The BGA College Green Captain Prize for Achievement in Greener Theatre
The Broadway Green Alliance runs an annual College Green Captain contest to reward College Green Captains for their greening efforts on campus productions.
Tonya Ingerson, Green Captain at Vassar College, and Grace Urquhart, Green Captain at William Jewell College, were our co-winners of the College Green Captain contest for 2018!
Tonya’s project was called “Environmental Education and Awareness Through Theatre.” She hosted a Climate Change Play Festival at Vassar in which she put on 8 plays from Climate Change Theatre Action’s repertoire. She wanted to festival to be as green as possible so it was zero waste, the food was all vegan, everything was paperless from the advertising to the auditions, she educated the audience and the students working on the plays, and the costumes and props were all either borrowed or made from materials they already had.
Grace started several initiatives in the theatre department to make it more environmentally friendly. She encouraged the switch to rechargeable batteries in mic packs; changed out the old incandescent bulbs to LED bulbs; recycled old screws and other metal hardware; turned old fabric from costumes into dog toys that were then donated to the local shelter; started a waste tracking system that they now use on all of their shows; encouraged the use of greener materials to build sets; and continued to use energy efficient washers and dryers.
Congratulations to Tonya and Grace!
Olivia Ranseen (Indiana University in Bloomington, IN) was our 2017 winner, and Chloe Martins (Drew University, NJ) was the runner-up. Read more about their projects here. Congratulations Olivia and Chloe!
More Information About the BGA and the Prize for Achievement in Greener Theatre
The BGA College Green Captain program is modeled on the successful BGA Broadway Green Captain program, in which a cast or crew member of every Broadway production volunteers to serve as a BGA liaison/go-to member of the production for all things green/environmentally friendlier. College Green Captains are self-selected members of a college or university theatre department who are committed to greening one or more of the department’s productions. The BGA provides a kit of better practices, sample timelines, and links to resources and professionals to educate college Green Captains about how to green their productions. The College Green Captain program works best when there are one or more student Green Captains and faculty or staff Green Captain to ensure continuity of the greener practices.
The BGA seeks to encourage artistic growth and the highest standards of excellence in theatre, while including a growing commitment to resource and energy efficiency, reduced toxicity, and environmentally friendlier practices in the design, production, running, and striking of a college production. We are creating this award to recognize and encourage outstanding BGA College Green Captains for college theatrical productions.
Winners will have brought innovative, creative, and/or widely-applied greening and energy-efficiency methods into the design and/or production of theatre at their campus.
In short, this award seeks to
- Reward those students whose dedication and commitment has lead their college theatre productions to be more environmentally friendly;
- Recognize, and celebrate the greener changes brought to theatre productions produced in university and college theater programs;
- Encourage colleges and universities to research, invest in, and put into practice more environmentally friendly pre-, post-, and production practices in theatre.