Clown PLUS

Instructors: Michelle Matlock, Julie Douglas. Read Bios

June 24–July 5, 2024   Some Spaces Remain!

70-75 Hours of Instruction time, plus a few hours for rehearsal outside of class. A sample day runs from 9am–6pm with a 90 minute lunch.

The Study
The Clown PLUS is for those students who have begun their exploration of the territory of Clown and want to go a little deeper into the study. Use your ability to embrace the unknown, the vulnerable, and the ridiculous in order to create longer bits of clown performance. Be prepared to play ferociously!

Some previous clowning experience preferred. Participants can track directly from the Clown Core into Clown PLUS in the same year.

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Tuition & Fees: $1200 

A full payment will be required to secure your spot in the intensive. Links for all payments will be emailed to you after you’ve completed our admission survey.

Some partial scholarships are available for students of the global majority. You indicate your intention to apply for one in the admission survey.

 Payment plans are negotiated on a case by case basis. 

Please email our School Coordinator at if you have further questions before proceeding.


Your full tuition for the Clown PLUS Intensive can be refunded (minus a $25.00 processing fee) before May 20. A cancellation occurring after May 20 will only be eligible for a 25% refund of the tuition cost. 

No refunds are made after the intensive begins.

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For information regarding appropriate attire, school policies, and other logistics, see our frequently asked questions PDF.

Still have questions? Contact the School Coordinator at or by phone at +1 707-502-2276.


Dell’Arte does not have a campus with student housing. Upon request, the School Administrator can connect you to a list of local landlords and housing resources to help you find my housing for the duration of your training. We also recommend searching on Airbnb or similar sites for housing. UPDATE: We have negotiated a limited number of  additional housing possibilities nearby at Cal Poly Humboldt in Arcata. A small booking fee and a refundable security deposit  will apply if you select this option. Note your housing interest on your admissions survey.

Students will have the option to join a private Facebook group where they can connect with other students regarding  the sharing and coordination of housing and transportation. 



This intensive takes place at our campus in Blue Lake, California. We are situated in beautiful Humboldt County, approximately 5 hours north of San Francisco by car.

Our physical address is 131 H. Street, Blue Lake, CA, 95525
Our mailing address is:  PO Box 816, Blue Lake, CA 95535

Flights and Airports:

Direct flights to the Arcata-Eureka Airport (ACV) are served by several major cities:

San Francisco, California (SFO)
Denver, Colorado (DEN)
Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS)
Los Angeles, California (LAX)
Phoenix, Arizona (PHX)
Burbank, California (BUR)

ACV is located in McKinleyville, about a 20-minute drive away from Blue Lake. The airlines that serve the airport are United and Avelo.

Ground Transportation from Airports

From Arcata/Eureka airport (ACV)
We are in a rural area, and popular rideshare apps like
Lyft and Uber do not have reliable coverage hereYou can take a shuttle service called Door-to-Door Airporter at 707-839-4186. You’ll want to arrange it ahead of time, once you have your flight information.  Prices for 2024 are $28.00 if you are a Dell’Arte Student,or $30.00 regular- so be sure to mention that you are a student when you book.

From San Francisco (SFO) or Oakland (OAK)
You can take the Greyhound Bus to Arcata. To reach the Greyhound bus station from the airport, use the local transit called BART (the schedule for the BART trains is here: 

The Greyhound bus station in San Francisco is located at 200 Folsom St. Bus tickets can be purchased online or at the station. Be sure to take the bus to Arcata, CA. The bus doesn’t run every day, so look into Greyhound ahead of time if planning this route.