Climate Change Theatre Action Presents Homo Sapiens by Chantal Bilodeau
A biennial initiative of The Arctic Cycle, Climate Change Theatre Action has commissioned over 150 short plays that explore aspects of climate change through live storytelling. These plays, created by writers from all over the world, have been presented dozens of times and have brought communities together in more than 20 countries.
To celebrate World Theatre Day, The Arctic Cycle presents a reading of Homo Sapiens, one of the plays from their 2017 collection, written by Chantal Bilodeau. This is followed by a conversation with the creative team plus guest scientists whose work is directly connected to the issues addressed in the play, moderated by Amy Brady of Guernica magazine.
The Arctic Cycle uses theater to foster dialogue about our global climate crisis, create an empowering vision of the future, and inspire people to take action. Operating on the principle that complex problems must be addressed through collaborative efforts, we work with artists across disciplines and geographic borders, solicit input from earth and social scientists, and actively seek community and educational partners.
Chantal Bilodeau (playwright) is a playwright and translator whose work focuses on the intersection of science, policy, art, and climate change. She is the Artistic Director of The Arctic Cycle; the founder of the blog and international network Artists and Climate Change, and a co-founder of Climate Change Theatre Action. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Playwrights Guild of Canada, and an artistic collaborator in the Science & Arts Project at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna.
Julia Levine (director) is a theatre director, producer, and writer. Originally from St. Louis, Julia is now planted in the New York City downtown theatre realm. She is the Marketing Manager at HERE, Artistic Producer of The Arctic Cycle, and a member of The Artist Co-Op. She writes for the blog series Artists & Climate Change, and is a co-organizer with Climate Change Theatre Action. Julia devises with her performance-based initiative, The UPROOT Series, to bring questions of food, climate, and justice into everyday life.
Oghenero Gbaje (performer) Born and raised in Brooklyn, Oghenero found his love for acting in the 6th grade, and went on to attend LaGuardia High School and Ithaca College, where he received his B.F.A in Acting. Catch him in his debut feature film role as Kevin in Blood Conscious, written and directed by Timothy Covell, coming soon!
Megan Medley (performer) is a New York-based actress passionate about storytelling and the myriad ways it deepens our lives. She is super excited to be part of this event and about the work this organization does! Last year, Megan graduated from the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program and made the move to NYC. She has recently worked at Cleveland Play House in Shakespeare in Love, The Diary of Anne Frank, and the world premieres of These Mortal Hosts and The Good Peaches. Let’s talk about climate change (also, yay World Theatre Day)!
Amy Brady (moderator) is the Deputy Publisher of Guernica magazine and the Senior Editor of the Chicago Review of Books, where she writes a monthly column about climate fiction. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Sierra, Pacific Standard, the New Republic, the Village Voice, the Cambridge Companion to Working-Class Literature, and elsewhere. She holds a PhD in literature from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was a recipient of a CLIR/Mellon Library of Congress Fellowship.
Dr. Ana Luz Porzecanski (guest expert) has devoted her career to understanding biodiversity and sustaining it for the future. She is an evolutionary and conservation biologist, and Director of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC) at the American Museum of Natural History, where she leads a team of researchers generating sound evidence for management and policy, and strengthening capacity for conservation across geographies and scales. She obtained her undergraduate degree in biological sciences from the Universidad de la República (Uruguay), and her Ph.D. degree from Columbia University, where she carried out research on the evolution of South American aridland birds and on international environmental policy issues.
Dr. Massimo Pigliucci (guest expert) has a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He currently is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. His research interests include the philosophy of science, the relationship between science and philosophy, the nature of pseudoscience, and the practical philosophy of Stoicism. Prof. Pigliucci has been elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science “for fundamental studies of genotype by environmental interactions and for public defense of evolutionary biology from pseudo-scientific attack.” In the area of public outreach, Prof. Pigliucci has published in national and international outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, among others. He is a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and a Contributing Editor to Skeptical Inquirer. He writes a blog on practical philosophy at patreon.com/FigsInWinter. More at platofootnote.wordpress.com.
This performance is generously underwritten by Alexander Sanger in honor of Jeannette Watson Sanger.
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