Environmental literary critic Anthony Lioi unpacks the work of environmentalist media and artists who grapple with global climate change.
Leigh Fondakowski - Original work as playwright/director includes, "Spill" (Swine Palace, TimeLine Theater Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and 2015 Kilroy List); "The People's Temple" (Berkeley Repertory Theatre, American Theater Company, The Guthrie Theater, and received the Glickman Award for Best New Play in the Bay Area 2005); "I Think I Like Girls," (Encore Theater, Bay Area Critics Circle nomination for Best Production, and voted one of the top 10 plays of 2002 by The Advocate). As a member of Tectonic Theater Project, Leigh was the Head Writer of "The Laramie Project," a co-writer of "The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later," and an Emmy-nominated co-screenwriter for the adaptation of "The Laramie Project" for HBO films. She is a 2007 recipient of the NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights, a 2009 Macdowell Colony Fellow, and a 2010 Distinguished Visiting Chair at the University of Minnesota, where she lectured and developed CASA CUSHMAN, a work-in-progress about 19th-century American actress Charlotte Cushman. She released "Stories from Jonestown", her first non-fiction book in 2013, and is currently adapting the book to film. She is a teaching artist at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and Naropa University.
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