Performance for Resilience

Engaging Youth on Energy and Climate through Music, Movement, and Theatre

  • Beth Osnes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Beth Osnes
    Pages 1-16
  3. Beth Osnes
    Pages 135-150
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 151-158

About this book


This book focuses on Shine, a musical performance about how energy, humanity, and climate are interrelated. Weaving together climate science and artistic expression, it results in a funny and powerful story spanning 300 million years. The first half is professionally script

ed, composed, and choreographed to convey how our use of fossil fuels is impacting our climate. The second half - our future story - is authored by local youth to generate solutions for their city’s resilience. In rehearsing the musical, participants themselves embody aspects of climate science and human development. Ultimately, it demonstrates that performance can be a dynamic tool for youth to contribute to their community’s resilience.

Educators can use this book to guide youth in creative expression based on (or inspired by) Shi

ne. Included are the script, links to the music and video of the performance, materials for building curricula, interviews with collaborators, and lessons learned along Shine’s year-long international tour.


Performance Studies Theatre Environmental Design Environmental Studies Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities Initiative Local Communities Climate Energy Humanity Youth Engagement

Authors and affiliations

  • Beth Osnes
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Colorado BoulderBoulderUSA

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