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Ecocriticism in Theatre Studies

Bibliography (1991-2014)

Note: by no means comprehensive; full citation info not included.

The many articles and authors whose work is part of an anthology or special journal issue on ecological theatre are not included in the list of articles. See the table of contents of those volumes and journals for additional and important sources.


Monographs and collaborative editions:

Bottoms, Stephen. Small Acts of Repair: Performance, Ecology and Goat Island.  2007.

Boehrer, Bruce Thomas. Environmental degradation in Jacobean drama. 2013.

Chauhuri, Una and Shonni Enelow.  Research Theatre, Climate Change, and the Ecocide Project. Palgrave, 2014.

Chaudhuri, Una. Staging Place: The Geography of Modern Drama. 1995.

Chaudhuri, Una and Holly Hughes. Animal Acts: Performing Species Today. U Michigan P, 2014.

Cless, Downing. Ecology and Environment in European Drama. Routledge, 2011.

Egan, Gabriel. Green Shakespeare: from ecopolitics to ecocriticism. Routledge, 2006.

Estok, Simon. Ecocriticism and Shakespeare: reading ecophobia. Palgrave, 2011.

French, William W.  Maryat Lee's EcoTheater: A Theater for the Twenty-first Century. West Virginia U P, 1998.

Fried, Larry and Theresa J. May. Greening Up Our Houses: A Guide to a More Ecologically Sound Theatre. Drama Books, 1994.

Heinlein, Kurt Gerard. Green Theatre - Promoting Ecological Preservation and Advancing the Sustainability of Humanity and Nature. VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller e.K. 2007.

Jones, Ellen. A Practical Guide to Greener Theatre. Focal Press, 2013.

Kershaw, Baz. Theatre Ecology: Environments and Performance Events. Cambridge U P, (2009).

Marranca, Bonnie. Ecologies of Theater: Essays at the Century Turning. PAJ Books, 1996.

May, Theresa. Salmon Is Everything: Community-based theatre in the Klamath Watershed. Oregon State U Press, 2014.

Osnes, Beth. Theatre for Women's Participation in Sustainable Development, Routledge, 2013.

Sullivan, Garrett. The Drama of Landscape, Stanford U P, 1999.

Witham, Barry.  A Sustainable Theatre: Jasper Deeter at Hedgerow, Palgrave, 2013.


Edited Volumes on ecocritical approaches to theatre and performance

Arons, Wendy, and Theresa J. May, eds. Readings in Performance & Ecology. Palgrave, 2012.

Besel, Richard D. and Jnan A. Blau, eds.  Performance on Behalf of the Environment. Lexington Books, 2014.

Chaudhuri, Una and Elinor Fuchs, eds.  Land/Scape/Theater, U Michigan P, 2002.

Cool, Guy and Pascal Gielen, eds. The ethics of art: ecological turns in the performing arts. Valiz/Antennae, 2014.

Dawes, Birgit and Marc Maufort, eds.  Enacting Nature: Ecocritical Perspectives on Indigenous Performance. Peter Lang, 2014.

Giannachi, Gabriella and Stewart Nigel, eds. Performing Nature:  Explorations in Ecology and the Arts. Peter Lang, 2005.

Margolies, Eleanor and Wallace Heim. Landing Stages. The Ashden Directory, 2014.

Szerszynski, Bronislaw, Wallace Heim and Claire Waterton, eds. Nature Performed: Environment, Culture and Performance. Blackwell, 2004.


FULL Journal issues dedicated to ecocriticism in theatre/performance studies:

Note: the articles in these journals are not part of stand-alone article list below.

Canadian Theatre Review 144 (Fall 2010 special issue “Theatre in an Age of Eco Crisis”). Guest editors Nelson Grey and Shelia Rabillard

Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism (supplemental section).  Spring 2006. John Gronbeck Tedesco, ed.

Performance Research: A Journal of Performing Arts. “On Ecology”, 2012.

Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance (RiDE), Vol. 17: 2, 2012 (on Environmentalism). Guest editors Sally Mackey and Dee Heddon.

TDR Spring 2007 (special issue on animals in/and performance). Guest editor Una Chaudhuri.

Theater 25:1 (Summer 1994). Erika Monk, ed. Guest editor Una Chaudhuri.

Theatre Topics. Fall 2007 (special issue on ecotheatre). Johanthan Chambers, ed. Guest editor Wendy Arons.


Stand Alone Articles & Chapters:

Arons, Wendy.  ”Beyond the Nature/Culture Divide”  Theatre Historiography:  Critical Interventions. Henry Bial and Scott Magelssen, eds.  U of Michigan P (2010): 148-161.

Arons, Wendy. “Queer Ecology/Contemporary Plays” Theatre Journal December 2012.

Arons, Wendy and Theresa J. May. “Ecodramaturgy in/of Contemporary Women Playwritghts” Women Playwrights: into the Twenty-first Century. Palgrave. (2014): 181-198.

Chaudhuri, Una. “Animal Rites: Performing beyond the Human” Critical Theory and Performance. Janelle G. Reinelt and Joseph R. Roach, eds. U of Michigan P (2007): 506-520.

Chaudhuri, Una. “Animal Acts for Changing Times” American Theater, October 2004.

Chaudhuri, Una. “Zoo Stories: ‘Boundary-Work’ in Theatre History” Redefining Theatre History. Ed. W.B. Worthen and Peter Holland. Palgrave, 2004.

Chaudhuri, Una. “Animal Geographies: Zooësis and the Space of Modern Drama” Modern Drama XLVI:4 (Winter 2003): 646-662.

Chaudhuri, Una.  “AWK!” Extremity, Animality and the Aesthetic of Awkwardness” The Undiscovered Country: The Later Plays of Tennessee Williams, ed. Philip Kolin, (New York: Peter Lang, 2002): 54-67.

Chaudhuri, Una.  “Sniff Art.” Review of “On the Scent” TDR, Summer 2004

Cless, Downing.  “Ecology vs. Economy in Robert Schenkkan’s The Kentucky Cycle” The Journal of American Drama and Theatre 8:2 (Spring, 1996): 59-72.

Cless, Downing.“Eco-Theatre, USA: The Grassroots Is Greener” TDR 40:2 (Summer 1996): 79-102.

Gray, Nelson. “The Murmuring-In-Between: Eco-centric Politics of The Girl Who Swam Forever” Theatre Research in Canada 31:2 (2010): 193-207.

Fancy, David. “Geoperformativity Immanence, performance and the earth” Performance Research 16: 4, 2011: 62-72.

Harpin, Anna. “Land of Hope and Glory: Jez Butterworth’s Tragic Landscape” Studies in Theatre and Performance Vol. 31, No. 1, 2011: 61-73.

Harrison, Jan. “Singing in Animal Tongues” PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, 2011.

Lynn Jacobson. “Confessions of an Eco Reporter: Green Theater.” American Theatre 8: 1992.

Kershaw, Baz. “Ecoactivist Performance: The Environment As Partner in Protest?” TDR 46:1, 2002: 118-130.

Mackey, Sally. “Performance, place and allotments: Feast or famine?” Contemporary Theatre Review 17:2, 2007: 181-191.

May, Theresa J. “’Consequences unforeseen . . .’ in Raisin in the Sun and Caroline, or Change” Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism XX.2 (Spring 2006).  *

May, Theresa J. “Greening the Theatre: Taking Ecocriticism from Page to Stage” Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies Fall 2005: 84-103.

May, Theresa J. “The Ecology of Willy Loman” New England Theatre Journal 14 (2004): 63-76.

May, Theresa J. ““Bahktin on Site: Chronotopes in Theatre in the Wild’s Dragon Island."  On-Stage Studies 22 (1999):19-38.

May, Theresa J. “Frontiers: Environmental History, Ecocriticism and The Kentucky Cycle” Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 14:1 (Spring 1999): 159-178.

May, Theresa J.  “Taking the Cage Out of the Gaze: Perception, Wilderness and the New Zoo.” Theatre Insight 10:2 (1999).

O'Brien, Karen. “A Symbiotic Relationship: The Works of Martin McDonagh and Ecocriticism,” In Patrick Lonergan, The Theatre and Films

O'Brien, Karen. “Collaborative Ecology in Martin McDonagh’s The  Cripple of Inishmaan,” “Out of the Earth”: Ecocritical Readings of  Irish Texts. Ed. Christine L. Cusick. Cork: Cork University Press, 2010. 189-204, 242-244.

Parameswaran, Ameet. “Zooësis and ‘Becoming with’ in India: The ‘Figure’ of Elephant in Sahyande Makan: The Elephant Project” Theatre Research International 39:1, 2014: 5-19.

Ryan, Courtney. “Playing with Plants” Theatre Journal 65: 3 (October 2013): 335-353.

Sarco-Thomas, M.  ‘‘Improvising in Ruyang: Community Art as Ecological Practice’, Journal of Arts and Communities, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2009: 45–68

Standing, Sarah.  “From the Redwood Forest.” American Theater, February 2005.

Sweeting, Adam and Thomas C. Crochunis. “Performing the Wild: Rethinking Wilderness and Theater Spaces.” Beyond Nature Writing: Expanding the Boundaries of Ecocriticism. Ed. Karla Armbruster and Kathleen R. Wallace. 325-340.


Blogs and Websites, etc.

Jeremy Pickard, "On Eco-theatre,” TCG Blog:

Slagle, Dillon. "The Aesthetic Evolution of Eco Theater,” HowlRound Blog: >

Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts:

Earth Matters on Stage Ecodrama Festival:

Green Theatre Choices Toolkit: Mo’ello Theatre, San Diego, CA. 2009.

The Ashden Directory: &

 Ashdenizen blog:


Facebook pages:

Artists and Climate Change (managed by Chantal  Bilodeau)

Theatre Makers Against Climate Change (managed by Alison Carey)

(The blogs and sites above also have Facebook pages)

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