Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre

131 H Street
Blue Lake, CA 95525
United States
707 668-5663


Dell'Arte is the North American center for the performance, training and research of the physical theatre. With devised work at the core of its creative approach, both the professional company in residence, The Dell'Arte Company, and the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre are dedicated to the original work of the actor-creator. Based in Blue Lake, CA, for 40 years, the School offers a 3-year MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre, the first accredited program of its kind in the USA; a one-year certificate program; summer intensives; a study abroad program in Bali.  Current students come from Greece, India, Zimbabwe, the Republic of Georgia, Denmark, Iran, Canada, and the USA. The Company presents the annual summer Mad River Festival and works with many community partners as well as international collaborators. Founding Artistic Director: Joan Schirle; Producing Artistic Director: Michael Fields; School Director: Lauren Wilson; Managing Director: Fran Beatty.

Movement Specialties:

Alexander Technique


Commedia dell'Arte

Contact Improvisation

Devised Theatre


Improvisation/Theatre Games


Movement for the Actor

Physical Characterization

Physical Theatre

Self Use

Sound and Movement

Stretching, Strength, and Relaxation

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