The foundation of Dell’Arte training—and our theatre practice—is the work of the creative actor, whose imaginative command of space, gesture, dynamics, and an articulate body/voice gives expression to passions, characters, relationships and worlds. The training is founded on observation and identification with nature, the physical investigation of the body and its poetry, and an imaginative inquiry into the forms of culture and theatre.

The Dell’Arte School is located in the small town of Blue Lake, surrounded by the majestic wilderness of California’s North Coast. For over 40 years, Dell’Arte has welcomed students from all over the world to our home in this unique natural setting, to train, research and discover what is possible in the theatre.

“Dell’Arte is the second great love of my life (I met my first in Blue Lake). It is a rare jewel.”

-Joe Dieffenbacher (PTP 1989)

While our program expands the actor’s physical range and develops the physical imagination, students are also encouraged to articulate their own vision of the theatre and their relation to contemporary theatre practice, the audience, and the community.

Dell’Arte training involves consistent creation of original work by students, through a method of instruction that demands investigation and self-discovery on the part of the student. The basis of the work is in daily training emphasizing the development of awareness through movement. We seek to develop an embodied actor who regards the space of the stage as a dynamic, poetic realm.

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