Encountering Sustainability with Stefan Fischer-Fels

A Call to Action

“How do we make sustainable Theatre?” was the question posed by Stefan Fischer-Fels, member of the ASSITEJ Executive Committee, at this morning’s Artistic Encounter. It really got us all thinking. How do we make Theatre that works to reduce levels of plastic and rubbish? How do we use Theatre to encourage sustainability for the whole family? How do we make it a philosophy that guides our production work?

Having divided into eight small groups, everyone set off discussing how we might create sustainable Theatre. Through guided discussion, this event quickly became a call to action focused on coming together to create long term thinking about sustainability in all aspects of Theatre for Young Audiences. 

With the small groups then forming larger discussion circles, it was, of course, apparent that sustainability means using less. Using less material, reusing material, and recycling material. However, most importantly, it was acknowledged that we will only achieve sustainable practices if we think about who’s involved in such discussions and how they contribute to lessening wastage.

As such, this Artistic Encounter closed with some universal truths: in order to make our field sustainable, we must be conservative with our energy, recycle in every way necessary, make work that is tackling these global issues, and continue such conversations at future events.

Hana Holloway is an experienced young American educator and theatre artist. Her passion for writing, puppetry, and devising theatre has led her to diverse opportunities in the Performing Arts. She was invited to be a Porter Fellow for the 2019 Theatre for Young Audiences USA conference and was accepted into the apprentice company for the 2017 Williamstown Theatre Festival. She is now a Programme Director for ​‘Lights, Camera, Learn!​‘, a nonprofit that educates and empowers children through the art of filmmaking which has recently brought her to Tunisia, Jordan, Palestine, and Dubai. Hana sees theatre as a transformative art form that has the power to impact change in the world.