Donyale Werle Receives the Green Broadway Award

by Stage Directions

The Green Broadway Award for an Individual was awarded to Scenic Designer Donyale Werle in acknowledgement of her exceptional leadership in the theatre community’s ongoing initiatives to become greener

The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) announces that Donyale Werle is the recipient of the 2019 Green Broadway Award for an individual. Werle received the award in recognition of her work to incorporate sustainability into all of her sets to make set designing greener. Charlie Deull, co-chair of the BGA, presented the Green Broadway Award at the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) 2019 Conference and Stage Expo. Here is a video describing BGA’s work and about Werle’s achievements: 

The Green Broadway Award honors an individual, show, or organization for outstanding achievement in making Broadway more environmentally friendly. The first Green Broadway Award was given to Jujamcyn Theaters in 2015, the second to David Stone in 2017, and the Green Broadway Award for an organization was given to Disney Theatrical Productions earlier this year.

Werle’s achievements include:

  • Creating Tony Award-winning sets using mostly salvaged, found, and recycled materials.
  • Building set models out of greener materials, such as recyclable cardboard boxes, instead of unsustainable materials.
  • Co-chairing the BGA’s Pre-Production Committee.
  • Being a passionate advocate and teacher for sustainable theater and leading panels at conventions, such as USITT, SETC, and BroadwayCon.
  • Being an innovator and role model for other set designers, as well as the entire theater community.

Further information from The Broadway Green Alliance:

About The Broadway Green Alliance
The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) educates, motivates, and inspires the entire theatre community and its patrons to implement environmentally friendlier practices. The BGA (formerly Broadway Goes Green) was launched in 2008 as an ad hoc committee of The Broadway League and has become a fiscal program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The BGA brings together all segments of the theatre community, including producers, Broadway and Off-Broadway theatres in New York and around the country, college drama programs, theatrical unions and their members, and related businesses. Working closely with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the BGA identifies and disseminates better practices for theatre professionals and reaches out to theatre fans throughout the country, and through alliances, internationally.