Diasporas Festival, Berkeley
May 9, 2014

The Dell'Arte Company brings an excerpt of its newest work, "Elisabeth's Book" to the Diasporas Festival of Contemporary Performance in Berkeley, California, on May 9 & 10. Inferno Theatre

THREE TREES to Western Washington
April 18, 2014

The Dell'Arte Company in "Three Trees" heads to Western Washington University for two shows, April 18 & 19th at 7:30 PM
A mixture of rollicking clown routines and poetic, theatrical

Humboldt Sponsors support
April 6, 2014

THANKS to Humboldt Sponsors for a $500 award to the 8th Grade Show for " costumes, props, and technical production." Congratulations to director Lydia Foreman and her cast from Blue Lake

World Commedia Day Feb. 25
February 21, 2014

World Commedia dell'Arte Day is celebrated every year on February 25, and is proclaimed by the Italian cultural association SAT as an action of the incommedia.it project in support of SAT's

TCG grant awarded to DAI
February 1, 2014

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, announced recipients for the third round of its Global Connections program. Dell’Arte was awarded one of three


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********** RECENT NEWS ! **********



Mimi Schultz ('77) & Ed Allen ('77) received a 2013 award from the City of Miami for Excellence in Programming For Children. They are the founder/directors of the Fantasy Theatre Factory www.ftfshows.com

The World of Extreme Happiness, by  Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig (PTP'06), will play at Britain's National Theatre.  September 25 – October 26, The play was commissioned by South Coast Rep, with additional development at the Goodman Theater...

Guillermo Calderon (PTP ’99) is Chile’s foremost theatre artist. His co-written screenplay Violeta won the World Cinema Jury Prize for Drama at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and the International Federation of Film Critics Prize for Best Film at the 2012 Guadalajara Mexican Film Festival. Calderón’s awards include Best Play of the Year (Art Critics Circle of Chile), three Chilean Altazor Awards for Best Playwright and Best Director, and the 2010 Bank of Scotland Angel Award (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), among others.

Kate Braidwood (MFA '08) and Andrew Phoenix (MFA '07), co-founders of Wonderheads, a mask-theatre company, were one of 10 winners in the 2013 Scion Motivate contest for creative entrepreneurs; they won $10,000 and a new Scion!

Colin Gee ('92) awarded the 2011-2012 Rome Prize

Liza Bielby
(MFA '08)
and Richard Newman ('03), are co-artistic directors of Detroit's Hinterlands Ensemble, awarded a 2013 $35,000 Knight Arts Challenge grant for a community festival; awarded a $10,000 "IN the LAB" grant from Theatre Communications Group (TCG) to  co-lead a training exchange between U.S. physical theatre artists and xiqu artists in China. Bielby has received support from the National Performance Network Creation Fund program for The Circuit. Co-commissioned by Alverno Presents and MOCAD, this $10,000 grant will support the development of the work for presentation and touring in 2013. 

Meghan Frank & Pratik Motwani (MFA’12) awarded a Puffin Foundation grant to tour their show, “IN-tents” to national parks in summer 2012. 

Carlos Alexis Cruz (MFA '07) awarded a 2011 Princess Grace Award for emerging theater professionals.

Tim Cunningham ('99) ran the 2012 Boston Marathon barefoot. Tim, "Barefoot and Smiling," runs to raise money for Clowns Without Borders USA, of which he is Board President. He also ran the Big Sur and Cleveland marathons.


Pratik Motwani
(MFA '12) is in the national tour of Imago's ZooZoo.

Four of our grads' work is on view at this year at
Sept. 5 - 22  Philadelphia Fringe
Terry Brennan directs "Antihero" for Tribe of Fools.
Aaron Cromie directs and co-wrote "St. Joan, Betrayed."
Dawn Falato is in the cast of "The Ballad of Joe Hill" by Swim Pony Performing Arts
Leila Ghaznavi created "Beyond The Light" with Pantea Productions.

James Peck (MFA '06) stars as Shylock in Portland Actors Ensemble "Merchant of Venice" 2013

Artemis Pebdani ('00) stars in the latest New Kids on the Block music video  She recently completed another episode of "How I Met Your Mother" and played 'Artemis' in "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia."

Laurabeth Breya
is in the national touring cast of Warhorse.

Paul Lopez ('04) is in Spiegelworld's "Absinthe," a huge hit in Las Vegas, now in an open-ended run....

Shenoah Allen
, co-founded the duo "Pajama Men," tearing it up a festivals around the world.

Jesko von den Steinen ('95) created the leading male role in Franco Dragone's "The House of Dancing Water," now playing in Macau.

Hannah Kenah ('03) is a member of Austin's Rude Mechs and is touring with "The Method Gun." She is also writing and performing in their newest work, "Now Now Oh Now."

"Miss Behave" (Amy Saunders '03), who co-created the London hit, "La Clique," did the London holiday season in "La Soiree," as did Mooky Cornish ('00 )

Ross Travis (09) played Cyclops and other roles in the sea-going "The Odyssey" produced by We Players of San Francisco on the 2-masted Alma. He also acted in their "Hamlet," staged on Alcatraz Island.   Natty Justiniano (MFA 08) and Julie Douglas (MFA 09) joined the summer cast of the 2012 "Odyssey."

Jai Lavette
(MFA 11) was cast in Portland's Imago Theatre 2012 production of Yukio Mishima's "The Black Lizard."

Nick Trotter (MFA '09) was hired as Producer-Manager of the Bovine Metropolis Theater in Denver.

Bill Celentano ('93) : cast in Murray Mednick's play, "The Fool & The Red Queen, produced by Padua Playwrights, playing May-June at Hollywood's Lounge Theatre.


Joe Dieffenbacher
('89) was named director of the Clown Conservatory at the San Francisco Circus Center.

Chilean director/playwright Guillermo Calderon's ('99) play, "NEVA," was produced at NY's Public Theatre in 2013. The show won rave reviews at LA's Under The Radar Festival in June '11.  Trinidad Gonzalez Jansana (99) plays Olga Knipper in "NEVA".  

Aaron Cromie ('01) directed St. Joan, Betrayed; directed TItus Andronicus for the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre in 2012.

Robin Detje's ('88) critique of post-dramatic theatre published in Yale Theater Magazine, online

Barb Geary ('79) directed the Baltimore rock opera, "Murdercastle" in June 2013

Tyler Olsen ('00), who founded Dangerous Theater in Mnpls/St. Paul is the subject of a news feature

Liza Bielby (MFA '08) & Richard Newman ('03), co-artistic directors of Detroit's Hinterlands Ensemble, were featured in the NY Times July 1 article in the art scene in Detroit, and just completed a tour to China with their original play, Manifest Destiny, with actors Eleni Zaharapoulou (07) and Steven DeWater (09). 


Sheila Bandyopadhyay ('98) has been named interim Head of Movement Department at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NY. She is also movement coach for "Hamlet" at NYU's Gallatin campus. She just completed a 2012-13 appointment as Movement Faculty at FSU/Asolo Conservatory in Sarasota, Florida.

Steve Cross (MFA'07) received tenure in 2013 at Syracuse University. .

Nathaniel Justiniano (MFA '08) is now on the faculty of the  Clown Conservatory of the San Francisco Circus Center, and the Kinetic Arts Center of Oakland, CA.

Paul Kalina ('97) is Assistant Professor at University of Iowa theatre dept and co-founder of Chicago's 500 Clown.

Stephen Buescher
('00) is Head of Movement at the American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.) in San Francisco www.act-sf.org/

Gulshurin Dubash
(MFA '07) is a fulltime faculty member at Interlochen Academy for the Arts, Michigan

Sarah Liane Foster ('01) teaches at Giovanni Fusetti's Helikos School in Florence.

AND MORE..........
  • Kasidy Benjamin ('09) just completed the Broadway National Tour of Monty Python's Spamalot. www.montypythonsspamalot.com/spamalot_tickets_info.php
  • Elizabeth Colon Nelson (MFA '10) joined The Actors' Gang, L.A.,  played Lady Capulet in their 2011 summer show...www.theactorsgang.com/
  • Estela Garcia (MFA'09) works with Rogue Artists Ensemble of L.A.
  • Balazs Lazar (01) is an actor with Vígtheatre in Budapest.
  • Jonathon Taylor (98) is a performer with BlueMan group.
  • Magnus Errboe (99) recently served as one of the organizers of a music, theatre and dance festival in Silkeborg, Denmark; and works with Odin Teatre.
  • Alyssa Ravenwood (92) is a freelance director, physical theatre instructor and mask designer. She has worked with the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Sojourn Theatre, Theater! Theatre!, Young Players, Ensemble Loupan. Alyssa won the 2004 Portland Theater Drammy award for Outstanding Achievement in Mask Design.
  • Anna K. Soderberg (00) is the Artistic Director of the Radiant Theatre in Portland, OR.
  • Alissa Mortensen (03) co-founded Nebunele with classmate Claytie Mason.
  • Billy Hetherington (00) recently toured South and Central America with World Peace Clowns.
  • Seth Bloom (97) recently returned from teaching and performing in a circus program for children and communities in Kabul Afghanistan and completed  the MFA Program at the London International School of Performing Arts.
  • Christina Gelsone (98) has also toured to and worked in Afghanistan in 2003 with Bond Street Theater.
  • Joshua Wynter ('04) is a member of Bond Street Theater of NYC. www.bondst.org/
  • Newman (94) lives in Bali and creates and sells his original masks nationally and internationally at www.commediamask.com
  • Canadian grads Becky Johnson (99), Lisa Ross (99) and Erin Bouvy (94) were featured in a "Secondary High," an independent film, at the Frameline Festival in San Francisco. Becky is a current performer with "Awesome Club" in Toronto. Lisa and Erin have collaborated on several projects, including the creation of Clown Hall in Toronto. At present, Lisa is working alongside of Andrew Morphew (97) with Counternotes, company founded by Zach Smith (99).
  • Alex Feldman (82) is based in Boston, and tours as Alex the Jester in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Jan van Kammen (02) was a recent finalist in the World Champions of Magic competition in Amsterdam.
  • Eric Rhys Miller (98) was an artistic associate at A Traveling Jewish Theatre in San Francisco, and now teaches in Vancouver, BC.
  • Courtney Cunningham (98) premiered her show "Ashira69" at the 2003 New York Fringe Festival.
  • Bill Blakie (84) is a Senior lecturer & Course Coodinator of BA Communication - Theatre/Media at CSU, Bathurst, NSW, Australia, where he works closely with Jerry Boland (81).
  • Audrey Finkelstein (02) is a teaching artist with Genesis, a program at Brandeis University for high school students which integrates Judaism and the arts.
  • Michele Schultz (96) premiered her first solo show, "Stupina, Genius at Work" at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.
  • Heidi Van  (02) is an ensemble member with Princess Squid Productions in Kansas City and a member of "Boom!" the traveling theatre band. (And a new mom!)
  • Crispi Porat (00) co-founded Wide Open Theatrical Escapades (www.wideopne.ca) the only family theatre company in Saskatchewan, Canada.
  • Matt Haynes (03) recently served as co-leader for Interlocken's European Traveling Minstrels program.
  • Brian Herndon (95) and Anastastia Coon were actors with PCPA TheatreFest in Santa Maria and Solvang, CA
  • Vanessa Pierce (00) completed her masters degree in Drama Therapy at New York University.
  • Lindsay Lucas (02) co-founded Out Theatre Collective in Portland, OR. Eric Reid (02) is a regular ensemble member with the company, and has also worked with Sojourn Theatre and Imago in Portland.
  • Matthew Kern (97) --his  first CD, titled "afterhours," a solo jazz piano project, available on Amazon.com
  •  Tony Fuemmeler ( 03) is a maskmaker in Portland, OR
  • Spencer Lefrenz (02) was a performer with the puppetry company, Drama of Works, touring Europe and the U.S., now builds furniture in SF.
  • Kali Colton (00) is a faculty member at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
  • Liebe Wetzel (91) is the artistic director of Lunatique Fantastique in San Francisco. 
  • Sarah Parker Leventer (02) received her MFA from Brown University in '09
  • Rethel Gill (92) is pursuing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She is also a certified Ashtanga Yoga teacher.
  • Jamie McLaren Lachman (01) founded Clowns Without Borders South Africa.
  •  Grey Valenti ('01) works with the commedia group teatro del Zanni.
  • Dana Wieluns (95) is Co-Artistic Director of Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble in Bowdoinham, Maine.  She works as an actress, movement designer and consultant, mask performance coach, yoga instructor and childbirth educator.  www.ZigguratTheatre.org and www.EmbodyBirth.com
  • Jamie Peck (91) is an actor with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the artistic director of Nutshell Masks & Theater in Ashland, OR.
  • Tobias Lawrence (98) is an ensemble member with Hand2Mouth Theater Company in Portland, OR.
  • Vanessa Davis (00) completed the MFA in Acting at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.
  • Steve Tenerelli (92) is former director of the Dell'Arte Youth Academy.
  • Sara Katzoff (00) runs the Berkshire Fringe Festival.
  • Matt Roberts (02) is an instructor with the education program at Berkeley Rep, and is a touring performer with Word for Word in the Bay Area.
  • Robin Detje (84) has just written and directed a play for Theater Combinale in Lübeck, Germany, in a classical mix of Dell'Arte style.
  • Jon Nagel (95) is the Drama teacher at Bohannon Middle School in San Lorenzo, CA. and a regular performer in Bay Area theatres.
  • Jeff Raz (79) is former director of the Clown Conservatory at the San Francisco School of Circus Arts, perfomed in Cirque du Soleil's "Corteo" and is now a casting director for Cirque.
  • Stine Lundgaard Nielsen (01) is training in manipulation and puppetry at Central School of Speech and Drama London.
  • Joel Sugerman (95) is an actor, director and teacher living in Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Leslie Sapp (90) is a storyteller in Takoma Park, Maryland.
  • Blake Montgomery (95) is founder/artistic director of The Building Stage, Chicago
  • Alice Nelson (MFA '11) was named "Everyday Hero of the Week" by Global National TV News in Canada. Read Laughter making a Difference: Alice Nelson
  • Greg Maupin's ('01)  ensemble, "Le Petomane" has a great writeup in the Louisville press
  • Debbie McMahon's ('03) Grand Guignolers are getting great press in Los Angeles for their "A Very Grand Guignol Christmas," directed and co-produced by Debbie.
  • Suzanne Santos ('05) is a company member of 108 Productions in Los Angeles. Thier production "Corpus Christi" was the winner of the Intercultural Dialogue Award from the Lord Mayor of Dublin at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.  
  • Deven Sisler (‘04) is currently working as an actor with Boxtales Theater Company and Proboscis Theater Company in Santa Barbara; and she is an AcroYoga teacher.
  • Bridget AKA Bird McCracken (97), co-founder, Managing Director and Lead Teaching Artist, Trash Mash-Up  in San Francisco, CA and Actor, Stage/Tour/Production/Booking Manager for The Dell'Arte Company 1997—2001.
  • Jessie McCracken (01), co-founder, Artist Director and Lead Teaching Artist, Trash Mash-Up in San Francisco, CA and Senior Program Assistant with Center for Elders and Youth in the Arts and Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre Company in Portland, OR and House Manager for The Dell'Arte Company's Mad River Festival from 1998—2001.
These Dell'Arte grads have all appeared at the New York Clown Festival :Mooky Cornish in "The Glories of Gloria"
  • Suzanne Santos in "The Damsels"
  • Erin Bouvy in "Moving Target"
  • Matt Chapman & Josh Matthews in "Solo"
  • 2010:
  • Sarah Liane Foster in "The Last Show You'll Ever See",
  • Nick Trotter in "Ferdinand The Magnificent,"
  • Olivia Lehrman in "Ms. Pretty Smart, Secret Agent,"
  • Adriana Chavez & Heidi Rider in "Clowns With Gowns"
  • 2012:
  • Rebecca Stabile & Gentry Roth



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