Green Stage creates performance, education and research exploring and embodying ecological principles of community, cooperation and cyclical development.
We devise and produce performances, workshops and collaborative making projects that are alive to the ecological conundrums we find ourselves in.
We work to make people feel more alive, to animate innate creativity and imagination and engage with the vibrancy of the world.
We feel a responsibility to challenge the habits and institutions that exploit the earth and its life, and explore ways that theatre, performance and story-telling can establish new patterns.
We’re fascinated by the potential for live performance to re-imagine our relationship with the living world: to make us see with new eyes, listen to forgotten voices and understand others’ perspectives.
We bring theatre and performance outdoors, into public spaces: we’ve worked in parks, community gardens, a city farm and on the tube.
We shape opportunities for people to be creative, whether or not they call themselves artists. We feel that everyone has the potential to be creative and that our lives are enriched by activities that allow us to be so.
We design and deliver education programs and workshops that give people a chance to build skills, explore issues and become directors, performers and designers of cultural work.
We’re excited by the potential of performance to empower and reinvigorate, by offering the opportunity for physical expression, raising voice and bringing people with different experiences and ideas together to make things, and to listen and learn from each other.
We are interested in how performance and storytelling shape people’s experience of the world; how people’s stories can be incorporated in performance; and how performance can engage with and shape political debates and everyday choices.
Our past research includes an exploration of how performance can heighten ‘attunement’ in the city, and how flooding and extreme weather have been reflected in performance.
Our action research is accompanied by an engagement with the research and ideas of others, within and outside of academic institutions.
We work intuitively, listening and paying attention to all those we work with.
We are energised by collaboration and collective imagination, driven by the need to respond to injustice and ecological destruction, and invigorated by moving in the fresh air.
We are part of a movement working for a world in which creativity is valued and encouraged, in which people are allowed and enabled to feel connected to the living world that we’re part of, and in which we give each other time to tell stories, sing, dance and express ourselves.
Lisa Woynarski is a London-based performance maker and researcher interested in the intersection of performance and ecology. As a performance maker, her practice involves working outside of conventional theatre sites, especially in urban green spaces. She is currently a member of Plantable Performance Research Collective, a trans-national trio (UK, Canada, US) examining the interface between ecological restoration and performance.
Since completing an MA in Theatre Directing she co-founded Green Stage, and has directed productions and led workshops in such places as the Union Street Urban Orchard, Spitalfields City Farm, Rosemary Branch Theatre, King Henry’s Walk Garden and Regent’s Park, London. She has also worked extensively with Hampstead Theatre’s Heat & Light young company and IsoProductions both as a director and assistant director. In 2010 she worked with Arcola Theatre as an Energy and Sustainability Intern on their innovative Arcola Energy project.
Currently a PhD candidate (and visiting lecturer) at Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London, her research centres around the development and articulation of an ecological performance aesthetic as a way performance can foreground, engage and interrogate ecological relationships.
Along with creating new research-informed performances with Plantable, she currently convenes a Performance and Ecology Network, with Dan Barnard and Rachel Briscoe of fanSHEN, at the Young Vic, which connects theatre practitioners interested in engaging with ecology. Originally from Canada, her work there includes Ars Poetics (writer/director) for the London Fringe Festival and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (staged reading).
Rosie Leach is a theatre-maker, educator, researcher and gardener, interested in the transformative power of the arts and the alchemy that occurs when different worlds meet.
Following a dissertation exploring the role of art in social change for an MSc Environment and Development 2009, Rosie worked with Arcola Theatre‘s Sustainability and Community program, where she met Lisa Woynarski, and founded the Green Theatre Project in 2010 (now Green Stage).
Rosie has worked as a producer, director, performer, workshop facilitator, stage manager and production manager with companies including Burn the Curtain (2015) and Volcano Theatre (2013-14) and is trained in performance forms including Forum theatre, devising and outdoor arts with companies including Walk the Plank (2015), Community Music Wales (2015), National Theatre Wales (2013), Young Vic (2010), Quiconque (2010), Pleasance (2010), Active inquiry (2009) and National Youth Theatre (2003).
Education work includes devising and performing theatre workshops exploring food waste in primary schools as Education Development Officer with This is Rubbish’s Edible Education program (2014), delivering workshops for the Peaceful Schools program (2016) and leading practical workshops on environmental education with primary and secondary schools for Student Partnership Worldwide (now Restless Development) in Uganda (2004).
Research work includes AHRC funded Challenging Concepts of Liquid Place project with Central School of Speech and Drama (2014), exploring narratives of extreme weather and their reflection in performance; interviews with the Centre for Alternative Technology Oral History Project (2012-2014); interviews on the role of values in social change with Public Interest Research Centre (2012-2013) and oral history training with the British Library (2012).
Gardening work includes building a partnership with Cardiff community gardeners to grow and build an edible performance space (2013); co-founding, directing and gardening with Green Isle Growers (now Mach Maethlon) community-supported agriculture scheme (2012- 2016); and volunteering as a gardener at Centre for Alternative Technology and Garden Organic (2011).
Political campaigning work includes marching a thousand miles for a strong climate change bill with Cut the Carbon March (2007) and street performances on land-grabs with Oxfam (2013).
Rosie is currently a member of Culture Lab, a leadership program for artists and creatives in Wales advocating for the power of the arts in cultivating environmental and social wellbeing.