This Conversation will take part in conjunction with a 3-day intensive incubator where participants will interact with accomplished local guest speakers from fields such as environmental humanities, climate science, climate change activism, and visual and performing arts. This conversation, presented by Chantal Bilodeau of The Arctic Cycle, will provide an opportunity for the public to preview the work that the incubator participants have been exploring and researching. This conversation will provide an examination of the challenges and concerns of working at the intersection of arts and climate change and engagement with climate change through artistic practices.
Chantal Bilodeau is a playwright and translator whose work focuses on the intersection of science, policy, arts, and climate change. She is the Artistic Director of The Arctic Cycle, an organization that uses theatre to foster conversations about our global climate crisis, create an empowering vision of the future, and encourage people to take action. She runs the online platform Artists & Climate Change, and is a co-organizer of Climate Change Theatre Action – a worldwide series of readings and performances of short climate change plays presented in support of the United Nations COP meetings. She curates the HowlRound series Theatre in the Age of Climate Change and is working on a cycle of eight plays that look at the social and environmental changes taking place in the eight countries of the Arctic.