Ecology and Sustainability in Theatre

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
206URD1 Z 2 English, Czech summer

Subject guarantor


Name of lecturer(s)

Michaela RÝGROVÁ

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course aims to:

  1. to familiarize students with the basic terminology and approaches in the field of ecology and sustainable development;
  2. introduce students to the possibilities of the application of ecological approaches and sustainable development in the arts with an emphasis on theater sector;
  3. and finally show the students practical examples of the application of ecology and sustainable approach in the field of performing arts.

Students completing the course will be able to take basic steps to a greener planning and operating within the performing arts.

Mode of study

Lectures, seminary paper and it's presentation.

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course contents

The course presents a seemingly new perspective on theatrical production. The production and its individual components, is here seen through the lens of ecology and sustainable development. The course focuses mainly on production and operation of the theater process (planning, production, operations, waste management, as well as marketing, PR and audience development). One of the main aspects of the monitored application of ecological / sustainable behavior in the theater there is economic profitability.


  1. Explanation of terms and a brief insight into the history.
  2. Connecting the ecology and sustainable development with arts.
  3. Ecology and sustainable development in the theater sector.
  4. Art and ecology - content.
  5. Art / theater and ecology - operations.
  6. Green Theater Plan, London theater network in the „green“ concept.
  7. Abroad case studies.
  8. Case studies from the Czech Republic.
  9. Production, manufacturing and operations by the optics of sustainable development and ecology.
  10. Production, manufacturing and operation through the lens of sustainable development and ecology.
  11. Practicum - preparation of student's own project (or application to the chose existing project), application of sustainable development and ecology methods.
  12. Summary / credit.

Recommended or required reading

Braungart, Michael; McDonough, William: Cradle to Cradle. Re-making the Way We Make Things. Londýn: Vintage Books, 2009. ISBN 978-0-099-53547-8

Day, Christopher: Duch a místo. Brno: ERA, 2004. ISBN: 80-86517-95-0

Gehl, Jan: Města pro lidi. Brno: Nadace Partnerství, 2012. ISBN: 978-80-260-2080-6

Kellogg, Scott; Pettigrew, Stacy: Toolbox for Sustainable City Living. Brooklyn: south end Press, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-89608-780-4

Lotter, Donald W.: EarthScore. Your Personal Environmental Audit & Guide. Lafayette: Jack Howell, 1993. ISBN: 0-9629069-6-4

Michel, Karen: Green Guide for Artists. Beverly: Quarry, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-1-59253-518-7

Thorpe, Ann: The Designer's Atlas of Sustainability. Washington DC: Island Press, 2007. ISBN-10: 1-59726-100-9

Weintraub, Linda; Schuckmann, Skip: Cycle-Logical art. Recycling Matters for Eco-Art. Rhinebeck: Artnow Publications, 2007. ISBN: 0-9777421-5-6

Weintraub, Linda; Schuckmann, Skip: ECOcentric Topics. pioneering Themes for Eco-Art. Rhinebeck: Artnow Publications, 2006. ISBN: 0-9777421-4-8

Weintraub, Linda; Schuckmann, Skip: EnvironMentalities. Twenty-Two Approaches to Eco-Art. Rhinebeck: Artnow Publications, 2007. ISBN: 0-9777421-7-2

Williams, Daniel E.: Sustainable Design. Ecology, Architecture, and Planning. Hoboken: john Wiley & Sons, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-471-70953-4

Assessment methods and criteria


Further information

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2020/2021:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2020/2021:

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
12.03.2021 10:00–13:00 Michaela RÝGROVÁ
26.03.2021 10:00–13:00 Michaela RÝGROVÁ
09.04.2021 10:00–13:00 Michaela RÝGROVÁ
30.04.2021 10:00–13:00 Michaela RÝGROVÁ
14.05.2021 10:00–13:00 Michaela RÝGROVÁ
28.05.2021 10:00–13:00 Michaela RÝGROVÁ

The subject is a part of the following study plans