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! 


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.

Fundraising Goal Help- ACTion: Ecuador

From March 3, 2010

Hi everyone,

We’re in full swing getting ready for ACTion: Ecuador 2010.  All you in-kind donors out there, get ready for the new in-kind list, coming in the next few weeks.  We’re talking with community leaders to find out exactly what they’d like us to target (but SOCKS and INSTRUMENTS are going to be huge, so start collecting).  You did a great job last year and we’re looking forward to seeing what we’ll bring again this year.

To ACTion Artists who might be raising funds, and sending them in:

Here are some easy ways to meet your goals. If you have people interested in making credit card donations, I highly recommend collecting them on your own personal “Chip In” page.  It’s really easy to set up, and done through PayPal, so it’s totally safe and secure!

Here is DAT’s ChipIn- great way to get your funds in on time using a credit card.

We are getting so excited!  The casts are really coming together nicely, and play to announce them on March 18th.  Can’t wait to see what you create!

Let me know if you have any questions or need anything at all!

Good Luck,

Mary K

P.S.  Have you joined the Facebook Fan Page yet?  Great way for Traveling Artists and Fans to get updates!