Accessible to a wide range of participants, our workshops offer tools and frameworks for creative response, collaboration, and communication surrounding climate science and environmental justice.
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A creative workshop for people of all backgrounds, occupations, and levels of experience to collaboratively respond to ecological crises through guided performance-making. Beginning with a presentation of research and culminating in short performances made by participants, the Lab is an introduction to Superhero Clubhouse's approach to theater-making, offering tools to explore questions about who we are and how we move forward in our new, turbulent reality.
The Lab was developed by a committee of environmental professionals from Columbia University, Rockefeller University, Rocky Mountain Institute, Environmental Defense Fund, and USAID. Our guest presenters have included Gavin Schmidt (director of NASA GISS) and Michael Gerrard (director of Sabine Center for Climate Change Law), among many others.
Pictured: Dr. Jamē McCray, marine ecologist. Photo by Dylan River Lopez.
"Superhero Clubhouse created a hands-on Lab for my Theater and Climate Change class, scaled to fit the scope of my goals for the class, my students (from theater, engineering, math, sociology, and more), and the pedagogical aspirations I shared with them. The students were inspired and excited! The rigor of the workshop, held with supportive and generous leadership and feedback, allowed the students to take risks I have not seen before, to make connections across methods of story-telling, to practice the very difficult work of making change happen in climate justice struggles, to build capacities, and to reflect on process. The work honored the students’ own knowledge, and helped the students see how to mobilize their experience in collaborative theater and change making. As a teacher, I learned a great deal, too. The work is both challenging and accessible, welcoming and insightful. They are exceptional theater makers, collaborators, and teachers."
-Dr. Lisa Jackson-Schebetta, Associate professor and Chair, Skidmore College Theater Department
SCIENCE STORYTELLING: CREATIVE TOOLS FOR COMMUNICATING YOUR WORK
Scientists or scientists-to-be will practice communicating to a variety of different audiences-- from fellow academics to elementary students-- using imagery, games, storytelling, and other tools from the performing arts. We explore the relationship between body and voice, and how connecting with our bodies can build confidence and clarity when communicating. And we uplift the unique perspective of each individual in order to develop personal and distinctive communication styles. This workshop is best for graduate and undergraduate students or professional scientists.
Pictured: Lanxing Fu, Co-Director, Superhero Clubhouse. Photo by Dylan River Lopez.
“Superhero Clubhouse ran a wonderful 3 session Science Communication workshop for my Columbia University Science Communication class. Their effective guidance on tools for creating a narrative, knowing your audience, and speaking through the nerves carried through the whole rest of the course. The students loved hearing their unique perspectives and I hope to make the workshop a permanent component of the curriculum."
-Sonya Dyhrman, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University/Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
DEVISED THEATER FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
This multi-day workshop is an introduction to creating original theater as a tool for social change. Utilizing the eco-theater framework of Superhero Clubhouse and a variety of approaches to devising from other artists, we introduce theater-making as a living laboratory in which to form temporary communities, make vital new stories, and model a thriving society through a collaborative process. Best for undergraduates, high school students, early-career artists, or community groups. Pictured: Bella MacDiarmid, Marguerite French, and various participants.
"Students in our Summer Teen Ensemble engaged in deep and meaningful conversations centered around social justice and climate change. The group project work offered the teens the opportunity to bring a high level of creativity, collaboration and personal voice. The Devising class was an incredible addition to our curriculum."