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The Ecuador Project
Dramatic Adventure Theatre began it's ongoing relationship with Ecuador in 2008. Since then DAT has established strong ties in the Andes Mountains, the Amazon Jungle, and the Galapagos Archipelago -- most notably in Quito, Mindo, Quilotoa, Tigua, Esmeraldas, Sua, El Pilche (South of Coca), San Cristobal, and Floreana. DAT has built a solid network of supporters, community partners, and artistic collaborators within Ecuador. DAT continues to expand it's network and strengthen it's impact. The following is a history of that impact and includes the work of DAT's ongoing projects.
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Teaching Artist Residency
Flight 360
In 2008, following the success of our innaugural project in Zimbabwe, DAT journeyed to Ecuador. There the team taught conversational english, acting, and playwriting while building relationships with disenfranchised communities and artists across the country. This trip was an experiment and a risk. But when DAT's team arrived back in NYC after seven and a half weeks abroad, having acheived all goals and with an original play in hand, it was clear that this experiment had been a success... and it continues to yield fantastic results to this day. The full length play, Flight 360, was written and compiled by traveling artist Leslie Fields and was performed immediately upon our return to NYC. Shortly thereafter, it was revived for Teatro IATI's 2008 Performing Arts Marathon, "De Todo un Poco". The responses from our audiences were overwhelmingly positive and the overall success of this project laid the groundwork for a long term relationship with Ecuador.


For more information about Flight 360, click here.
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Teaching Artist Residency
ACTion: Ecuador
In the summers of 2009 & 2010, DAT brought an outstanding 100 theatre artists to Ecuador! These artists journeyed across Ecuador, exploring the diverse cultures and terrain, engaging with local communities through service projects (including the Quilotoa Community Arts Center - Below), learning traditional Andean Mask dances, teaching basic acting, playwriting, and conversational english, workshopping with local theatre artists, and collaborating together to create original short plays which were then performed to sold out off-off broadway audiences at Richmond Shepard Theatre during the 2009 showcase, "Hecho en Ecuador" and at the Gene Frankel Theatre during the 2010 showcase, "Poco a Poco". Performances were also as part of a latin theatre festival at Teatro IATI's 2009 Performing Arts Marathon. ACTion: Ecuador will return in the summer of 2014.


For more information about ACTion: Ecuador, click here.
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Teaching Artist Residency
Quilotoa Community Arts Center
In the summer of 2009, at the request of Quilotoa community leaders, Dramatic Adventure Theatre returned to Quilotoa with a project called ACTion: Ecuador (above). As part of this project, 75 theatre artists worked hand in hand with the community of Quilotoa to refurbish an old decaying building and supply this new Community Arts Center with a small multi-media library.

If you would like to contribute to the Quilotoa Community Arts Center, feel free to email info@dramaticadventure.com or click here to make a donation.
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Teaching Artist Residency
Teaching Artist Residency
In 2011, DAT began The Teaching Artist Residency -- an extended program of intense teaching, language learning, and cultural immersion. Our carefully selected teaching artists are embedded into communities and classrooms in need. There they will make new friends, engage with the culture, study the local language, and bring their own unique talents and skill sets to the classroom. Our teaching artists will lead courses in acting, directing, playwriting, and more. This program is a much needed aid to the artistic education in DAT's partner schools and communities. Currently, in Ecuador, we have ongoing residencies in Quilotoa, Esmeraldas, and the Galapagos.

For more information about the Teaching Artist Residency, click here.
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Teaching Artist Residency
A Girl Without Wings
In the summer of 2010, Resident Playwright, Jason Williamson, traveled throughout Ecuador to begin work on a new commission by DAT. The result was A Girl Without Wings, a play that fuses puppetry, poetic language, and live music to playfully collide American idioms with Quechuan folklore. Dramatic Adventure has since showcased the play at the Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage Festival and at DAT’s Five Year Anniversary Gala in Manhattan. We are currently preparing for a 2013 production of A Girl Without WIngs.


For more information about A Girl Without WIngs, click here.
 
   
 
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