who we are, what we do, & why
SUPERHERO CLUBHOUSE is a New York-based collective of artists and scientists working at the intersection of environmentalism and theater. We create fictional performances rooted in complex environmental questions, practice ecological production, and collaborate across disciplines and communities to enact a thriving society. We believe theater is an essential tool for evolving our consciousness in the face of global environmental crises.
Superhero = powerful individuals dedicated to making a better world
Clubhouse = an inclusive gathering place for serious play
Jeremy Pickard founded Superhero Clubhouse in 2007, and has since become a leading voice on theater and environmentalism. In 2015 his essay "On Eco-Theater" was published by TCG in the book Innovations in Five Acts, edited by Caridad Svich. Jeremy is the lead playwright, co-creator, and co-director of the Planet Play series, Flying Ace and the Storm of the Century, and Salty Folk. He continues to teach and direct for the annual Big Green Theater Festival, which he co-created with Maria Portman Kelly and The Bushwick Starr in 2009. Originally from a small town outside Syracuse, NY, Jeremy is an alumnus of Ithaca College and the National Theater Institute, and trained extensively with SITI Company for eight years. He wears many hats including director, performer, writer, and producer.
Lanxing Fu is a Chinese-American writer, director, and performer. In addition to being a lead administrator, Lani is the project director for the Living Stage and a co-creator of PLUTO and JUPITER. She holds a B.A. in Humanities, Science, and Environment and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Virginia Tech. She has collaborated and led interdisciplinary theater projects about contemporary consumerism, globalization, and the environment in Sri Lanka, Morocco, Turkey, and the United States, with work commissioned by Virginia's New River Valley Planning District and a grant from The Center for 21st Century Studies. In 2015, Lani was selected to participate in JACK's "Creating Dangerously" workshop (led by Virginia Grise and Kyla Searle), and was a member of Orchard Project's 2015 Core Company.
2016-2017 Core members (CLick & Hover over photo to learn more)
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We are the recipients of grants, residencies and opportunities from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, The New Victory Theater, Billion Oyster Project, Catwalk Institue, Lacawac Nature Sancturary and Field Station, Ballroom Marfa, Mertz Gilmore Foundation/Center for Performance Research, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Drama League, iLAND, Denmark’s Odin Teatret, NYC’s Department of Education, World Science Festival, NACL/Deep Space, Human Impacts Institute, SPACE on Ryder Farm, PositiveFeedback, ArtLab, Makehouse, Figment Festival, Studio 51 Legacy Grant, and the Dragon’s Egg. Our work has been featured in several publications including American Theater Magazine, SDC Journal, CSPA Quarterly, The Brooklyn Rail and the blog Artists & Climate Change.