Celebrating 50 Years of Training for the Actor-Creator

Dates: July 8–26, 2024  - Some Spaces Remain!


Join the artists at Dell’Arte for an investigation into the creation of original and dynamic physical theater. The annual Summer Intensive will be a part of the festivities of the summer as we celebrate our 50th year of creation and training in Blue Lake.  Come be part of the festivities! 


This is an engaging three-week long intensive based on the approaches of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, a renowned 50-year-old program that trains actors to command the time and space of the stage.  The skillful, dynamic and easeful use of a performer’s body and voice is at the core of our curriculum.

The work of the actor-creator arises out of silence, darkness and empty space, moving into ensemble play and the actors’ ability to devise original work for the stage.  This training aims towards the creation of visceral, actor-centered theatre that crosses stylistic boundaries and informs classic as well as contemporary, original, as well as adapted works.  This physical theatre Intensive is appropriate for actors, dancers, directors, teachers, and designers.


This year’s Summer Intensive again brings together an impressive mix of  teachers from Dell’Arte faculty and guest artists: Julie Douglas, Ming Hudson, Espaço Oliveira, Cleo DeOrio and Tony Fuemmeler.  Read Bios

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“ I truly learned more in three weeks than I thought possible… I learned, sticking to the work and challenging myself to not only physically understand the work, but to engage with it on a personal level as well!” —2023 Student


The first class of each morning, students will engage together in movement practices and physical conditioning. The remainder of the class day will be spent in various modalities focused on physical awareness, the creative power of the body in space, and ensemble development. Once a week, students will travel as a class to a location in the stunning outdoors of the redwood coast and explore the inspiration of the natural environment. 

Classes meet 5 days a week; there will be about 6.5 hours of class time each day, plus some rehearsals in the evenings. Students will work each week in small ensembles on themes assigned for a Friday laboratory showing and faculty critique. 

Students will be able to spend free time exploring the forests, coasts, rivers and mountains of Humboldt County or attending some of the overlapping Baduwa’t and Folk Life Festivals in Blue Lake.


The Summer Intensive is designed for emerging and working theater artists—actors, dancers, directors, teachers, and designers—but registration is open to anyone. Students must be 18 or over. Classes will be rigorous, and include evening rehearsals. Participants should expect a mix of experience levels among their fellow students and that all will benefit from the group's varied abilities. Instruction will be given in English.


To begin registration for the summer intensive, complete the short  Admission Survey.  This includes a couple of statements from you (written or video submission) on your interest as well as related background and experience.

Upon review, you’ll be emailed a link to make your deposit payment and secure your spot. (NOTE: you can also pay in full at this time if you prefer).

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"It completely changed me... I feel like my body and spirit stitched together." - 2017 Student


Tuition : $1700.00         

A deposit of $600.00 or 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 schooladmin@dellarte.com if you have further questions before proceeding.


Your full tuition for the Physical Theater Summer Intensive can be refunded (minus a $25.00 processing fee) before June 3. A cancellation occurring after June 3 will only be eligible for a 25% refund of the tuition cost. 

No refunds are made after the intensive begins.


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

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

Begin Your Application

“A fresh, physical perspective and tools for storytelling!”—2023 Student


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 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: http://www.bart.gov/). 

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. 

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“I enjoyed the rigor, working so physically and creatively every day for so many hours was healing and inspiring to me.” - 2023 Student