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Big Green Theater Festival

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Jeremy Pickard
April 7, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Director/Lead Teaching Artist.

What is your show about?
Big Green Theater is a production of eco-plays written by fifth-graders, performed by adult actors and designed using green theater techniques.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I like making high-energy, epic, hybrid theater filled with movement, music and child-like storytelling.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
Theater encourages intelligence and imagination. It brings people together, asks big questions and shifts culture. It celebrates the virtuoso actor and the active audience. It's poor and scrappy and reliant on values I hold dear.

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
I get to teach a gifted and inspiring group of students about eco-playwrighting, learn from some excellent "eco-experts", collaborate with a wonderful group of adult artists and work in partnership with my favorite NYC theater (The Bushwick Starr). It's a labor of love, on all fronts.

Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
Bugs. Clever, quick and resourceful.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I'd build NYC's first 100% sustainable theater space, and I'd curate seasons filled with brilliant, imaginative, multi-disciplinary eco-theater artists. Then I'd build a partner space in Dutchess County, where farmers, artists, scientists and activists could gather to make work, make food, make discoveries and change the world. I'd establish a fund to give good jobs to good artists for many years to come. And then I'd pay myself back.