Mo`olelo’s Executive Artistic Director, Seema Sueko, is in Washington, DC on a working sabbatical at Arena Stage (read about it here). Here’s her latest dispatch from DC.
It was so wonderful to see Alison Whitelaw, Vice President of Mo`olelo’s Board of Trustees, and her husband Gilbert Cooke, at Arena Stage this week. They met the leadership of Arena and toured the building.
Among the projects I’m exploring at Arena is advancing Mo`olelo’s work on developing a green metrics for theatrical production. Back in 2009, Mo`olelo developed the Green Theater Choices Toolkit, which has since been used by theaters and universities on five continents, from Broadway to South Africa, Ashland to Manila, and London to Tasmania. You may read about our greening work here.
Alison is a LEED-Accredited Architect and Senior Principal at Platt/Whitelaw Architects. She also Chairs Mo`olelo’s Greening Committee. She has been spearheading our latest work to develop a method to measure the environmental impact of a production. While at Arena, she and Gil, who is the Dean of the NewSchool of Architecture and Design, met with Octavia Driscoll, Production Coordinator. They reviewed current materials tracking processes and brainstormed around green theater metrics.
We have a long way to go toward greening the theater industry, but conversations such as the one Alison, Gil and Octavia had this week, take us one step closer.