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Daniel Kelin

Artist, Educator, Scholar

An ardent and outspoken teaching artist, Daniel A. Kelin II lives in Hawaii and travels a great deal. He is Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY) Director of Drama Education and recently served as President of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE). A 2009 Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in India, he has also had fellowships with Montalvo Arts Center, Theatre for Young Audiences/USA and the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America.  He is on the Teaching Artist roster of the John F. 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. Daniel has directed, acted in and written plays performed in Asia, the Pacific and across the US. Recent plays have been honored and produced by theatres and organizations in New York, Arizona, New England, Micronesia and India. Honolulu Theatre for Youth has produced a series of his plays, including …and the people spoke music and Keiko and Louie: Best Best Friends (Mostly).  Daniel has four books to his name. The Reflexive Teaching Artist: Collected Wisdom from the Drama/Theatre Field was awarded the 2015 Distinguished Book of the Year by AATE.

On the Offensive
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On the Offensive

30 August 2016

Daniel Kelin describes the process of working on a play with a multi-racial and -ethnic ensemble playing characters from many different backgrounds.

Growing Up, Devising
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Growing Up, Devising

24 November 2013

Daniel Kelin shares his experience working with a youth-oriented agencies in Pohnpei, the Marshall Islands, and American Samoa.