Happy International Volunteer Day!

Since DAT’s founding, 6 years ago, we have worked with over 120 volunteer theatre artists who have rolled up their sleeves and made a difference on 3 continents, in 13 communities, and with 1000’s of kids!

DAT’s volunteer theatre artists have generously shared their talents with kids in need around the world — teaching theatrical tools that grow self-confidence and empower individual and collective voices (building stronger artists, students, and citizens).  While immersed in communities abroad, our volunteer theatre artists jump at the opportunity to get their hands dirty on community service projects (aka “minga”) that make immediate practical differences — getting involved with projects such as repairing solar panels, cleaning litter, digging landfills, collecting item donations, painting walls & murals, refurbishing buildings, repairing motorcycles, building outhouses, planting trees, and much more!  And to top it all off, our volunteer theatre artists have created 15 original plays and shared these pieces with our audiences back home — to help connect distant communities, raise awareness, and encourage change.

All of this has only been possible because of the passion of DAT’s international volunteers, who have personally funded or fundraised every dollar of every project… raising over $300,000 in the process (and in the midst of the great recession no less)!!

So, today we say thank you to our international volunteers and our volunteer administrative team in NYC.  Thank you all! 

THEATRE ARTISTS: 

If you would like to get involved with DAT’s next project and make a difference in Europe’s Roma ‘gypsy’ community, then check out ACTion: Heart of Europe.