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Climate change

The Earth is Watching…Let’s Act.

The 2019-20 Final Cycle: Climate Change

The Climate Change Cycle engages deeply with the facts of our climate crisis, and grapples with how the performing arts can respond. The Climate Change Cycle was launched with a gathering at the Banff Centre in April 2019, and will culminate over two weeks in June of 2020. In a grand adventure in emissions reduction and new practice, up to eight locations (six Canadian cities and two international cities) will host creative retreats and workshops, locally and across distance through a digital platform, each tackling a different question fundamental to the relationship between arts and sustainability. Each location will bring together artists, scientists, academics, leaders of all kinds and students to develop and explore theme-based performance practices, culminating in a performative and event-based sharing of ideas with the broader theatrical community: academic, artistic, scientific, independent and institutional. This final performative event, happening concurrently in all eight locations and livestreamed wherever broadband permits, will be known as The Green Rooms.

For more in-depth information about The Summit 2019, download the report created by Adrienne Wong, Chantal Bilodeau and Sarah Garton Stanley.

Download The Summit Report

Part 1: The Summit


In April 2019, NAC English Theatre, in partnership with the Banff Centre and several key organizations, gathered together nine Inspirers from Canada, USA, Australia and the UK for a three-day conversation about the costs of Climate Change and how we might reimagine the footprint of Canadian theatre. This final Cycle is co-curated by Associate Artistic Director of English Theatre Sarah Garton Stanley and playwright, translator and Artistic Director of The Arctic Cycle, Chantal Bilodeau. Cultural leaders from across Canada joined the conversation. The NAC gratefully acknowledges the partnership of the Banff Centre and the collaborating support of the Stratford Festival, as well as the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Council and the Australia Council for the Arts.

Part 2: The Retreats


Details to come.

Part 3: The Green Rooms


As part of its response to the escalating climate crisis – and in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic – NAC English Theatre in partnership with Festival of Live Digital Art (FOLDA), the Canada Council for the Arts, The City of Kingston, HowlRound Theatre Commons and The National Theatre School is bringing together participants for an extraordinary three-day/three-country digital experiment to re-imagine the future of theatre. Learn more