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The Kitchen Theatre Company seeks to be a leader in the community and the industry for creating more eco-friendly practices and behaviors. We innovate creative solutions for producing theatre that reduces our carbon footprint.

Interested in being a partner in our efforts? Email Cary Bland Simpson at


As a green organization, we are committed to...

  • Promoting principles of energy and resource efficiency

  • Using products from local sources that are recycled, recyclable, biodegradable, and sustainable. 

  • Exercising practical applications of waste reduction and pollution prevention

  • Reducing emissions from all theatre-related activities and decreasing our overall footprint

  • Being advocates in our industry for sustainability and green practices

  • Educating others about ways in which they can be greener and providing a forum to continue the conversation



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Thanks to the Park Foundation for helping to launch our Green Initiative and to the Fred L. Emerson Foundation, John Ben Snow Foundation, and New York State Council on the Arts for their additional support.

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In Action

Set Reuse

With a a little extra storage and planning, we were able to reuse pieces from The Roommate (Jan-Feb 2019) in our production of Tribes (June 2019) and The Children (September 2019). We transformed the full kitchen counter from The Roommate into an island, a single counter for Tribes, and a kitchen sink counter for The Children. We reused shelving unites in both shows and will be using them again in future seasons. With every piece we build, we continue to look ahead to see what can be reused and reenvisioned for future projects. 

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The Roommate

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The Children

Set & Prop Catalogue

We have created an online catalog of our set and prop pieces, allowing our designers who travel from down the road to as far as over seas to pick from our collections prior to personally entering into the theatre spaces. For our productions of Tribes, our early knowledge of the rug positions meant that we were able to conserve materials and resources by not flooring the areas under the rugs. 

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Recent Achievements


  • ​Received support from the Park Foundation for the creation of an Online Stock Database—a comprehensive inventory of the Kitchen’s set pieces, props, and costumes. This database is shared with designers, allowing us to reuse more materials and goods and reduce unnecessary travel and shipping. 

  • Received foundation support from The Fred L. Emerson Foundation, The Jon Ben Snow Foundation, and NYSCA to upgrade our lighting equipment to more energy efficient LEDs which will be integrated into our system over the next season. 

  • Received funds from New York State and a donation of in-­kind services that will allow us to build a storage unit behind our building. With more storage, the production team can hold onto items for longer periods of time and create ways of working them into more shows rather than taking them directly to the dump for lack of space.

  • Newly established relationship with local non-profit, Ithaca ReUse. Stay tuned for further details...


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