Mad River Festival

Welcome to the Mad River Festival! This is the place where you can experience five weeks of amazing creations from around the world and down the block!

Here we create a “theatre of place.” Theatre that is inspired and forged by this place, the natural world, these people and this time. In this era of so many distractions where the complexity of the human experience is often reduced to a tweet, you have chosen to be here. Live performance is about loving that complexity and ambiguity, and experiencing the joy of entering into worlds via performance that invoke questions of morality, humanity, the range of identity, the importance of beauty, ideas, and qualities that you can’t quantify. And at Dell’Arte it is often experienced through shared laughter. Neuroscientists have recently discovered that watching live theatre can synchronize the heartbeats of an audience. One of the researchers put it this way, “Experiencing the live theatre performance was extraordinary enough to overcome group differences and produce a common physiological experience.”

Thank you for coming together at this festival to breathe together, for being our community, and for all of your support. We hope to see you often this summer.

– Michael Fields
Producing Artistic Director

Venues for the Mad River Festival include
Dell’Arte’s Rooney Amphitheatre, the Pierson Big Hammer Circus Tent, and Dell’Arte’s Carlo Theatre all located in the sunny city of Blue Lake, CA.


    Dell’Arte thanks the following 2018 festival sponsors for their generous support:
    Executive Festival Producer: Pierson Building Center
    Lead Sponsor: Wildberries Marketplace, Suddenlink, PG&E, Coast Central Credit Union, PBS North Coast and the North Coast Journal