Teaching Artist Residency
ACTion: Heart of Europe
24 day journey through Czech, Slovakia, and Austria. 

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This project is an opportunity to:

• Explore diverse cultures and terrain

• Engage with local communities through service projects

• Empower local youth through theatrical education (acting and playwriting)

• Workshop with local artists and theatre companies

• Learn from guest lecturers at on-site universities

• Collaborate with professional artists on devised theatre pieces

• Perform original pieces at Abingdon Theatre in midtown Manhattan

Ready for a
dramatic adventure?
This is what you can expect:
Start the adventure in one of Europe’s top destination cities: Prague, a place where cutting-edge art blooms amidst medieval towers. Explore endless exhibitions and historical sites on your way to visit classics such as the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, the Astronomical Clock, and the Dancing House — just to name a few! See a show at the world-renowned Laterna Magika Theatre with your cast and begin your own devised theatrical process with director-led rehearsals and workshops with DAT’s resident playwright. Prepare for upcoming service work with teaching artist workshops led by DAT’s director of education as well as other DAT training sessions led by DAT’s experienced team, all on-site in one of the greatest artistic hubs of Europe.

For more information about Prague via Wikipedia, click HERE.

After a scenic train ride through Bohemia, arrive in Bratislava — Slovakia’s thriving capital city. The city’s quaint Old Town, cobblestoned streets, lively sidewalk cafes, 18th Century rococo buildings, and Bratislava Castle set the stage for further development of your cast’s piece. Get to know Slovak culture through traditional folk dancing lessons and lectures on history and contemporary topics with local university professors. Here you’ll also apply your teacher artist training in the classroom with Biele Divadlo, a local company that brings theatre education to children from low-income families and orphanages. See a play at the National Theatre, workshop with a local Bratislava theatre company, and dine with some of the country’s top performance artists.

For more information about Bratislava via Wikipedia, click HERE.
Roma Village

Leave the city behind for the majestic peaks of the High Tatra Mountains, where each cast will get settled in one of three Roma “Gypsy” communities. One of Europe’s most historically marginalized populations, the Romani make up Slovakia’s largest disenfranchised community. Their rich culture exists today amidst striking poverty, with Eastern Slovakia representing some of the worst conditions in Europe. Working closely with ETP Slovensko, an organization that empowers Roma communities through job training and arts education, casts will engage in a series of workshops with local youth designed to facilitate the process of writing, directing, and performing original theatre pieces for their community. Some casts will also work with Slumdog Theatre, a small company dedicated to creating and touring theatre pieces that represent issues facing the Romani. In addition, casts will have the opportunity to engage in other types of service work, depending upon the unique needs of each community.

For more information about Roma in Slovakia via Wikipedia, click HERE.
During this week, take two days off from teaching and service work to further develop your devised piece in the nearby village of Levoča. This charming town, still surrounded by its ancient walls, is known for its ornately decorated St. James Church, home of the largest wooden gothic alter in all of Europe. This masterpiece was carved by Slovakian folk hero, Master Pavel, whose incredible wooden sculptures are also featured in a local museum dedicated to his work. On the way to Levoča, we will also visit the breathtaking Spis Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is one of the largest castles in all of Central Europe.

For more information about Levoča via Wikipedia, click HERE.

Put the finishing touches on your cast’s piece in this beautiful mountain town. The fresh air and beautiful views of this pastoral setting make it the perfect place for both rehearsing and relaxing. These final days in Slovakia will be split between white water rafting, gazing at the stalactites of Belianska Cave, hiking gorgeous mountain trails, and finalizing your theatre pieces.

For more information about Ž diar via Wikipedia, click HERE.

Complete your Central European trek in classically regal Vienna, a city known for generating some of history’s most innovative artists and thinkers. Mozart, Strauss, Freud, and Klimt are only a few of the dynamic creators who once called Vienna their home. While in Austria’s vibrant capital, casts will share their piece at an invitational preview performance and teach an advanced theatre workshop with gifted children in the city centre. With the time that’s left, enjoy the famous Belvedere museum or any combination of the hundreds of exhibitions, historical landmarks, concerts, and theatrical performances that Vienna has to offer.

For more information about Vienna via Wikipedia, click HERE.
ACTion: Heart of Europe FEST!

A showcase of inspired creativity.

All participants of ACTion: Heart of Europe will return to NYC to reunite with their fellow traveling artists and to both rehearse and perform their final pieces at Abingdon Theatre in midtown Manhattan. This festival of short plays is designed to celebrate the spirit of adventure. The work of each cast will reflect their unique experiences in the 'Heart of Europe' and will bring awareness to this region. The NYC festival offers the opportunity to showcase your work for the NYC theatre community and is also a great opportunity for artists to interview for future staff positions with DAT.

For more information about ACTion Fest, click HERE.

Currently seeking actors
Dramatic Adventure Theatre is carefully selecting up to 30 actors from across the US and around the world to be a part of 2013's ACTion project.   DAT is looking for talented actors who have a strong desire to explore devised theatre, engage with foreign cultures, and make a positive impact in the lives of hundreds of youth across the 'Heart of Europe'.

Actors will be strategically placed in one of 5 casts based on their skill sets and our casting needs.
Each cast will consist of 1 director, 1 road manager/translator, and approximately 6 actors.


When is this happening?
Actors will travel July 11 - August 3
Actors must also be available for a week of festival performances in NYC: August 5 - 11

Cost of participation
Actors: €3075* EURO/ $3950* USD
. *DAT Alumni qualify to receive a €150 EURO/ $200 USD ACTion grant to be used towards the cost of participation.
NOTE: Your participation costs include your lodging expenses, one meal per day, all ground transportation, activities, insurance, and more. However, the cost of participation does not include additional meals, your flight, or any expenses in NYC. Please also note that due to the nature of this project, there are no refunds. For a more detailed breakdown, contact Executive Director Mary K. - maryk@dramaticadventure.com


Schedule an online audition today!
Email casting@dramaticadventure.com. Please include your headshot and resume.
We look forward to hearing from you!

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