PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM
The Professional Training Program (PTP) is a one-year program for students ready to undertake a journey into the realms of actor-created theater. This program is open to all performers, with or without a college degree.
The PTP includes training in the FM Alexander Technique, physical awareness and responsiveness, vocal and movement improvisation, as well as the study of mask, clown, melodrama, and commedia dell’arte, with ongoing research into the process of making theatre. Investigation of theatre dynamics, the actor and the space, character and relationship takes place through assignments presented weekly in Performance Lab. Certificate granted upon completion.
“From the very first day, Dell’Arte turned my world inside out. The first risk taken was in making the trip to begin with, but with each new step came a new challenge, another nugget of wisdom, one more moment of ‘aha’.”
– Audrey Finkelstein (MFA 2002)
Students at Dell’Arte International have an opportunity to study and live in an environment like no other in the world. Blue Lake, California is a tiny town surrounded on all sides by stunning natural beauty – majestic redwoods, the Mad River, the foothills of the mountains, and the power of the Pacific Ocean are a regular part of life, and the observation and embodiment of the forces at work in the natural world is an integral part of the training at the school.
The work of the students in this place is free from the distractions of urban life, and unencumbered by commuting: most student housing is within a 5-10 minute walk of the school’s studios. The focus and concentration enabled by immersion in this environment has a sustained effect on the student body as a whole. The group of students truly works, studies, and lives as a community; through this experience, they come to more directly understand the nature of “ensemble creation.”