International Partnerships

“I never really got a chance to thank you personally for all that you have invested in our company, youth, and community. Just getting a chance to slow down a bit and after seeing the play I realized how majority of what's happening (with our group) is a result of your brilliant work, feedback, and personal interaction.” Executive Director, Social Service Agency, American Samoa

PARTNERSHIPS
Shantipur-Rangapeeth, Shantipur, West Bengal
American Consulate and Fulbright office, Chennai, India
The Little Theatre, Chennai, India
Jodrikdrik nan Jodrikdrik ilo Ejmour, Marshall Islands
Crossroads Theatre for Youth, American Samoa
Wan Smolbag Theatre, Vanuatu
Sharma Center for Heritage Education, Chennai, India
Aazhi Children’s Theatre, Pondicherry, India
World Rainbow School, Japan

Excepted from THE HINDU, Dec. 2, 2006
"THEATRE, A TOOL"
His face turns red with excitement — excitement at being able to get across what's on his mind to a group of Tamil-speaking children. Having worked with children all his life, especially with those who don't speak his tongue, Daniel A Kelin, II's communication is not just through words but also through action and facial expressions.
"It has been by far the best language. As I teach them I' am also learning to understand the confusion that's reflected in their faces," said Daniel, director of Drama Education, Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY), who was here recently to work with school students. The HTY worked in collaboration with Aazhi Theatre Group to produce the annual children's theatre festival.
"In Puducherry, it was a rocky start because of language issues and also because it was difficult for girls to open up quickly. Halfway through the programme, and they were still figuring out what I was expecting from them. Gradually, they started helping each other more. For me, it was a challenge trying to determine what they couldn't understand. So I let them go and just followed them. And by the end, they were prepared and wanted to perform more," he explained.
Daniel has been working extensively with children, for whom English is not their first language. He has worked with kids who speak Filipino, Chinese, Vietnamese and Marshalese for quite some time and is also writing a book about his endeavour.
"When I first started working in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean the children there did everything in their language and communicating with them was difficult. It was movement oriented, physical. For the past few years I have been working with students to whom English is their second language. I've been helping them feel comfortable speaking English in class and with friends. Besides, I've also helped them focus their energies on their studies."

Excerpted from SAMOANEWS, 2008
“Intersections, Inc. receives ANA Commissioner’s Award.”
Intersections, Inc., the non-profit organization that focuses on youth development, was chosen to receive the ANA Commissioner’s Award for best practices and exceptional youth involvement in the development and implementation of the Crossroads Theatre for Youth (CTY) — Community Transformation through the Arts.
CTY focuses on developing original plays with a goal to educate and heighten awareness of youth and social issues. The award was presented at the 1st Annual Commissioner’s Award Grantee Meeting in Washington D.C. September 22-24, 2008.
“We are extremely grateful to the many people who stood with us to see this project become a success; the dedication of our Director of Theatre Training, Mr. Daniel A. Kelin, II, and Honolulu Theatre for Youth who equipped the youth with acting skills and drama techniques, and especially the support of our partners who believed in the potentials and the work of our youth.”

Excerpted from PACIFIC MAGAZINE, 1993
Daniel A.  Kelin, II spent June and July with the Youth to Youth in Health program in Majuro to produce a series of scenes on health themes and to dramatize Marshallese legends. The program was partially funded by the Australian government and the South Pacific Commission.  Working with ideas about health and social conflicts provided by youth participants, Kelin guides them to turn the ideas into dramatic form with a humorous aspect but also with a strong underlying message.  In early July the first group he worked with put on a lively two-hour program for parents, friends and Ministry of Health staff. Russell Edwards, hospital administrator said, “I was impressed with the drama. They had only a short time, but I understood their work clearly. Nobody has done this before here.  This shows that if you know drama, you can clearly transmit your message.”

Daniel brings both a professionalism and wealth of experience that instills confidence in his work.  Both teachers and students were engaged by and responsive to his approach.  Many of us were surprised and appreciative of his concern for connecting his work to the experiences of the participants.  He was always cognizant of the fact that he was not from our community and possessed little experience with living here.  He showed great respect for culture and personal experience, using his talents as a kind of conduit for learning, rather than being at the center of the process himself. In this way he stands as a good role model for our teachers.

Sharma Center for Heritage Education
Chennai, India