ACTion: Heart of Europe
July 5 - August 12
ACTion: Heart of Europe is a month-long journey across Czech and Slovakia, followed by a week of festival performances in NYC.
THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO:
- Amplify often unheard voices through DAT’s Community Storytelling Project
- Explore diverse cultures and terrain
- Workshop with local experts, artists, and theatre companies
- Engage with local communities through arts education and service projects
- Collaborate with professional artists in creation of new devised theatre pieces
- Perform original pieces in Bratislava and New York City
You can expect to:
ACCLIMATE IN PRAGUE
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 one of Prague’s world-renowned theatre companies 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 education director as well as other training sessions led by DAT’s experienced team—all on-site in one of the greatest artistic hubs of Europe.
ENGAGE IN BRNO
After a scenic ride through Bohemia, arrive in historic Brno, a city famous for its impressive architecture and rich history as the capital of Moravia. Here, you’ll apply your teaching artist training in a one-day workshop with a local Roma “Gypsy” community. One of Europe’s most historically marginalized populations, the Romani make up Europe’s most disenfranchised community. Their rich culture exists today amidst striking poverty, with Eastern Slovakia (where we’ll head next) representing some of the worst conditions in Europe. To further contextualize our impending community storytelling project work, we’ll also explore Roma historical and contemporary life at Brno’s Museum of Romani Culture, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Roma culture and fighting racism and xenophobia.
FACILITATE STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS IN A ROMA VILLAGE
Leave the city behind for the majestic peaks of the High Tatra Mountains, where each cast will settle in at one of three Roma communities in Eastern Slovakia. Casts will work closely with DAT’s longstanding partner, ETP Slovensko, an organization that empowers Roma communities through job training and arts education. DAT actors will engage in a series of workshops with local youth designed to facilitate the process of writing, directing, and performing original theatre pieces for local communities. 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, both designed and led by each local community.
TOUR EASTERN SLOVAKIA
On the way to your next destination, tour some of the major sites of Eastern Slovakia, such as breathtaking Spiš Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is one of the largest castles in all of Central Europe. Also visit the charming town of Levoča, a village still surrounded by its ancient walls that’s known for its ornately decorated St. James Church, home of the largest wooden gothic altar 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.
REHEARSE IN ŽDIAR
After some much needed R&R, arrive in the beautiful mountain town of Ždiar. The fresh air and beautiful views of this pastoral setting make it the perfect place for both rehearsing and relaxing. Your time here will be split between rafting, gazing at the stalactites of Belianska Cave, hiking gorgeous mountain trails, and rehearsing your theatre pieces.
FINALIZE IN BRATISLAVA
Travel to Slovakia’s thriving capital city of Bratislava, where you’ll present a preview performance of your devised piece for friends and special guests. While in Bratislava, you’ll also get a chance to relax amidst the Old Town’s cobblestoned streets, 18th Century rococo buildings, and lively sidewalk café culture.
RELAX IN VIENNA
After a month of hard work, we’ll decompress with a day off in gorgeous Vienna. In the classically regal Austrian capital, explore the famous Belvedere museum or any combination of the hundreds of exhibitions, historical landmarks, concerts, and theatrical performances that this major European city has to offer.
PERFORM IN NEW YORK CITY @ ACTion FEST!
All participants of ACTion: Heart of Europe will return to NYC to rehearse and perform their final pieces at ACTion Fest. 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.
WHEN IS THIS HAPPENING?
We will travel across Czech & Slovakia from July 5 to Aug 4, 2018.
Artists must also be available for a week of festival performances in NYC, August 6 - 12, 2018.
ACTion: Heart of Europe will return again in the summer of 2023.
COST OF PARTICIPATION
Artists: $5950 USD*
This amount includes:
- Lodging for all 30 nights in Europe
- A month of traveler's insurance
- All ground transportation
- All scheduled activities, including workshops with master teachers (your days are full)
- A daily food per diem (to cover all meals)
- And more!
NOTE: The cost of participation does not include international flights, transportation from NYC to your home, 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 email@example.com.
*GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR DAT ALUMNI
All returning alumni will automatically receive a $450 USD grant. In addition, we are currently able to offer one select ACTion grant for $1000 USD. Both grants are strictly for DAT’s alumni artists and must be applied towards the cost of participation on ACTion. To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org and state your case why you deserve the grant. In 200 words or less, discuss the value of your previous ‘dramatic adventure’ and what you hope to bring to this ACTion experience. The deadline for grant applications is March 15, but we encourage you to apply early.
CREDIT AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS
We are more than happy to work with you and your home institution to set up an independent study, practicum, or internship for this experience. For more details, email email@example.com.
Ready for a dramatic adventure?
We are carefully selecting actors from across the U.S. and around the world.
We are looking for talented theatre artists who have a strong desire to engage with foreign cultures, explore devised theatre, and empower youth across the world. There are a total of 40 artist positions (actors, directors, writers, designers, stage managers) available for this year's expedition. Artists will be strategically placed in a cast based on their skill sets, personality, shared interests, and our particular casting needs. Each cast will consist of 1 director, 1 road manager/translator, and approximately 6 actors, writers, stage managers or designers.
Schedule your audition today!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your headshot/resume to take the first step on an incredible journey.