October 2014

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October 2014

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Award Lauds College 'Green Theatre' Efforts

Michael Mehler of the Broadway Green Alliance and award-winning scenic designer Donyale Werle talk about getting greener at the 2013 USITT Annual Conference.

The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) has created a new award: the BGA College Green Captain Award for Achievement in Greener Theatre.

The BGA College Green Captain program is modeled on the successful BGA Broadway Green Captain program, in which a cast or crew member of every Broadway production volunteers to serve as a BGA liaison member of the production for all things green or environmentally friendlier. College Green Captains are self-selected members of a college or university theatre department who are committed to greening one or more of the department's productions.

To sign up, visit www.broadwaygreen.com/college-green-captains. BGA provides a kit of better practices, sample timelines, and links to resources and professionals to educate college Green Captains. The program works best when there are one or more student Green Captains and a faculty or staff Green Captain to ensure continuity of the greener practices. The faculty or staff Green Captain is the likely person to nominate one or more student Green Captains for this award.

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 production. This award recognizes and encourages outstanding BGA College Green Captains for college theatrical productions.

Greener practices can involve designing theatrical productions in a greener manner (e.g. alternate materials, energy, lighting, costumes or set pieces); the show in a greener manner (e.g. energy-efficient lighting, rechargeable batteries, or educating the cast and crew about better practices); the production in a way that reduces waste (e.g. re-use, recycling, or composting); or changing front-of-house operations to reduce waste and encourage greener audience practices (e.g. alternative advertising, programs, or tickets).

The winner of the BGA College Green Captain award will receive tickets to the Broadway or touring production of either Wicked or Lion King along with a professional backstage tour of the production and a meeting with a current Broadway Green Captain.