecosystem Residencies at A Studio in the Woods invite artists to explore the connections within our collective ecosystems and use the power of imagination to heal the wounds in the relationship between ourselves and our communities. Southeast Louisiana’s land and inhabitants are continually scarred by the effects of environmental degradation. These injuries – the historical to the present – affect our bodies, families, communities, and cultures, as well as the land and its other creatures.  We encourage artists to guide our collective response as the caretakers and caregivers to our universe while bringing wisdom, integrity, optimism, and even humor to intentional and timely projects seeking transformation for our species and planet.

We are open to artists of all disciplines who have demonstrated an established dialogue with environmental and cultural issues. We ask artists to describe in detail how our unique region will affect their work, propose a public component to their residency, and suggest ways how they will engage with the local community.

See full information and application here: http://www.astudiointhewoods.org/apply-for-self-as-universe-mending-our-collective-ecosystems-residencies/

Ecoscenography as Design Practice: A Roundtable Conversation – April 5th

The UN has named this the Decade of Action, our last chance to create the transformation to a livable future. What does it mean to align our design practices with a 1.5 degree Celsius global temperature rise? This event focuses on the aesthetics of climate-friendly sustainable design in theatre, as a core design practice, and as part of a larger equitable green recovery. Join the teams from the Sustainable Production Toolkit, and the Canada Council for Arts funded “Old Dogs, New Tricks” project to explore strategies for engaging with sustainable design between PACT Theatres and ADC Designers to discuss how the field is changing, needs to change, and how you can participate in those changes.

Amplifying Practice Workshop Series

The Associated Designers of Canada (ADC) is providing a comprehensive and wide-ranging program of online workshops and conversations designed for live performance designers to amplify their practice. Workshops will roll out from November 2022 through March 2023, and are open to everyone.

Both members and non-members can attend free of charge.
Advance registration is required as spaces are limited.


Apr 05 2023


 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm EDT



About Our Facilitators

Ken Mackenzie is a set, lighting and costume designer based between Saskatoon, SK and Toronto ON. He has been a resident artist at Soulpepper Theatre Company since 2011 and has occasionally found himself onstage as an actor there. Ken is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan in the department of Drama and has been the President of the Associated Designers of Canada.

Edward T. Morris is a set and projection designer and sustainability advocate. Along with Elizabeth Mak, Lauran Gaston, Sandra Goldmark and Michael Banta he’s a co-author of the Sustainable Production Toolkit. Edward is a member of United Scenic Artists Local #829, Wingspace Theatrical Design, and United Auto Workers local 8092. He teaches design and dramaturgy at The New School in New York City. He has long been a participant in initiatives by the Broadway Green Alliance and incorporates sustainable practices into most of his designs. www.edwardtmorris.com

Ian Garrett is a designer, producer, educator, and researcher in the field of sustainability in arts and culture. He is producer for Toasterlab, a mixed reality performance collective. He is the director of the Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts and Associate Professor of Ecological Design for Performance at York University, where he is Graduate Program Director for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies. He serves on the board of the ADC and IATSE ADC659 as a proud founding member and labour advocate for emerging designers. He maintains a design practice focused on ecology, accessible technologies and scenography. ianpgarrett.com / toasterlab.com / sustainablepractice.org

Lauren Gaston is a costume designer and artisan working in theater and TV. Some of her recent and current credits include working as the head Craftsperson/Milliner on season 1 of Fallout, assistant designing at The Metropolitan Opera and serving on the Steering Committee of the Broadway Green Alliance. She is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local #829 and Theatrical Wardrobe Union Local 764 IATSE.

Michelle Tracey is a scenographer based in Tkaronto working mostly in theatre and opera. She is a founding member of Triga Creative, a collective of designers committed to exploring ecoscenography and sustainable working models. Michelle is also a trained wardrobe technician and has constructed costumes for numerous professional productions. www.michelletraceydesign.com

Sustainability in Lighting Design

Join Ian Garrett as he explores environmental sustainability in lighting design. This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the principles and techniques involved in creating efficient and sustainable lighting designs. We will discuss the types of lighting, the potential impacts of lighting on the environment, and the importance of energy efficiency. We will also provide practical advice on how to reduce energy costs and improve the environmental performance of lighting without compromising artistic integrity.

Joignez-vous à Ian Garrett alors qu’il explore la durabilité environnementale dans la conception d’éclairage. Cet atelier permettra aux participants de comprendre les principes et les techniques impliqués dans la création de conceptions d’éclairage efficaces et durables. Nous discuterons des types d’éclairage, des impacts potentiels de l’éclairage sur l’environnement et de l’importance de l’efficacité énergétique. Nous fournirons également des conseils pratiques sur la façon de réduire les coûts énergétiques et d’améliorer la performance environnementale de l’éclairage sans compromettre l’intégrité artistique.

There will be live English to French translation throughout.

La traduction simultanée de l’anglais vers le français sera disponible tout au long de l’événement.

Require any accessibility accommodations? Email gift@sustainablepractice.org before March 22nd, 2023 and we will be happy to accommodate you!

Il nous fera plaisir de vous offrir un soutien supplémentaire sur demande pour assurer l’accessibilité de l’événement. N’hésitez pas à contacter gift@sustainablepractice.org à cet effet avant le 22 mars 2023.

This event is made possible by the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Cet événement est rendu possible grâce à l’appui de Patrimoine Canada et du Conseil des arts du Canada.

Project Assistant for the Department of Utopian Arts & Letters

The CSPA Department of Utopian Arts and Letters (DUAL) is a project of the Centre for Sustainable Arts. It is a project of public dreaming born out of desires for decolonization, climate justice, and collective liberation. It envisions Plural Utopias Of the Future (PUOF), each imagined through the radical thinking of diverse artists. DUAL operates within, across, and beyond official governmental and academic departments to empower us with visions of the future to work towards and the necessary “curricula” to dismantle the systems that stand in our way. It offers a free, public education for thriving futures designed by community expert artist “faculty” and organized by counterpart “librarians.”

This Project Assistant will provide administrative and organizational services and support to the Department of Utopian Arts and Letters (DUAL) Project and editorial support for CSPA Publications including DUAL, the CSPA Quarterly and CSPA Reports. In this role, you will work independently utilizing business knowledge, experience, copy, and administrative expertise to deliver value and support the contributions of the DUAL Project and CSPA leadership Team(s). This role is privy to senior leadership matters, communications, correspondence, documents, and decision items and is required to exercise a high level of confidentiality, discretion, diplomacy, and sound judgment.

Project Assistant Job Responsibilities:

  • Provides administrative and editorial support to ensure efficient operation of CSPA Projects.
  • Maintain the CSPA filing system on Google Drive.
  • Support and provide moderation on Mighty Networks learning platform for DUAL program.
  • Coordinate deliverables with artist contributors, graphic designer, and media production contractors.
  • Work alongside DUAL project librarian and CSPA editors to plan, implement, and manage publication schedules.
  • Proofreading manuscripts to identify any grammatical and spelling errors, and ensure accuracy and consistency in citations.
  • Assist with budget preparation and expense tracking.
  • Assist with the creation of reports and presentations, transcription of minutes from meetings.

Qualifications for Project Assistant

  • Prior administrative experience with clerical, secretarial, or office work in a non-profit arts environment
  • Prior experience and interest in environmental issues in the arts.
  • Proficient computer skills, including Google Suite and Slack
  • Ability to cultivate additional computer skills quickly, in particular Mighty Networks community learning platform.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • High degree of attention to detail
  • Data entry experience

Critical Stages/Scènes critiques: On Theatre and Ecology at Critical Junctions featuring many CSPA Contributors online now!

The initiative for this Special Issue of Critical Stages / Scènes critiques arises from our shared and sustained interest in the interdisciplinary, and, indeed, transdisciplinary Environmental Humanities that we have always perceived as a particularly compelling and dynamic site within which to formulate and locate our work. It is difficult to conceptualise how this might not be the case for socially-engaged scholarship and active citizenship, as the world is experiencing a climate crisis of extraordinary, and, indeed, dramatic – in all possible senses of the word – scale and iteration.

Vicky Angelaki and Elizabeth Sakellaridou, Editors for The IATC journal/Revue de l’AICT – December/Décembre 2022: Issue No 26

The latest edition of Critical Stages / Scènes critiques explores the intersection of ecology and theatre. Within this edition, you’ll find contributions from CSPA Staff and many friends of the CSPA!

Table of Contents of this Edition

Editorial Note: Transforming (Im)Possibilities to Realities / Note éditoriale : Transformer les (im)possibilités en réalités
Savas Patsalidis, Editor-in-Chief

Special Topic

On Theatre and Ecology at Critical Junctions

Guest Editors: Vicky Angelaki and Elizabeth Sakellaridou (Greece)


Editor: Yana Meerzon (Canada)

National Reports

Editor: Savas Patsalidis (Greece)


Editor: Savas Patsalidis (Greece)

Performance Reviews

Editor: Matti Linnavuori (Finland)

Book Reviews

Editor: Don Rubin (Canada)


Editor: Critical Stages/Scènes critiques

Focus: Ukraine

Editor: Critical Stages/Scènes critiques

CSPA Related Contributions

Global Networked Ecoscneography: Creating Sustainable Worlds for Theatre Though International Collaboration.
  • CSPA Director Ian Garrett is co-author with collaborators Tessa Rixon and Tanja Beer
By Tessa Rixon*Ian Garrett**Tanja Beer***

“Mundane” Performance: Theatre Outdoors and Earthly Pleasures
  • Rising CSPA Quarterly Editor Evelyn O’Malley is co-author with collaborators Cathy turner and Giselle Garcia on
by Evelyn O’Malley*Cathy Turner**Giselle Garcia***

Ecodramaturgy and the Genesis of the EMOS Ecodrama Festival
  • Friend of the CSPA, Theresa J. May
Theresa May*

Town Hall
  • Friend of the CSPA and Co-founder of the Climate Change Theatre Action Caridad Svich
Caridad Svich*

About the Editors

*Vicky Angelaki is Professor in English Literature at Mid Sweden University (Department of Humanities and Social Sciences). She was previously based in the United Kingdom, where she held full-time, permanent roles at Birmingham City University; University of Birmingham; University of Reading. Major publications include the monographs Martin Crimp’s Power Plays: Intertextuality, Sexuality, Desire (2022); Theatre & Environment (2019); Social and Political Theatre in 21st-Century Britain: Staging Crisis (2017); The Plays of Martin Crimp: Making Theatre Strange (2012) and the edited collection Contemporary British Theatre: Breaking New Ground (2013; 2016). She co-edits the series Adaptation in Theatre and Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, with Kara Reilly). She is currently completing the research project Performing Interspaces: Social Fluidities in Contemporary Theatre, funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (Sweden). The project will result in an Open Access monograph, contracted with Palgrave Macmillan/Springer. 

**Elizabeth Sakellaridou is Professor Emerita of Theatre Studies at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She has taught and lectured widely on contemporary theatre in various academic institutions in Greece, elsewhere in Europe, and in the USA. She has published on contemporary British and European theatre, classical and modern Greek theatre, performance theory, cultural and gender studies, and, more recently, the hybrid space of performance phenomenology. Her publications include Pinter’s Female PortraitsContemporary Women’s Theatre (in Greek); Theatre, Aesthetics, Politics (in Greek); and numerous articles and chapters published in international journals and collected volumes respectively. She is also a critic, dramaturg and translator of dramatic works from English into Greek and vice versa.

Arts Club Incubator Series: Arts, Culture and Climate Action

This panel was hosted by Arts Club Theatre curated by The Only Animal Core Artist Kendra Fanconi, about different perspectives on the role of the artist in the climate crisis, with Coast Salish theatre and dance artist Tasha Faye Evans, Latinx climate playwright Elaine Avila, Metcalf scholar on art and sustainability David Maggs, and Japanese-American climate-performance artist Miwa Matreyek.

This panel was hosted by Arts Club Theatre was done in partnership with the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts.

APASQ – And After/Et Après Conversations at World Stage Design 2022

These 10:00 am conversations during World Stage Design 2022 are a part of APASQ’s continuing exhibition recording industry professionals at international conferences. On the days of the recordings these conversations will be presented at World Stage Design (WSD) as a Cvent. There will also include bonus information at the end of the interviews informing WSD participants about select Ecoscenography events that will be taking place on that given day.

You can watch it live and chat here: https://vimeo.com/event/2339485 or return to this page daily for that day’s conversation.

Conversation Schedule

August 8August 9August 10August 11August 12
QuébecMarianne LavoieMarie-Renée Bourget HarveyPatrice Charbonneau BrunelleÉmilie RacineLinda Brunel
InternationalTanja BeerMona KastellVespa LaineJanis HartIngvill Fossheim

Apply now for Creative Climate Leadership Canada Aug 1-5, 2022

We are happy to announce that the CSPA has partnered with Julie’s Bicycle (JB) to host for the first time in Canada the Creative Climate Leadership (CCL) program, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.  Since 2017, JB along with multiple partners have been offering intensive training opportunities to creative leaders from the arts and culture sector to deepen their understanding and commitment to climate justice and the ecological crisis. The immersive course will take place at the Barrier Lake Field Station in Kananaskis, Alberta area adjacent to Banff National Park on the traditional territory of the Stoney Nakoda in the foothill of the Rockies, from August 1st to 5th, and is open to artists, curators, creative and cultural professionals and policy-makers that work and live across Canada. This CCL will be delivered in English. Please reach out to us if you would like to be notified of future CCL versions in French.

Application deadline: June 19th, 2022

We will notify successful candidates that they have been selected for participation by June 28, 2022

About the Creative Climate Leadership training course

CCL Canada, hosted near Banff, Alberta, will offer training for 24 individuals. Participants will learn, discuss and reflect on the topics of the climate crisis, climate justice, resilience and wellbeing, climate communication, and creative leadership for climate action, and will develop personal and professional tools and strategies to bring climate and ecological action to the center of their practices and organizations. The five-day intensive course enables participants to apply environmental frameworks and targets meaningfully to their work, and explore what leadership means in the context of a rapidly changing world.

For more information on the program or to check out some CCL alumni stories, visit https://www.creativeclimateleadership.com/ 


The CCL is for artists from any form of art and practice or for other creative workers such as administrators, producers or policymakers, among others, who live and work in Canada. Don’t hesitate to apply if you are passionate and want to explore how to use your creative talents in service to the ecological crisis and climate justice. 


Dates: August 1st to 5th, 2022

Language: English

Location: Barrier Lake Field Station, in the Kananaskis area adjacent to Banff National Park on the traditional territory of the Stoney Nakoda

Transportation, food & lodging: Participants will be provided with meals and lodging for the duration of the CCL, as well as transportation to the field station from Calgary. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation to and from Calgary.


The total tuition is 2000 CAD and includes the costs of the program, food, lodging; 6 months of mentoring, and inclusion in an ongoing international network of CCL alumni. 

We have a limited number of full or partial scholarships available for those who articulate financial need to support their participation. 

COVID-19 related information

We will follow all local public health requirements and all requirements directed by the University of Calgary throughout the program. Given that this event involves close interaction with others, we require all participants to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Individuals will be encouraged to take COVID-19 precautions to keep themselves and others safe, and hand sanitizer, disposable masks and rapid testing kits will be available for use as needed throughout the program. 

Please note that this information is subject to change. We will closely monitor the public health situation in Canada in the weeks leading up to the event and inform participants about any changes to our CCL health and safety guidelines. 


Please contact us at ccl@sustainablepractice.org if you have any additional questions about the CCL or application process.

Creative Climate Leadership is a Program of Julie’s Bicycle.