“The Climate Monologues”


Through interviews across the country and with original songs, this piece from Washington brings to life the voices of those who speak on climate change and energy and how it has personally affected them.


Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Environmental Educator

While studying singing in New York City in 1992, Sharon Abreu joined the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater environmental group and started using her voice to engage people on environmental issues. In 2000, Sharon started focusing on climate change. Her song Change in the Climate became Betsy Rosenberg's climate change theme song for her nationally-syndicated show EcoTalk on Air America radio.

In 2007, Sharon directed high school students in a performance of her climate change musical revue Penguins on Thin Ice at the United Nations for the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development. Meeting people like Ed Wiley, a grandfather and former coal miner in West Virginia, Sharon was moved to help their stories reach more people. This was the catalyst for the creation of The Climate Monologues. Sharon received the Spirit of Nature, Ecology & Society Environmental Justice Award for her performance of The Climate Monologues at the City University of New York Graduate Center during The Culture of Climate Change Colloquium. Sharon is half of the acoustic duo Irthlingz with her partner, Michael Hurwicz. Together they run the nonprofit Irthlingz Arts-Based Environmental Education.

Sharon studied acting in New York City and with Austin-based acting coach Paula Russell. After performing in a local production of The Vagina Monologues, Sharon was inspired to write and perform a one-woman show about climate change. She explains, "The Climate Monologues is like The Vagina Monologues in that they're both topics that make a lot of people uncomfortable, but if they come see the show, they'll be glad they did."