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Off-Broadway Green Alliance
The BGA works beyond Broadway with the larger theatre community in New York City and around the country. In New York, the BGA began working in 2013 with the Off-Broadway League to set up an Off-Broadway Green Committee to explore greening in their community. The Off-Broadway Committee now includes Off-Off-Broadway and Independent Theatres as well.
Off-Broadway has always been known for new and unusual works of theatre performed in smaller theatres (100-499 seats). While these theatres and theatre companies have some different challenges from Broadway, many of the same green initiatives are thriving Off-Broadway.
The committee’s first initiative was the launch of an Off-Broadway Green Captain program. This ongoing activity quickly included more than 45 Off-Broadway Green Captains using our newly-revised Off-Broadway Green Captain Kit. The kit combines elements from our successful Broadway Green Captain Kit and additional resources for smaller theatres, with a dual focus on both venue greening and theatre company greening, including green hints for offices. You can access our Off-Broadway Green Captain Kit here.
Off-Broadway members also participate in BGA textile and electronic-waste drives, which are held four times a year in Times Square, in addition to other BGA events.
The committee includes James Bedell; Nancy Beer; Helen Bennett; Chantal Bilodeau; Terry Byrne; James Cleveland; Chris Connolly; Charlie Deull; George Forbes; Rosalind Grush; Lory Henning; Jerry Homan; Hannah McCue; Evan O’Brient; Mariana Ortiz; Josh Parkin-Ring; Jeremy Pickard; Kendra Ramthun; Susan Sampliner; Jeffrey Shubart; Jen Soloway; and Donyale Werle.
The committee held an Off-Broadway Green Design Round Table on October 29, 2013 at the Westside Theatre and holds annual Town Halls. The theme of our 2016 Town Hall was “Closing Green” and focused on how Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and Independent theatres could close productions in a greener manner. The discussions during the Town Hall and the continued efforts of the Off-Broadway Chapter of the BGA led to the creation of a Closing Green Guide, which you can find here.
Our 2017 Town Hall included panelists from the BGA, Consolidated Edison, Green Mountain Energy, and the Natural Resources Defense Council discussing “Green Energy: What You Need to Know”. The BGA distilled the information into a short guide to assist you in switching to green energy, which you can find here.
If you or someone you know is interested in finding out more, is interested in becoming an Off-Broadway Green Captain, or is interested in joining the BGA Off-Broadway Committee please email green@Broadway.org.
New York City Theatre Greening Grants
In 2015, the BGA created a greening grants program and awarded over $7,500 to Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and Independent Theatres.
The BGA has committed $7,500 to the New York City Theatre Greening Grants each year which will fund grants of up to $750 each for projects that will increase energy efficiency, conserve resources, or showcase a commitment to green practices in the Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and Independent Theatre communities.
The recipients of the 2018 New York City Theatre Greening Grants are Access Theater, A.R.T./New York, Atlantic Theater Company, Cherry Lane Theatre, Daryl Roth Theatre, Downtown Urban Arts Festival, General Mischief Dance Theatre, The New Group, Page 73 Productions, The Playwrights Realm, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Tank, Vineyard Theatre, Westside Theatre, Wild Project, and The Women’s Project.
Their projects include LED lighting upgrades and energy efficiency measures, switching from paper to electronic readers, purchasing reusable mugs and bottles to reduce waste, and more.
Past recipients include: Ars Nova; Classic Stage Company; General Mischief Dance Theatre; Lucille Lortel Foundation; Mabou Mines; Mint Theater Company; Movement Theatre Company; Pearl Theatre Company; Repertorio Español; Superhero Clubhouse; The Actors Company Theatre; and Theater for the New City.
For more information about this program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.