CLIMATE CHANGE THEATRE ACTION is a series of worldwide readings and performances presented in support of the United Nations 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) in November and December 2015. 

The main goal of the project was to invite as many people as possible, who may not otherwise pay attention to this history-in-the-making event, to participate in a global conversation. Modeled on previous NoPassport theatre actions focused on gun control and the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill, CCTA drew on the expertise and resources of local artists, while being global in scope and uniting multiple countries and cultures around a common issue.

A collection of 1-5 minute plays, songs and poems by writers from all six continents, curated by Caridad Svich, Chantal Bilodeau and Elaine Avila, was made available to producing collaborators worldwide. Over 100 collaborators in 25 countries agreed to host events which were registered with ArtCOP21 and, when technically possible, livestreamed on HowlRound TV.

Some Highlights

• Events were presented on all six continents. In the U.S., 53 events took place in 37 cities.
• Plays were read, performed, adapted into films and audio pieces, presented as part of day-long festivals or stand-alone events, in theatres, high schools, universities, eco-centers, community centers, people's living rooms, on radio, and outdoors.
• Perseverance Theatre in Alaska presented a site-specific performance at the foot of the Mendenhall Glacier.
• Teater Viva's CCTA event in Denmark was part of the town of Hjortshø's annual solstice celebration. The town's people invited refugees from a refugee center nearby to participate in the celebration.
• After violinist Karen Bentley and director Aiste Ptakauske presented their CCTA event in Lithuania, they received offers to tour the show in Belarus, Belgium, Germany and Poland.
• Tewodros Tessema is currently organizing a multi-city tour of a CCTA show in Ethiopia that will teach people about climate change.

For further information about the organizers, visit NoPassport, The Arctic Cycle, and Theatre Without Borders.

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Video Postcard From the End of the World by Skaraventer Project (Italy), adapted from twenty-seven Climate Change Theatre Action plays.

Participating  Playwrights

Deborah Asiimwe (Uganda)
Reneltta Arluk (Canada/Inuvialuit-Dene)
Elaine Avila (Canada/US)
Catherine Banks (Canada)
Chantal Bilodeau (US/Canada)
Catherine Butterfield (US)
Lenora Champagne (US)
Jody Christopherson & Ryan McCurdy (US)
Darrah Cloud (US)
Mindi Dickstein (US)
Erik Ehn (US)
Angie Emurwon (Uganda)
Kendra Fanconi (Canada)
Laura Ferraris (Argentina)
David Geary (Canada/New Zealand/Māori)
Dipika Guha (US/India)
Jordan Hall (Canada)
Amina Henry (US/Jamaica)
Naomi Iizuka (US)
Amahl Khouri (Jordan)
Arthur Kopit (US)
Koffi Kwahulé (France/Côte d’Ivoire)
Neil LaBute (US)
Deb Laufer (US)
Bryony Lavery (England)



Jacqueline E. Lawton (US)
Andrea Lepcio (US)
E.M. Lewis (US)
Kevin Loring (Canada/Nlaka’pamux)
Abhishek Majumdar (India)
Karen Malpede (US)
Ruth Margraff (US)
Olivier Mayer (US)
Winter Miller (US)
Chiori Miyagawa (US)
Colleen Murphy (Canada)
Verónica Musalem (Mexico)
Sitawa Namwalie (Kenya)
Giovanni Ortega (US/Philippines)
Silvia Peláez (Mexico)
Jeremy Pickard (US)
Elyne Quan (Canada)
Lynn Rosen (US)
Lisa Schlesinger (US)
August Schulenburg (US)
Stephen Sewell (Australia)
Saviana Stanescu (US/Romania)
Caridad Svich (US)
Elspeth Tilley (New Zealand)
Heather Woodbury (US)

Producing Collaborators

Community Center:
Centered Holistic Community Center (Lexington, KY)

ONCA Center for Arts and Ecology (Brighton, UK)

Michael Johnson-Chase (Paris, France)
Jenny Christian (Lexington, KY)
Susan Day (Vancouver, Canada)
Elizabeth Doud (Miami, FL and Cuba)
Erin Mee (New York, NY)
Richard Pettifer (Melbourne, Australia)
Matthew Sekellick (Buffalo, NY)
Sondos Shabayek, Lama El Hatow & Sarah Rifaat (Cairo, Egypt)
Iris Sowlat (Chicago, IL)
Tewodros Tessema (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

KUNM's Radio Theatre (Albuquerque, NM)

C.W. Baker High School (Baldwinsville, NY)
California Language School (Valencia, Spain)
Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity (Singapore)
Kwantlen Park Secondary School (Surrey, Canada)

Theatres & Cultural Institutions:
516 Arts/Tricklock Theatre (Albuquerque, NM)
Artichoke Dance Company (Brooklyn, NY)
Artists Repertory Theatre & Boom Arts (Portland, OR)
Arts House (Melbourne, Australia)
Box Collective (Brooklyn, NY)
Casa de Marioneta (Sintra, Portugal)
Center Stage (Santa Cruz, CA)
Concerned Artists Norway (Oslo, Norway)
Drama Dogs (Santa Barbara, CA)
Half Moon Theatre (Poughkeepsie, NY)
Hudson River Playback Theatre (New Paltz, NY)
In altre parole (Rome, Italy)
Jackalope Theatre Company (Chicago, IL)
Kickwheel Ensemble Theater (Pittsfield, MA)
Laboratório de ecopoeticas (Sao Joao del Rei, Brazil)
Little Theatre Group (San Rafael de Escazu, Costa Rica)
Mirateca Arts (Pico, Azores, Portugal)
Mountain Community Theatre (Santa Cruz, CA)
MultiStages (New York, NY)
New Diorama Theatre (London, UK)
New Georges (New York, NY)
Nuyorican Poets Café (New York, NY)
Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, OR)
Perseverance Theatre (Juneau, AK)
Playwrights Theatre Centre & The Only Animal (Vancouver, Canada)
Rogue Machine Theatre & HeatWave (Los Angeles, CA)
Skaraventer Project (Armenia)
Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY)
Teater Viva (Hjortshøj, Denmark)    
Teatro Caralimipia (Panamá)
The Big Foot Theatre Company (Albuquerque, NM)
The Peoplehood (Los Angeles, CA)
The Travis Weekes Project (Saint Lucia, Caribbean)
Tropa Nomade (Santiago, Chile)
Vihaan Drama Works (Bhopal, India)
Vortex Theatre (Albuquerque, NM)
Wize Latina Productions (Santa Fe, NM)

Arizona State University
Bard College at Simon's Rock
Boston Conservatory
Brandeis University
California Institute for the Arts
California State University, Fullerton
Carnegie Mellon University
John Jay College
Institut d'Études Politiques d'Aix-en-Provence (France)
Ithaca College
Kansas State University
London South Bank University (UK)
Massey University (New Zealand)
Middlebury College
Middlesex University (UK)
New York University Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
Ohio University
Pomona College
Ramapo College
Randolph-Macon College
Reed College
SUNY Oswego
University of Connecticut
University of New Hampshire
University of Panama (Panama)
Vancouver Island University (Canada)
Western Washington University