ACTion: Heart of Europe
SUMMER OF 2019
ACTion: Heart of Europe is a 24 day journey through Czech and Slovakia.
THIS 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 in Manhattan
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 director of education 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 BRATISLAVA
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, as well as a second workshop by DAT’s resident playwright. Here you’ll also apply your teacher artist training in a local classroom and get to know Slovak culture through traditional folk dancing lessons and lectures by local university professors. See a play at the National Theatre, workshop with a local theatre company, and dine with some of the country’s top performance artists.
SERVE IN A 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. 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 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.
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 & VIENNA
Present a preview performance of your piece for friends and special guests in the now familiar Bratislava. Before you head home, take advantage of an optional day trip to Vienna. In the classically regal Austrian capital, enjoy 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 reunite with their fellow traveling artists and to both rehearse and perform their final pieces in 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.
WHEN IS THIS HAPPENING?
Actors will travel abroad in the summer of 2019, exact dates TBD.
Actors must also be available for a week of festival performances in NYC, exact dates TBD.
COST OF PARTICIPATION
Actors: €3350 EURO/ $4200 USD*
*DAT Alumni qualify to receive a €150 EURO/ $200 USD ACTion grant to be used towards the cost of participation.
This amount includes:
- Lodging for all 23 nights in Czech & Slovakia
- 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 one meal per day)
- And more!
NOTE: The cost of participation covers one meal per day and does not include your round-trip flight to Prague, nor does it include 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.
Ready for a dramatic adventure?
We are carefully selecting actors from across the U.S. and around the world.
We are looking for talented actors who have a strong desire to engage with foreign cultures, explore devised theatre, and make a positive impact in the lives of hundreds of youth. There are a total of 24 acting positions available for this year's expedition. Actors 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 one director, one road manager/translator, and approximately 6 actors.
Schedule your audition today!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your headshot/resume to take the first step on an incredible journey.