This committee is headed by Bob Usdin (LEED-accredited) of Showman Fabricators and set designer Donyale Werle. This committee promotes sustainable design choices and building practices from inception through strike. Since 2009, this committee has supported the recycling of as much as 88% of materials used sets on Broadway, has led workshops on sustainable design choices, and established a pilot program for recycling gels from Broadway shows to regional and off-Broadway theatres.
The committee addresses the concerns of set, lighting, costume, projection and sound designers, as well as technical directors, artisans, technicians, and shop managers. Both Bob Usdin and Donyale Werle speak publicly and teach classes on sustainable design choices/practices in theatre. We are very proud to note that Donyale received a 2012 Tony® Award for Outstanding Set Design for her wonderful recycled and up-cycled set for PETER AND THE STARCATCHER.
Return to Theatre Professionals.
- Design for the environment by designing scenery that reduces the amount of material used in its construction.
- Design with LED lighting (or another energy efficient alternative) when possible.
- Reuse sets or costumes from previous productions when designing a new show.
- Encourage scenic, costume and prop shops to use recycled materials.
- Utilize vendors who provide recycled materials and reduce their own company’s emission of greenhouse gases.
- Utilize local vendors as opposed to having products shipped across the country or from overseas.
- Implement green practices in your office
- Ensure that any waste produced is sent to a local recycling facility.
- Establish a greening policy and implement green practices for your shop, including the office.
- Put someone in your operation in charge of green procedures as a resource for all your employees and clients.
- Utilize recycled and reusable materials when possible.
- Utilize a local waste management company that is committed to recycling.
- Adopt construction methods that reduce the amount of material used.
- Use non-toxic, biodegradable materials in the construction and maintenance of costumes and sets.
- Use local vendors who use green practices in their product development and deployment.
- Develop special effects (e.g., fog, fire) with environmentally responsible materials.
- Utilize LED lighting when possible.
- Use rechargeable batteries in battery-operated devices and recycle any non-rechargeable batteries.
- Offer designers ways to re-purpose sets and costumes from previous productions.
- Partner with local material donation organizations to facilitate the re-use of sets, costumes and props.
- Maintain facilities for the storage of sets, costumes and props for re-use.
- Encourage producers and general managers to recycle sets and costumes upon the closing of a show.