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Ian Garrett

Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts (US) / York University (CA)
Assistant Professor of Ecological Design for Performance
Toronto, Canada Area
Ian Garrett is designer, producer, educator, and researcher in the field of sustainability in arts and culture. Ian is the co-founder and director of the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts (C Ian Garrett is designer, producer, educator, and researcher in the field of sustainability in arts and culture. Ian is the co-founder and director of the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts (CSPA), a leader in the conversation on sustainability and the arts, and is an Assistant Professor of Ecological Design for Performance at York University in Toronto. He is a member of USITT, OISTAT and ADC, and is associate curator for the US entry into the 2015 Prague Quadrennial. Ian is a trustee and Vice Chair of the Board for DanceUSA, the national service organization for dance, where he serves on the Executive, Technology, and chairs the Programming committees. He received his BA in architectural studies and art history from Rice University and his MFA in producing and lighting design from the California Institute of the Arts. Ian’s writing include the monograph Arts, the Environment, and Sustainability for the Americans for the Arts’s New Community Visions Initiative; The Carbon Footprint of Theatrical Production, published in Readings in Performance and Ecology, from Palgrave McMilian, and the paper Theatre is No Place for a Plant in Landing Stages from the Ashden Directory. Garrett chaired the conferences Sustainability in Theatre and Staging Sustainability, 2014, and served as sustainability programme coordinator for World Stage Design (WSD) in Cardiff, Wales. At WSD 2013 he led the selection committee for the temporary sustainable theatre project built for that event, the Willow Theatre. He has spoken on arts and the environment, arts infrastructure, and new models of training at conferences hosted by St. Louis University, Brown University, Live Design International, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), DanceUSA, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Americans for the Arts, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In 2007, he received the Richard E. Sherwood Award for emerging theater artists from the Center Theater Group (CTG) for the integration of ecologically sustainable practice into theater production. In 2009 and 2010 respectively, Ian traveled to COP15 in Copenhagen and COP16 in Cancun to document the artistic responses to these global climate talks. With the CSPA, he has been featured in American Theatre, DramaBiz, and on Inhabitat.com.