Daniel's offers 2 basic categories of residencies: 1) Flexible. Several-day to week-long stays with your organization where he offers a flexible array of activities, including lectures, workshops and class visits, working with a multitude of participants. 2) Fixed. Several-day to several-week stays with your organization in which Daniel offers an extended workshop  to a select group of participants, resulting in a culminating presentation. 

Flexible Residencies


Please refer to the list of Lectures/Presentations and Workshops for ideas about how to arrange a flexible residency at your institution. These can be combined with class visits, small group discussions with student activity groups and other creative programming.  

Aysana: Exploring Diversity, Transforming our Story


Human and natural diversity provides our world with both richness and conflict. For thousands of years, our ancestors sought to create balance with such diversity, often by framing it into a performed story in which we are all characters. AYSANA is a week-long (or weekend) project that utilizes Improvisation, Image Theatre and Spoken Word to explore our role in balancing the magnificence and catastrophe of diversity. Examining personal stories as part of an ever-changing and complex world, participants walk the tight rope between individual and collective identities, finding ways to construct the “I am” and “We are” into a short interactive performance. In most cases we recommend 3 to 4 hours per evening, Monday – Friday with a performance on Friday evening. Weekend projects are usually 3 to 4 hours on Friday and 8 hours on Saturday and Sunday with a Sunday evening performance. 


Project Objectives


By the end of this several day workshop, students will have developed knowledge, skills and/or experience in:

  • Exploring, analyzing and transforming self

  • Formulating a greater level of consciousness as related to the interconnectivity between community and globalization

  • Engaging the “creative dialogue” - 1) listening to others’ stories, 2) reconstructing stories into the structure of an applied theatre piece, 3) expressing the stories to an audience, and 4) exchanging ideas for action with the audience.


Aysana means Balance in the Kichwa language.

Rethininking Community: Bridging the college and local communities through Storytelling 


Typically, we associate the academy with a space where knowledge is created, and the community with a space where knowledge is applied; however, such a dynamic limits the potential of both. 


This project uses the arts to transform the university-community relationship. University students, faculty and/or staff join local community members in a creative dialogue with the goal of inspiring mutual appreciation and identifying opportunities for developing the relationship. In most cases, this would involve a collaborative effort between the university’s Community Engagement or Service Learning office and a local organization. Utilizing activities from the Applied Arts participants first learn about each other by creating and expressing their individual stories. Then, through an exploration of the commonalities and conflicts among the many stories, we create a group story, which is shared via a performance to be presented in both the community and at the university. 


Project Objectives

  • Provide a fair-trade learning opportunity for both students (faculty & staff) and community members.

  • Further develop the relationship between the university and the local community

  • Identify characteristics of the relationship between the university and community development, including strengths, conflicts, challenges, opportunities, etc.

El Vuelo del Curiquingue: Theatre and Spanish Acquisition


A workshop based on the play, “El Vuelo del Curiquingue,” co-created between the Pachaysana Institute and the Quito Eterno Foundation. Participants read the play and research some of the themes. Depending on the interest of the organizers and the time allotted, the extended workshop can include:


  • A staged reading of the play.

  • A semi-structured / semi-improvised performance of the play

  • A dialogue (both verbal and through participatory theatre) of the play and its themes

  • Image theatre based on the play’s themes

  • Improvisation activities in Spanish (Forum Theatre) that reimagines the play’s ending.


The play's universal themes: Cultural Identity; Traditionalism versus modernism; Marginalization and Immigration; Ethnicity and Classism; Religion and Politics; Alcoholism and Domestic Violence; “The Power of Myth” and the Hero’s Journey; Art for Social Change


Latin American/Ecuadorian Themes: Mestizaje and Cultural Identity; Machismo, Marianismo, and Domestic Violence; La Fiesta and alcoholism; Family Tradition versus Self-determination; Colonialism/Post-colonialism and their effects on identity (differences between North American and Latin American identities); “The Strong Hand” in politics (Dictatorships and Populism in Latin America)

© 2014 by The Pachaysana Institute. 

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