We aim to produce new works, re-invent classics, and give emerging eco artists a full production of works previously produced outside of New York City.
Our take on these classics and the new works we discover can be catagorized as Eco Theater.
Eco Theater is about the connection between humanity and nature. It incorporates environmental issues as stories, themes, or characters. These works usually aim to raise awareness or promote change.
9TTC makes proactive decisions in our administrative work: we run 95% digitally and are close to having a zero waste output. We rely on sunlight, but use energy-efficient lighting when needed. 9TTC is constantly learning about new eco-friendly procurement options that inform our administrative work.
Our staff works remotely, when possible, and remains in contact through conference calls, web meetings, and weekly staff meetings in found spaces.
We have been meeting with architects and designers specializing in sustainability and green building to begin a dialogue about a future home that represents us: the collision of the environment and arts in New York City. There are some very exciting things planned for our future home!
By working as volunteers within the community we have taken steps to clean up city
parks. We also educate New Yorkers about sustainability, eco theatre, the role of the environment
in the arts, green procurement options, and the importance of ecological stewardship in our lives.
As we stand for the arts and the environment, so do our partners and sponsors. Companies such as LUSH handmade cosmetics, Peak Organic Brewing Company, Green Bag, The Greene Grape, AuH20, Shetler Studios, Materials for the Arts, Grand Wine & Liquor, and Bar 89 know that by working together we can use the arts to address our planet's growing ecological issues
“Sustainability, eco-friendly, organic, and green are not just buzz words. They are a transformation of our modern life. Sustainability is the next step as the human footprint has expanded beyond our world’s ability to support us. We at 9TTC understand this and acknowledge that we must take responsibility; it’s time to act. As artists we consume thousands of products and it is our job to ensure that what we expend makes the least impact possible.”
– Jeff Burroughs, Founding Artistic Director
What We Do
Each season celebrates an ecological theme and frames our programmatic work for the year.
Our work is produced in a sustainable manner by artists who have experience working with earth-friendly materials. When necessary, we take the time to educate designers and artists about newfound ways to create environmentally responsible art. Many designers in New York City have never utilized found materials wharehouses, such as Materials for the Arts, which provides non-profits with recycled materials (paints, wood, fabrics, etc.) that have been donated or recovered from landfills and dumpsters. By introducing our artists to resources such as Material for the Arts, Craiglist, Freecycle and local "trash" facilities, we ensure that materials used for our productions are reused or repurposed.
9TTC produces works in outdoor, found or abandoned spaces to create a theater experience that is also educational; patrons learn how to present art without massive energy and materials use. We applaud arts organizations with the financial resources to build their own LEED certified arts facilities. However, we firmly believe that there's nothing greener than repurposing an old space for cultural and educational interaction.
We aim to share resources and performing space with like-minded artists, organizations and corporations, building a community of Americans dedicated to limited expenditure of new resources.
At 9TTC, we understand that auto transit contributes harmful carbon emissions that pollute our air and aid ozone layer depletion. In an effort to combat global warming and repair our city's atmosphere, staff and artists walk, bike, and rely on rail transportation for travel needs. We encourage our patrons to use mass transit to our events. Also we offset carbon emitted from the transport of any of our artists residing outside the New York region.