The Chicago Green Theatre Alliance encourages, educates, and motivates theatres and theatre professionals to work together to adopt more environmentally-friendly practices in all aspects of their work.

Join our Facebook group or follow us on Twitter @ChiGreenTheatre and use the hashtag #chigreentheatre to share your greening efforts.

Read the CGTA June Email

Green Tip of the Week: Company travel: consolidate theatre errands as much as possible; consider an organizational membership to a car share organization; lessen air travel. Click to Tweet

Next Chicago Green Theater Alliance Meeting

Tuesday, November 19, 5:30 – 7PM
Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave.
Help us make Chicago theatre greener! Join us for the next meeting of the Chicago Green Theatre Alliance and help push our CGTA initiatives forward. We’ll gather to hear a guest speaker, and share new ideas and bright spots. Actors, administrators, designers, technicians, stage managers, production managers and anyone that is interested in helping Chicago theatres adopt more environmentally-friendly practices is welcome!
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CGTA Pop Up Costume Swap

Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19, 10AM – 5PM
Sheldon Patinkin Theatre, 72 E. 11th St.
FREE Costume and Clothing SWAP sponsored by the Chicago Green Theatre Alliance and Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department.

Bring costumes, clothing and accessories that you no longer want or need.

Take costumes, clothing and accessories for free.

Use items from the SWAP on stage, at home or save for later. Just help us keep these items from the landfill.

All wearable pieces will be accepted. All leftover pieces will be donated.

Please note we are NOT collecting other materials (e-waste, batteries, etc) at this event.

The SWAP will be in the Sheldon Patinkin Theatre on the lower level of 72 E. 11th St. The space is accessible by elevators and ramps. Metered street parking is available on 11th St and Wabash Ave. The theatre is two blocks from the Roosevelt EL Station and 5 blocks from the Van Buren EL Station.

Resources and Tips

Here are some local and national resources that can help with recycling, upcycling, buying greener products or learning more about how to be greener.


Based on research, literature review and the needs and interests expressed by the theatre community, the following provides a guide to theatre greening practices. Organized by shop or department, the tips below represent a range of suggestions and tools to improve a theatre’s environmental performance; the most important thing being to simply get started. One of the barriers to getting started is the overwhelming amount of information contained in three tool kits: Julie’s Bicycle IG Tools, NRDC/BGA Greening Advisor and Mo’olelo toolkit. What follows is a compilation of some of the most easily implemented tips culled from all three toolkits.


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