Genre: Kids
Written by Daniel A. Kelin, II and Directed by Nancy Smithner

The best fishing is catching a magical secret.This play was developed in part by a grant from the Children‘s Theatre Foundation of America.

About the Company: New Plays for Young Audiences

Based in the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New Plays for Young Audiences is an annual summer play development series located in the historic Provincetown Playhouse. Founded in 1998 by Lowell and Nancy Swortzell, NYU’s prize-winning New Plays for Young Audiences has developed over 40 new plays written by leading playwrights for young audiences and families. These plays go on to receive both national and interntaional recognition, publication and production.

Open:   06/23/12
Close:   06/24/12

Saturday, June 23rd, at 3pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, June 24th, at 3pm, an audience discussion with the playwright, director, and actors will follow the performance
Theater:   Provincetown Playhouse
Address:   133 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10003
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Cost:Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children, high school students
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DANIEL A. KELIN II has served as the Honolulu Theatre for Youth Director of Drama Education since 1987 and is currently President of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (2011-2013).  A nationally recognized Master Teaching Artist in Drama/Theatre, he is on the National Teaching Artist roster of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  Dan holds an MFA in Child Drama from the University of Hawaii and has served as a Consultant and Trainer for many arts and social service organizations nationally and internationally.


A 2009 Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Scholar in Education, Dan spent April-October of 2010 in India working with several schools on the implementation of a culture/history/drama integrated program.  Through such organizations as the American Consulate, the Fulbright office and the English Language Teachers Association of India, he taught workshops in schools and universities all over Southern India.  Dan was one of the first national Teaching Artist fellows with the Montalvo Arts Center in CA. ASSITEJ/USA awarded him the Ann Shaw Fellowship to collaborate with the Aazhi Children’s Theatre in Pondicherry, India in 2006. The American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) named him the 1995 Youth Theatre Director of the Year. In 2002, he was the runner-up recipient of the SCBWI Barbara Karlin grant and recipient of the AATE Lin Wright Special Recognition award for work with pre-service teachers.  The Children’s Theatre Association of American named him an Aurand Harris Playwriting Fellow.


Dan co-founded the Hawaii Professional Development Task Force which guides the statewide development of arts education programming and training. He was also a part of the team that created the Hawaii Arts First K-5 Toolkit for classroom teachers.


He performed traditional Beijing Opera in several cities across China as a part of the first all non-Chinese company to perform for Chinese audiences, sponsored by the Chinese government.  He has danced Marshallese step dances for the chiefs of those tiny islands, staged a large-scale folk theatre performance with young people for the South Pacific Economic Forum, and performed in radio drama in Vanuatu.


An award winning writer, Dan has authored three books, the most recent being In Their Own Words: Drama with Young English Language Learners.  Other writing has appeared in NCTE’s Talking Points, NCSS’s Social Studies and the Young Learner, Early Childhood Education Journal, Multicultural Review, AATE's Incite/Insight, Teaching Artist Journal, Storytelling Magazine, Parabola, Spider, Highlights for Children and many others.


Dan regularly presents at conferences across the globe, including: 'Storytelling and Cultural Identity' in the Azores Islands, ‘Pacific Culture and Identity’ in Pohnpei, Art and Archaeology in Sri Lanka, the International Federation of Teachers of English in Australia, University of Hawaii Pacific Studies and Library Studies program, the National Association for Multicultural Education, Theatre Communications Group, Popular Culture, and annually for the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, among others.

Nancy Smithner is a performer, teacher and director. She has been teaching Physical Theatre, Acting, Mime and Directing for the Program in Educational Theatre since 1986. She has also taught at many other venues such as Tisch School of the Arts; Playwrights Horizons, Circle in the Square Theatre School, School for Movement Research, the New York Dance Intensive, the Berkshire Theatre Festival and Soongsil University in Seoul, Korea.

Recent directing credits include The Eumenides by Aeschylus, Mad Forest by Caryl Churchill, (m)body: Provocative Acts, an original performance work on cultural interpretations of the body, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Godspell. Her company, The Ensemble of Movement Theatre, performs original works, most recently "...suddenly there came a tapping...", a retelling of Poe's The Raven at the Storytelling Series at the Provincetown Playhouse. Since 2003 she also curated, and directed three productions of "Voices of Women," original works by women on culture and identity.

Dr. Smithner chaired the 2009 forum in the Program in Educational Theatre, "Theatre Pedagogy: Teaching the Art Form."  She received the Steinhardt Teaching Excellence Award in 2005. Smithner has been a member of the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit since 1989, performing for children in pediatric settings, and giving workshops on clowning and physical comedy. For Steinhardt, she is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions. For the Program in Educational Theare, she oversees the placement of student teachers in public and private schools throughout the city.