PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM
The Professional Training Program is a one-year journey into the realm of actor-created theatre.
The PTP begins with foundational training in physical awareness, play, movement, a variety of global dance forms, and the FM Alexander Technique. The program continues with an in-depth study of Mask, Commedia Dell’Arte, Heightened Acting and Clown. The training incorporates the exploration of theatre dynamics, character and relationship, and the actor and the space, with ongoing research into the collaborative process of making theatre through weekly assignments presented in Performance Lab.
Dell'Arte's PTP also develops the students’ capacity to work in Community-Based Arts, developing relationships with various communities in our area throughout the year which culminates in the Rural Residency creation block at the end of the program. DAI’s commitment to diverse, equitable and inclusive theatre is reflected in the content of the training which includes classes and colloquiums in cross cultural competency and anti-racism.
This conservatory program is open to all performers. Certificate granted upon completion.
Dell’Arte International does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, gender identity, national origin, physical disability, sexual preference or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs and other school administered programs.
Students at Dell'Arte International study and live in an environment like no other in the world. The town of Blue Lake, California, is surrounded by stunning natural beauty - majestic redwoods, the Mad River, the mountains, and the powerful Pacific Ocean. The observation and embodiment of the forces at work in the natural world is an integral part of the training.
The work of the students is grounded in rural life. Most student housing is within a 5 to 10-minute walk of the school's studios. The focus 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.