With Dell’Arte’s Founding Artistic Director Joan Schirle

July 1 – 6, 2019  *WORKSHOP IS FULLY ENROLLED* There are still places in the Dell’Arte Summer Intensive

Dell’Arte will offer for the first time an intensive workshop for theatre educators as an introduction to teaching embodied practice. 

Developing her work over four decades of teaching,  Joan Schirle has incorporated the work of DAI’s founder Carlo Mazzone-Clementi, as well as Viewpoints, Laban, dance, Delsarte, Commedia dell’Arte, mask work, Balinese performance, Patsy Rodenburg, and the Alexander Technique.  From this range of influences and following her own experience as a working actor, director, and deviser, she has helped shape Dell’Arte’s pedagogical approach to training the global, flexible actor, at home in a spectrum of styles.  In 2018 the Association of Movement Theatre Educators (ATME) presented Schirle with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Classes will meet from 9 AM to Noon and 1:30 PM – 4 PM daily, with evening showings of films, discussions, and lab work. Following daily warmups there will be work on curriculum material, approaching and motivating students, feedback loops, and working from personal strengths as a teacher. As part of their study, participants in this workshop will observe students in the Dell’Arte Summer Intensive, which each year draws 40 students to learn the foundations of the actor-creator work of the School.

A complete daily schedule will be published in March, 2019.

Limited to 10 participants. Pre-requisite: Active teaching practice

June 1 – July 6, 2019

With Dell’Arte’s Founding Artistic Director Joan Schirle

To Apply:  This Workshop is Fully Enrolled.

Applications will require a teaching resume or CV and short statement of intent plus a $35 appllication fee.  (link for paying online will be available by Dec. 25)

We are not taking applications as of March 1 due to full enrollment. If you did not already apply and wish to be waitlisted for any open places, please send an email to info@dellarte.com

Workshop Fee: $1000
If accepted, a deposit of $250 is required, with the balance to be paid by May, 2019.
(housing not included but may be available in a tuition-housing bundle–see below for more on accomodations)

Accepted students will be sent a payment link in order to complete their enrollment and secure their place in the class. If enrollment limit is reached, we will let you know and place your name on a waiting list.

“At DAI we embrace our setting in the magnificence of rural Humboldt County, CA to explore drama via the dynamics of nature itself. The same forces manifest themselves in character, in daily movement as well as the movement of performance and extreme forms of movement. My teaching weaves the somatic and the artistic, the technical and the intuitive, and applies not only to teaching actors, but to the making of theatre, the coaching of productions, and work of the improviser and deviser.”

– Joan Schirle



Limited rooms are available at Blue Lake Casino for a discounted rate of $79.00 for June 30 – July 6 for Teaching Embodied Practice participants. Rate expires 30 days before the start of the workshop. Book your rooms as early as possible since this is a busy season at the hotel. Ask for the Dell’Arte room block when making reservations. Call  (877) 252-2946 or visit bluelakecasino.com

Refund Policy

A full refund will be made until four weeks prior to the start date of the Intensive. A cancellation occurring after May 15, will be charged a cancellation fee of $100.

Once the Intensive has started, tuition refunds are prorated, less the above cancellation fee, until the halfway point of the Intensive has passed. Once the halfway point has passed, no tuition is refunded.