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On the Environment: A Roundtable
four diverse women

Caridad Svich: What current or past projects [of yours] come to the surface that are specifically related to the theme of this issue?

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is an award-winning playwright and opera librettist whose work has been produced around the world. Opera libretti include Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant (music by Evan Meier), and Town Hall (music by Theo Popov). Lewis is a member of OPERA America and the Dramatists Guild. She is currently the Mellon Foundation Playwright-in-Residence at Artists Repertory Theater. She lives and writes on her family’s farm in Oregon.

Erika Dickerson-Despenza
Erika Dickerson-Despenza

is a Blk, queer feminist poet-playwright & cultural-memory worker from Chicago, Illinois. Awards: Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award (2020), Thom Thomas Award (2020), Lilly Award (2020), Barrie and Bernice Stavis Award (2020), Steinberg Playwright Award (2020), Princess Grace Playwriting Award (2019). Select stage plays include: cullud wattahshadow/land, and [hieroglyph].

Woman watching rehearsal

is a playwright and translator whose work focuses on the intersection of science, policy, art, and climate change. She is currently at work on a series of eight plays that look at the social and environmental changes taking place in the eight Arctic states. In 2019, she was named one of “8 Trailblazers Who Are Changing the Climate Conversation” by Audubon Magazine.

Caridad Svich
Caridad Svich

received the 2023 Flora Roberts Award, the Premio LATA for Special Achievement in Theatrical Adaptation, and the 2012 Obie for Lifetime Achievement. She is an inductee into the 2023 class of the College of Fellows of American Theatre. Published works include JARMAN (all this maddening beauty) and other plays (Intellect UK, 2016) and Toward a Future Theatre (Methuen Drama, 2022). She serves as Co-Artistic Director of New Works at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York City.