Stage to Stage: Sustainability in Theatrical Design and Production

Barnard College Department of Theatre is committed to developing and implementing design and production practices that prioritize environmental sustainability. In the 2015-2016 academic year we are piloting a new project to investigate and formalize green policies into our design process, budgeting process, and how we use our facilities. Our aim is to build a durable, more environmentally sustainable model of theatrical creation that can inform all our productions.

We will engage designers in a conversation that spans the entire season, encouraging the consideration of budget and materials as a shared resource across several shows. We will track and quantify sustainability and environmental impact as part of the budgeting process, by breaking our materials budget into two lines, one budget line for used and reclaimed materials, and a separate line for new materials. New materials will be purchased with special attention to their potential reusability and recyclability, and we will continue extensive and creative use of our stock materials. By involving all design and production teams in this process, we hope to discover new methods to create a more sustainable theatre, and also to discover how these methods affect and shape the theatre that we create.

This initiative is linked with a research project led by Sandra Goldmark, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at Barnard College. With support from a Barnard College grant, Goldmark has been exploring and employing sustainable practices in her professional designs, especially as considered through the lens of William McDonagh and Michael Braungart's landmark design book Cradle to Cradle.

Please join us for a panel discussion in spring of 2016, for a conversation with guests from the Broadway Green Alliance, the professional theatre, and Barnard students, faculty, and staff.