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Current Projects and Events

Resistance, produced by Marshalltown Community Theatre: July 13, 2024

Artistic Associate Taylor Sklenar's new play, Resistance, won the Marshalltown Community Theatre's full-length play competition. MCT produces a reading of Resistance at the Orpheum Theatre in Marshalltown, Iowa

AFHVS-ASFS Conference, Right to Food-Food as Commons: June 5-8, 2024

Vivian M. Cook shares The Art of Climate Dialogue: Stories from Iowa at the Agriculture, Food & Human Values Society (AFHVS) and the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) Conference in Syracuse, NY 

Baby I'll Turn the Sky Green For You, produced by Theatre du Mississippi: May 10-May 19, 2024

Artistic Associate Taylor Sklenar's new play, Baby I'll Turn the Sky Green For You, is produced at Theatre du Mississippi in Winona, Minnesota

KHOI's "Climate Matters in Ames": April 27, 2024

Vivian M. Cook is interviewed by Ames Climate Action Team members, Mary Richards and Lee Anne Willson, who host "Climate Matters in Ames" on KHOI radio 

(To access past broadcasts: Go to khoifm.org, and hover over “Listen to us!” Select "Web Stream and Program Archive" from the drop-down menu. On the program page, select "All Shows" and select "Climate Matters" from the drop-down menu. Find the date for the program that you want to listen to.) 

One Sustainable Iowa Conference: April 26, 2024

Vivian M. Cook shares The Art of Climate Dialogue: Stories from Iowa at the One Sustainable Iowa Conference at Iowa State University 

ISU Earth Day Celebration and Monday Monologues: April 22, 2024

The EcoTheatre Lab performs two short climate comedies, written for the international Climate Change Theatre Action initiative: The Polar Bears by Nicolas Billon and The Climes They Are A' Changin' by MFA in Creative Writing & Environment playwrights, Summer Awad, Jessi Brock, and A'Ja Lyons

 

CALS Open Academy for Team Science: April 18, 2024

Vivian M. Cook shares The Art of Climate Dialogue: Stories from Iowa at Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Open Academy for Team Science

 

"Women and Gender in Art" Class Visit: April 17, 2024

Vivian M. Cook visits ISU's "Women and Gender in Art" class to discuss The EcoTheatre Lab's recent work

Reiman Gardens' "Nature at Noon": April 11, 2024

Taylor Sklenar, in partnership with Linda Shenk and Bill Gutowski, joins Reiman Garden's "Nature at Noon" program to present, "Creative Strategies for Communicating Science"

Midwest Climate SummitApril 3-5, 2024

The EcoTheatre Lab facilitates a session on The Art of Climate Dialogue: Stories from Iowa at the Midwest Climate Summit 2024

The Business of Art Conference: March 1-2, 2024

Vivian M. Cook facilitates a session, on behalf of The EcoTheatre Lab, at Ames' Business of Art Conference, hosted by the Octagon Center for the Arts and the Ames Community Arts Council

ISU Sustainapalooza: February 27, 2024

The EcoTheatre Lab tables at ISU's Sustainapalooza event

500/501, produced by Theatre du MississippiFebruary 16-25, 2024

Taylor Sklenar's play is produced in Winona, Minnesota as part of Theatre du Mississippi's One-Act Festival

Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference: February 7-10, 2024

Charissa Menefee shares The EcoTheatre Lab's recent work

Iowa Conservation Education Coalition Winter WorkshopFebruary 3, 2024

The EcoTheatre Lab facilitates a session on The Art of Climate Dialogue: Stories from Iowa at ICEC's

"Climate Smart Agriculture: Rethinking Iowa’s Land, Water, and Food Production" Winter Workshop

Ames EcoFair: September 30, 2023

The EcoTheatre Lab participates in the Ames EcoFair and shares The Art of Climate Dialogue: Stories from Iowa

CCTA at Monday Monologues: September 25, 2023

The EcoTheatre Lab presents a series of short climate change plays, Climate Change Theatre Action: All Good Things Must Begin, in partnership with ISU library's Monday Monologues and the international Climate Change Theatre Action initiative

Iowa Water ConferenceSeptember 19-20, 2023

The EcoTheatre Lab shares The Art of Climate Dialogue: Stories from Iowa

Superfun(d)! by Taylor Sklenar: August 29, 2023

Taylor Sklenar's play is read at the Missouri Playwrights Workshop

Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference: August 3-6, 2023

Charissa Menefee represents The EcoTheatre Lab's work at ATHE 2023

Embodied Playwriting: Improv and Acting Exercises for Writing and Devising: Published July 2023

Charissa Menefee publishes her newest book

Ames Green Drinks: July 2023

The EcoTheatre Lab discusses The Art of Climate Dialogue with Ames' Green Drinks conversation group

The Art of Climate Dialogue Podcast Released: April-June 2023

Podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and iHeartRadio

Resistance by Taylor Sklenar: April 29, 2023

As part of ISU Theatre's Fringe Festival, The EcoTheatre Lab is producing a staged reading of Taylor Sklenar's new play, Resistance. Free performance on Saturday, April 29th, 2:00 p.m., Ames Public Library Auditorium. See more information on ISU Theatre's website

Mid-America Theatre Conference: March 9-12, 2023

The EcoTheatre Lab team shares their work in the MATC Practice/Production Symposium

(virtually due to snowstorms!)

ISU Sustainapalooza: February 21, 2023

The EcoTheatre Lab tables at ISU's Sustainapalooza event

 

The Art of Climate Dialogue Interviews: November 2022-February 2023

Community Engagement Director, Vivian, conducts podcast interviews for The Art of Climate Dialogue

William Inge Theatre Festival: April 21-23, 2022

The EcoTheatre Lab performs as a New Play Lab acting company

 

"Arts, Environment, and Creating Connections": April 9th

The EcoTheatre Lab partners with Iowa 4-H to offer a workshop event for 7th-12th graders

The Art of Climate Planning UpdateMarch 21st - April 1st

The Art of Climate Planning's entire exhibit is showcasing in the ISU College of Design gallery

The Art of Climate Planning UpdateFebruary 23rd - March 17th

Rob Sunderman's "Crib in Crisis Encounter" ' is showcasing at North Grand Mall

 

The EcoTheatre Lab tables at Sustainapalooza: February 22nd

Featured Art of Climate Planning pieces include:

Holly Hazelton's "Coppice Regrowth"

Brittny Rebhuhn's "Disposed"

Brittny Rebhuhn's "The Moose" (NEW PIECE!)

Keygan Sands' "Field Guide to Climate Resilience"

Rob Sunderman's "Crib in Crisis Encounter"

The Art of Climate Planning UpdateFebruary 3rd - April 1st

Keygan Sands' "Field Guide to Climate Resilience" ("Resilient Life") is showcasing at Macubana

 

The Art of Climate Planning UpdateFebruary 2nd - March 16th

 Anna Bland's "Harvest Sky" is showcasing at Worldly Goods

Natalie Deam's "Echos of Derecho" is showcasing at Z. W. Mercantile

Kelsey Zimmerman's "Topographic Possibility" is showcasing at Skunk River Cycles

The Art of Climate Planning UpdateJanuary 8th-31st

The Art of Climate Planning's entire exhibit is showcasing in the Reliable Street gallery

The Art of Climate Planning UpdateDecember 27th - February 28th

Holly Hazelton's "Coppice Regrowth" is showcasing in Reiman Garden's Garden Room

 

The Art of Climate Planning UpdateDecember 21st

Natalie Deam's "Echos of Derecho" is showcasing at Cafe Diem

 

The Art of Climate Planning UpdateDecember 14th

Anna Bland's "Harvest Sky" is showcasing at Mark Doyle - State Farm Insurance Agent

 

The Art of Climate Planning UpdateNovember 23rd

Brittny Rebhuhn's "Disposed" is showcasing at Mayhem Comics and Games

Keygan Sand's "Field Guide to Climate Resilience" is showcasing at Ames Public Library

 

The Art of Climate Planning UpdateNovember 19th

Kelsey Zimmerman's "Topographic Possibility" is showcasing at Ames Public Library

The Art of Climate Planning UpdatesNovember 8th

Anna Bland's "Harvest Sky" begins showcasing at Dog-Eared Books

Natalie Deam's "Echos of Derecho" begins showcasing at the Ames Chamber of Commerce

The Art of Climate Planning exhibits at the Octagon Center for the Arts, October 12th-November 6th

Reception, November 4th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.: Meet the artists!

 

The EcoTheatre Lab tables at the ISU Live Green! Campus Sustainability Month Celebration: November 3, 2021

 

Climate Change Theatre Action 2021, produced in partnership with ISU Theatre and ISU's MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment, tours Ames between September 23rd and October 16th. Most of The Art of Climate Planning artwork joins the tour!

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