Sharon Abreu

After she joined New York’s Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Sharon Abreu’s passions for music and environmental health merged and she began devoting her voice to environmental awareness.

Sharon has performed in concert with legendary folk singer, Pete Seeger and for Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai. 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 1999, Sharon and her partner Michael Hurwicz satisfied New York State academic standards for science to perform their musical environmental show Turn the World Upside-Down in the New York City public schools through the Brooklyn Arts Council. In 2002, after moving to Washington State, they created Irthlingz Arts-Based Environmental Education. In 2007, Sharon directed high school students who performed their musical revue Penguins on Thin Ice at the U.N. In 2009, Sharon and Michael performed at the Earth Matters on Stage Eco-Drama Festival and Symposium at the University of Oregon, Eugene. Sharon and Michael are also the Irthlingz acoustic music duo.

Sharon received the Spirit of Nature, Ecology & Society Environmental Justice Award in 2011 for her performance of The Climate Monologues at the City University of New York Graduate Center’s Culture of Climate Change Colloquium.

In 2015, Sharon decided to take The Climate Monologues to "the next level," not knowing exactly what that would be. A few months later, in March 2016, she was performing a short version of the show in the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival. And now Sharon is very excited to be coming home to New York to perform a short version of the show in the United Solo Theatre Festival on September 24, 2016!

In New York, Sharon created the role of Nancy in Eric Nord’s musical drama Unrealities about the life of e.e. cummings, and the role of Barbara in the play Your Emotional Baggage is a Steamer Trunk at the Westbeth Theater. She has performed lead roles in operas including Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute. Sharon was “Waffle from Belgium” and “Teaklebird Fishholler” in the character-driven improv-comedy quintet Whatever4 at Caroline’s Comedy Club, the New York Buskers Fare, and the Streets Ahead Festival in England. She performed in the Opera is Fun program in public schools throughout the New York metropolitan area.

In Washington State, Sharon starred as Kaye in the musical The Taffetas in summer stock in Bellingham and Orcas Island, a completely sold-out run. She performed in a local tour of The Vagina Monologues, which inspired her to create The Climate Monologues.

She was featured on Joel Landy’s nationally award-winning Songs of Freedom show on Manhattan Neighborhood Network. Her songs have been played on radio stations across the U.S., including WFUV (Woody’s Children) and WBAI (Eco-Logic & Wake Up Call) in New York, WRUW in Ohio, WGLT in Illinois, WLRN in Miami, KUNI in Iowa, KBAI, KSVR and KSER in Washington State, and KMUD in California.

Sharon was featured in University of Minnesota Professor Mark Pedelty’s book Ecomusicology (2012), and there will be a chapter devoted to The Climate Monologues in Pedelty’s book, A Song to Save the Salish Sea: Environmentalist Musicians in the Pacific Northwest, scheduled for release in the fall of 2016.