College Green Captains
In March 2013, the Education Committee of the Broadway Green Alliance launched the BGA College Green Captain program, building on the successful Broadway Green Captain program. There are volunteer Green Captains on nearly every Broadway show. They work behind the scenes to make their productions greener, with support from other Broadway Green Captains and BGA members. To find out more, check out our Green Captains page!
The BGA College Green Captain program provides resources for greening collegiate theatre productions, as well as a connection to the Broadway community and other colleges that are also working tirelessly to reduce the environmental impact of their productions.
How It Works
At each college, there are three key Green Captain roles:
1. A faculty or staff Green Captain, who serves for multiple years and works with student Green Captains;
2. A lead student Green Captain, who works across productions, who may serve on a yearly or term basis;
3. Other student Green Captain(s) for each production.
Each Green Captain will receive a greening kit, complete with a list of more environmentally friendly practices that can be put into place immediately, most of which are currently being implemented on Broadway. Green Captains are able to ask the BGA theatre professionals for advice on topics ranging anywhere from greener lighting to use of rechargeable batteries to set recycling and reuse options. In addition, Green Captains are able and encouraged to share green ideas with Broadway Green Captains, other college Green Captains, and our Off-Broadway and regional members using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the BGA website.
Keep us updated on social media, or send us your photos and videos for a chance to be featured by the BGA.
Sign Up Now
Participating in the BGA College Green Captain program is easy, and free. To participate:
1. Become a BGA member.
2. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and request a program kit with resources to get started on your own Green Captain initiative and advice on greening your productions.
3. Track your progress and report back to the BGA and the Green Captain community about your accomplishments.
College Green Captain Prize
College Green Captain Prize for Achievement in Greener Theatre
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 created 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.
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, (Vassar College, NY) and Grace Urquhart, (William Jewell College, MI) 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 the 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!
Jade Zaroff (Emerson College, MA) was our 2016 College Green Captain Prize winner. She founded the Emerson Green Gala and worked to make it as environmentally friendly as possible. It included information booths, recycled programs, vegan and vegetarian food, and all of the programming was centered around the theme of sustainability. Congratulations to Jade for all of her hard work!
Travis Blackwell (University of Memphis, TN) won the College Green Captain Prize in 2015 for his efforts to make his theatre department greener. He helped to make environmental awareness a part of daily life by including "Green Facts" in all paperwork and emails sent to the cast and production team. Congratulations to Travis!