F*ck the System (And the Horse It Rode In On)

HowlRound, September 2017

We as a theatre community need to recognize when our practices and systems are detrimental to the earth and other people, and strive to change them.

Theatremakers vs The Climate Fools in the White House

HowlRound, April 2017

A suggestion on what theatremakers can do to counter the ridiculous environmental decisions made in the White House.

Small Adaptation Miracles in Alaska

Arctic in Context blog, February 2017

Climate-induced changes have dominated discussions of plant and animal migration patterns in the Arctic. In research for a play about migration in Alaska, Chantal Bilodeau came across a poetic lesson: The adaptation of species to new conditions is a survival skill worthy of praise. 

Artist Seeks Scientist(s) for Long-Term Relationship

IIASA Nexus Blog, October 25, 2016

In September, 13 performance artists came together at IIASA for a one-month program that intended to link artists with scientists. On the blog, one participant shares her experience.

Why I'm Breaking Up With Aristotle

HowlRound, April 2016

Why playwrights need to write themselves out of the pyramid.

As the Climate Change Threat Grows, So Does a Theatrical Response

American Theatre Magazine Online, March 30, 2016

What started as a North American short-play project around last year’s Paris talks blossomed into an ongoing worldwide effort.

Climate Change Theatre Action

Arctic in Context blog, February 2016

As policymakers descended on Paris for the U.N. Climate Change Conference, artists around the world staged cultural events. Chantal Bilodeau writes about the International Climate Change Theatre Action, a joint initiative that presented readings and performances in over 25 countries, including four Arctic nations.

Striving for Meaningful Impact

Fresh Perspectives 4: Art for the Planet's Sake, 
IETM International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts, December 2015

In ‘Striving for Meaningful Impact’ Chantal Bilodeau (Canada) considers the effects of arts practice on the artist, the audience, the sector and the wider community, and approaches to measuring their impacts.

Nurturing Local Seeds Into Global Vibrancy: Climate Change Theatre Action

HowlRound, September 2015

Chantal Bilodeau describes her work on the international Climate Change Theatre Action initiative.

Our Affair With Energy

Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences, Rice University, May 2015

How can the arts support our efforts to address our current energy problem?

In Search of a New Aesthetic

HowlRound, April 2015
(One of the Editor's Picks for 2015)

An account of Chantal Bilodeau's trip to the Canadian Arctic and how that changed how she wanted to write plays.

Harnessing Culture to Address Arctic Issues

Arctic in Context blog, March 2015

Canadian playwright Chantal Bilodeau recently returned from a trip to Tromsø in the Norwegian Arctic, where she spent five days working on her new play "Forward." In her latest blog, Bilodeau examines how art can play a role in responding to the threat of climate change.

The Art and Science of Big Green Theatre's Eco-Plays

American Theatre Magazine, April 2015

At the Bushwick Starr, Superhero Clubhouse crafts eco-theatre edutainment with Brooklyn students, fighting climate change one play at a time.

A Playwright's Journey to the Canadian Arctic

Arctic in Context blog, November 2014

Despite its vibrant culture, Nunavut, in the Canadian Arctic, is struggling both economically and socially. Chantal Bilodeau's most recent theatrical production deals with the intersection of race, class, and climate change within this indigenous population's community.

A Climate of Collaboration

American Theatre Magazine, May/June 2013

Environmental scientists urge artists to humanize the stories behind the research.

Bridging the Two Solitudes

American Theatre Magazine, May/June 2012

Canada's Francophone and Anglophone theatre communities are distinct in character but hungry for connection.