Art, Community, Ecology, and Health: Lanxing Fu

A part of the School of Performing Arts' Colloquium Series

Online | Interdisciplinary Events

March 26, 2020 at 4:00pm - 5:30pm

This presentation will occur using Zoom, a remote communications platform. Please contact Bob Leonard at bob.leonard@vt.edu to register for this particularly timely and worthwhile public exchange.


The School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech presents “Art, Community, Ecology, and Health,” a series of talks/workshops by nationally recognized artists and thought leaders on the power and practice of art and culture as essential elements of healthy communities.  These public presentations are meant to lead to open dialogue on the practical values of art as a core element for building strong communities. 

Lanxing Fu, a co-director of Superhero Clubhouse (SHC) will share her holistic approach to building climate justice through creative practice, using the tools of theater. In this 75 min interactive session, participants will sample Superhero Clubhouse’s practice through a brief version of their Eco-Performance Lab, originally created to model cross-disciplinary collaboration, exploring core tools of Eco-Theater including Impossible Questions, Imposed Limitations, and Tangible Hope.

Superhero Clubhouse is a community of artists and scientists engaged in a long-term experiment to understand how theater can help shift consciousness in the face of climate change and environmental injustice. At SHC Fu is the playwright and co-creator of Mammelephant (The New Ohio / HERE Arts Center), the program director of The Living Stage NYC (University Settlement), and a co-creator of "Pluto (no longer a play)" at The Brick, and "Jupiter (a play about power)" at La MaMa. She is also a lead teaching artist with Big Green Theater, an after-school eco-playwriting program in Bushwick. Her recent performances include: The Space Between the Letters (dir: Eva von Schweinitz, UTR at The Public), A Climate Clown Opera? (dir: Sarah Hughes, LPAC), 36 Peaks (dir: Sarah Cameron Sunde, Baryshnikov Arts Center). Her essays "Building Possibility in the Age of Climate Change" and "The Birth of a Climate Commons" are published on HowlRound. She has been a workshop facilitator and panelist with The New School, Asian American Arts Alliance, William Patterson University, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, and more. She is a member of TCG's Conference Committee on Climate. Fu earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, Science, and Environment degrees in 2014 at Virginia Tech. 

The School of Performing Arts Colloquium series is supported by the Blacksburg Public Library, Virginia Tech’s Women and Minority Artists and Scholars Lecture Series, the Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education, the Center for Communicating Science, the Community Change Collaborative, the Institute for Policy and Governance, Christiansburg Institute, Inc., and the Center for Humanities.

Other events in the School of Performing Arts' Colloquium Series

April 9 - Art, Community, Ecology, and Health: Brandi and Carlton Turner

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