Annual performances for audiences of all ages created in collaboration with climate scientists from The Earth Institute at Columbia University and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

 Salty Folk

Salty Folk

2014: Salty Folk

A musical play for audiences of all ages exploring the ecological and cultural history of NYC's waterways through the lens of oysters and the people who lived with them. Created by Jeremy Pickard & Nate Weida in collaboration and conversation with New York's leading water scientists and oyster experts.



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2011: Charlie and the Trees

Made in collaboration with Dr. Nicole Davi, a paleoclimate scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Charlie and the Trees is a modern-day fairy tale inspired by dendrochronology, or the study of tree rings. 

Dendrochronologists like Dr. Davi take core samples of ancient trees and read their rings in order to "reconstruct" the climatic history of a particular region. Along with other branches of paleoclimate science that study ice and sediment cores, dendrochronology provides us with some of the most visible evidence of climate change.

In Charlie and the Trees, a young boy searching for his lost community awakens a group of trees who share their histories and help the boy on his quest. 

Created by Jon Erdman, Charlie Kilgore, Alex Krasser, Jeremy Pickard, RB Schlather, Hannah Wolf and Anne Zager in collaboration with dendrochronologist Nicole Davi. 

 Flying Ace

Flying Ace

2013: Flying Ace and the Storm of the Century

Perched on the roof of his doghouse, armed only with a typewriter and a rare imagination, a dog attempts to adapt after an unusual hurricane washed him out to sea. Inspired by Charles Shultz' iconic beagle and leading science surrounding extreme climatic events, Flying Ace and the Storm of the Century is a multi-disciplinary tour-de-force arousing hope in the face of disasters caused by climate change.  

2010: Flash Performances 

Our very first experiment creating a performance for the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory's annual Open House involved a flash performance "loop" inspired by natural disasters. Guests having lunch in the catering tent witnessed a series of disruptions: a falling house of cards, an exploding can of soda, an argument about recycling, and someone passionately singing "We are the World"-- all on repeat.

Created and performed by Brian Belcinski, Ava Eisenson, Jon Erdman and Maria Portman Kelly. 


 Field Trip

Field Trip

2012: Field Trip - A Climate Cabaret

A musical adventure celebrating science as a creative and intrepid process, based on the lives and work of seven extraordinary women of climate science from Columbia University's Earth Institute and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Created by Maggie-Kate Coleman, Erato A. Kremmyda, Jeremy Pickard and Superhero Clubhouse artists.