July 16th, 2012

Postcard: Shantipur, West Bengal, India | Daniel A. Kelin, II

I was invited to visit India by the Rangapeeth Theatre Company of Shantipur along the Ganges river.  I am training the acting company in theatre-in-education strategies and techniques during the day and devising an original play with them in the evenings. They are breaking new ground, as arts integration is still very new in this country.

Exploring local themes with the actors of Rangapeeth.

Demonstrating drama strategies in a local classroom.

The Rangapeeth Company and I devising an original play.

Local students creating small scenes from a story.

My local LCD projector…can’t trust the electricity!

An ardent teaching artist, Daniel A. Kelin II is Honolulu Theatre for Youth Director of Drama Education and President of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE). He is on the Teaching Artist roster of the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and was Director of Theatre Training for both Crossroads Theatre for Youth in American Samoa and a Marshall Islands youth organization. A 2009 Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in India, he has also had fellowships with Montalvo Arts Center, TYA/USA and the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America. Dan is co-authoring The Reflective Teaching Artist: Collected Wisdom from the Drama/Theatre Field for Intellect Books. More at www.DanielAKelin.com

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