Happy Planet Theatre
My Senior Project: Happy Planet Theatre
For Lyndsey's senior capstone project at Drexel University she teamed up with fellow Drexel Senior Elizabeth Friedman. Together they created the concept of Happy Planet Theatre.
Lyndsey and Lizzy wanted to create a low waste theatrical show because they knew first hand how wasteful the theatre industry could be and they wanted to set a precedent that sustainable art is possible.
Happy Planet Theatre was the name they operated under to produce a world premiere low waste theatre piece. They worked with Philly playwright Liv Shoup who so graciously created Natural Selection for Happy Planet Theatre.
Through this projects year long creation Lyndsey served as Co-Producer, Stage Manager and Production Manager. She crafted the budget which included venue rental, tech equipment, salary for actors and designers, and funds for all costumes props and set pieces, all of which were thrifted, borrowed or trashpicked.
Natural Selection premiered late November of 2021 in Drexel Park where they essentially had created a venue from the ground up. The production had a fully designed set and tech setup including mics and lighting. Because the performance was in a public park they had to strike and set up all of the equipment everyday. Lyndsey managed a team of 10 people during these strikes and load ins between the venue space and an offsite U-Haul.
Natural Selection was successfully performaed five times throughout the weekend and had a total turn out of 150 audience members.
Watch The Full Show Here!
Photos by Chloe Tolderlund