The Theater Industry Greens up its Act with Broadway Green Alliance’s Rebekah Sale

December 24, 2014

Though Rebekah is a real city kid — a third-generation native New Yorker — she spent my summers in the woods of upstate New York communing with nature. Her father, the writer Kirkpatrick Sale, was a deep ecologist and highlighted humans’ arrogance when it came to the natural world. After college Rebekah got a job organizing Earth Day 1990 and working on a pro-recycling, anti-incinerator campaign with the New York Public Interest Research Group. At the time, the NYC Department of Sanitation was not at all supportive of recycling. At the same time, Rebekah has always been a theatre fan and has gone to Broadway shows for as long as she can remember. She left NYPIRG to work for Broadway producer Rocco Landesman at Jujamcyn Theaters. Rebekah then took 10 years off of full time work to raise her two daughters. When she heard from a former colleague of hers from Jujamcyn (Jennifer Hershey, who is the co-chair of the BGA’s Venues Committee) that the BGA was looking for someone with both theater and environmental experience to become its coordinator it seemed like a great fit. Environmental organizing in the New York theater community is a perfect job for Rebekah’s experience and her interests.