R181. The Emerging Eco-Theatre

A103-104, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


The theatre has always been a reflection of and catalyst for cultural change, but at this critical moment in environmental history, the immediacy of live performance is more important than ever. How do we write for this moment? How do we convey issues of climate change, environmental protection, human and non-human interaction, social justice, and collective responsibility? How do we communicate science, evidence, and urgency through an art that demands that we’re all in the same space together?



Charissa Menefee, poet and playwright, is on the faculty of Iowa State's MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment. A finalist for the Julie Harris Playwright Award, she recently published When I Stopped Counting: Poems and premiered Our Antigone, a new adaptation of the Sophocles classic.

Paula Cizmar is an award-winning playwright and librettist. Her plays have been produced at Portland Stage, Womens Project, Playwrights Arena, among others. She is a cowriter of the documentary play Seven, produced in thirty countries in twenty languages. She is an Associate Professor of Theatre at USC.

Elaine Romero is an award-winning US playwright. Her plays have been presented across the US and abroad. Title IX appeared in the 2017 Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona in the School of Theatre, Film, and Television.

E.M. Lewis is a playwright and opera librettist. Winner of the American Theater Critics Association's Steinberg Award and Primus Prize, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, and the Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama. Works include MagellanicaSong of Extinction, and The Gun Show.

Tira Palmquist is a playwright and dramaturg. Plays: The Way North, Two Degrees, Overburden, This Floating World, The Frequency of Stars and Other Matter, and Age of Bees. Dramaturgy: Moving Arts Theater's MADlab program, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, and others.


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