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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If you are doing research on the company, the school, on physical theatre, Carlo Mazzone-Clementi, etc. you may find the following list helpful; it lists most of the print references, articles, interviews, reviews, award announcements, etc. in books, newspapers, and websites where information about us can be found. 
Thanks to Stephanie Roberts (MFA '06) for her help with this research.

Claire Canavan. "Created by the Ensemble: Generative Creativity and Collective Creation at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre." Theatre Topics 22.1 (2012): 49-61. Project MUSE. Web. 20 Mar. 2012. muse.jhu.edu/

Jane Baldwin. "Collective Creation’s Migration from the Cote d’Or to the Golden Hills of California:  The Copiaus/Quinze and the Dell’Arte Company"

Original Writing by Dell’Arte Personnel: 

  • Mazzone-Clementi, Carlo, and Jane Hill. "Commedia and the Actor." The Drama Review 18 (1974). Download here.
  • Buckley, Peter. "Creativity and the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre." Theatre Topics 15 (2005):  41-47.  Essay on collaboration
  • Dell’Arte Company, "Mad Love" Ensemble Works, An Anthology. Ed. Ferdinand Lewis. New York: Theatre Communications Group, 2005. 219-254.  Play script, ensemble-written.
  • Dell'Arte Players. "Intrigue at Ah-Pah." Ed. Rick Foster. West Coast Plays 8 (1981):  121-162.  Playscript, with photos.
  • Fields, Michael. "New Eyes." International Theatre Institute Newsletter Summer 2000: 1-2. 
  • Hill, Jane. "Physical Theatre Training: The Next Wave." Call Board Mar. 1987. 
  • Schirle, Joan. "Potholes on the Road to Devising." Ed. Joan Herrington. Theatre Topics 15 (2005):  91-102.  Essay on devising strategies.
  • Schirle, Joan. "Movement Training: Dell'Arte International." Movement for Actors. Ed. Nicole Potter. New York: Allworth P, 2002. 187-195.  Core philosophy of Dell’Arte training.
  • Schirle, Joan. "Walking the Talk: Artists Connecting with Community." Community Arts Network. Mar. 2000. Dell'Arte International. 
  • Schirle, Joan. "Preparing a Role." Alexander Techworks. Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre.
  • Schirle, Joan. "The Alexander Technique and the Performer." Alexander Techworks. Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre.  http://www.alexandertechworks.com/articles/schirle.php
  • Schirle, Joan. "Woodshedding in the Performing Arts." City County Miner: Some Northern California Veins. Ed. Michael Helm. Berkeley: City Miner Books, 1982. 203-207. 
About Dell'Arte International: Significant Sections/Chapters in Books
  • Deborah Bell, Mask Makers And Their Craft, MacFarland & Co, North Carolina, 2010 with bibliography and illustrations, pp 159 -167
  • Brockett, Oscar G/Ball, Robert J. The Essential Theatre, Ninth Edition. Boston : Thomson Wadsworth, 2006: 116
  • Burnham, Linda. Ed. Performing Communities, 2005 Village Press
    Cohen-Cruz, Jan, comp. Local Acts: Community-Based Performance in the United States. Rutgers UP, 2005: 103, 115, 116-117, 153-158, 192.
  • Lewis, Ferdinand, ed. "Mad Love, Dell'Arte International." Ensemble Works, An Anthology. New York: Theatre Communications Group, 2005. 219-254. 
  • O'Quinn, Jim, David Rooks, Ferdinand Lewis,  and Michael Fields. "The Dentalium Project." Critical Perspectives, Writing on Art and Civic Dialogue. Ed. Caron Atlas and Pam Korza. Washington, DC: Americans for the Arts, 2005. 1-51. 
  • Berson, Misha. "The Dell'Arte Players of Blue Lake, California." Popular Theatre: A Sourcebook. Ed. Joel Schecter. London, New York: Routledge, 2003. 
  • Kerrigan, Sheila. The Performer's Guide to the Collaborative Process. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2001.  See index.
  • Annette Bercut Lust, Movement Training and The Actor, Scarecrow Press, Maryland, 2011
  • Rudlin, John, and Olly Crick. Commedia Dell'Arte: A Handbook for Troupes. London and New York: Routledge, 2001. Players: 100-103, School: 100,101,112, Mazzone-Clementi: 99-100,137. 
  • Leabhart, Thomas. Modern and Post-Modern MimeNew York: St. Martin's Press, 1989. Photograph #37 of Ronlin Foreman.
  • Lust, Annette. From the Greek Mimes to Marcel Marceau and Beyond: Mimes, Actors, Pierrots and Clowns. Lanham, Maryland and London: The Scarecrow P, 2000: 15, 199, 200-201, 234. Photo by Richard Duning of Joan Mankin in ‘Malpractice.’
  • Rudlin, John. Commedia Dell'Arte: An Actor’s Handbook. London and New York: Routledge, 1994. School: 3, Carlo Mazzone-Clementi: 56, 62, 212, 214.
  • Bermel, Albert. Moliere's Theatrical Bounty: A New View of the Plays. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1990. Photos by Richard Duning: 128-129: “Malpractice, or Love’s the Best Doctor.”
  • Most, Stephen. "The Ah-Pah File." West Coast Plays 8 (1981):  163-171. 
  • Rolfe, Bari. Mimes on Miming, Carlo Mazzone-Clementi.


  • Forrest, Donald. Interview with Mark McKenna. Community Arts Network, Reading Room. 
  • Schirle, Joan. Interview with Mark McKenna. Community Arts Network.
  • Forrest, Donald. Interview with Ralph Deliberate. The Pickle Clowns: New American Circus Comedy.  Carbondale & Edwardsville: Southern Illinois UP, 2001: 111-117. 
  • Foreman, Ronlin. Interview with Davis Rider Robinson. The Physical Comedy Handbook. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1999: 121-126. 

Online Articles

In-Print articles
  • Prior, Dorothy Max, "Dell'Arte Abroad" TOTAL THEATRE Magazine, Summer 2010 Vol. 22 Issue 2: 18 - 20
  • Bell, Deborah MASKS OF TRANSFORMATION,  Theatre Design &Technology, pub. USITT Vol. 42 No. 2 (Spring 2006)
  • Tilghman, Romalyn. "Casting the Net." Inside Arts Nov.-Dec. 2005: 48-50. 
  • Rodriquez, Emil. “High Demand for MFA degree cause Dell’Arte to lay projections for additional building.” The Lumberjack, Humboldt State University. 30, Nov. 2005. sec. Scene: 19.
  • Shields, Isabella. "Los Puentes builds bridges." Eureka Times-Standard 17 Nov. 2005, sec. Northern Lights: 10+. 
  • Kowinski, William. "Puente de risas." North Coast Journal 10 Nov. 2005: 18.
  • Savage, Jennifer. “Working on a building.” The Arcata Eye 25 Oct. 2005, sec. Scene: 12.
  • Hurwitt, Sam. "Laugh, Clown." San Francisco Chronicle 23 Oct. 2005: 24. 
  • Jones, Andrew J. "Humboldt Holiday: Seas, trees and myriad activities delight visitors." Horizon Air Oct. 2005: 10-18. 
  • Burnham, Linda Frye. "A place in the Sun." American Theatre Sept. 2005: 69-71. 
  • Astump, Simon. "500 kilometer til teaterskole." Nordjyske Stiftstidende 21 Aug. 2005: 8. 
  • Vogel, Meghan. “Dell’Arte: Full throttle.Eureka Times-Standard. 3, July, 2005: e1.
  • Beltz, Ellin. "From the Lost Coast to the Edge." North Coast Journal 7 July 2005: 1. 
  • "Face Value." Eureka Times-Standard 6 July 2005, sec. Cover Photo: a1+. 
  • "Rural Arts, Global Identity." The Palette June-July 2005: 20+. 
  • Beltz, Ellin. "Theatre, Theatre Everywhere." North Coast Journal 30 June 2005: 1. 
  • Hodgson, Judy. "Dell'Arte cast, crew bare all." North Coast Journal 30 June 2005. 
  • Vogel, Meghan. "National Ensemble Theatre Festival: Dell'Arte to host first event of its kind." Eureka Times-Standard 12 May 2005, sec. Northern Lights: 3. 
  • "Ensemble Theatre Festival." Humboldt Advocate 25 May 2005: 9. 
  • Standing, Sarah Ann. "From the Redwood Forest... to the Stages of Northern California's Festival of Ecodrama." American Theatre Feb. 2005:  65-69.
  • Beltz, Ellin. "Sanity is a playground for the unimaginative." North Coast Journal 9 Dec. 2004: 22. 
  • Butler, Wendy. "What is this thing, 'Dell'Arte'" The Eureka Reporter 15 July 2004. 
  • Vogel, Meghan. "A perfect pair: Dell'Arte celebrates 30 years in Blue Lake." Eureka Times-Standard 8 July 2004, sec. Northern Lights: 11+. \
  • Gurnan, Emily. "Dell'Arte turns 30." North Coast Journal 8 July 2004: 8-11. 
  • "Dell''Arte students and staff take part in Eureka peace rally." North Coast Journal 25 Mar. 2004: 6. 
  • Mizer, Shane. "Hiding behind the artwork of theatrical masks." Eureka Times-Standard 26 Feb. 2004, sec. About Town: 6. 
  • "Bring in the Clowns: Blue Lake." The Palette 2004: 22-23. 
  • McKenna, Mark. "Dell'Arte announces new MFA degree program." Eureka Times-Standard 27 Nov. 2003, sec. Northern Lights: 11. 
  • "Actors' School is the Ticket for Blue Lake Revival." North Coast Journal 23 Oct. 2003, sec. Prosperity! Special Insert: 4. 
  • 'Maskibition' winners revealed." The Arcata Eye 14 Oct. 2003, sec. Scene: 12. 
  • Hoover, Kevin L. "Beyond all expectations." The Arcata Eye 24 June 2003, sec. Scene: 13. 
  • Blake, Barry. "Wild Times and Insights." North Coast Journal 4 July 2002: 16. 
  • Arnot, Sally. "An exciting new era for the arts has begun." Eureka Times-Standard 27 Feb. 2000, sec. Horizons: e5. 
  • Horwitz, Simi. "Spotlight on Summer Training." Back Stage 11 Feb. 2000: a14. 
  • Trauth, Beti. "Fall sees Dell'Arte at its best." The Arcata Eye 24 Nov. 1998, sec. Scene: 12.
  • Gelb, Hal. "Intrigue at Ah-Pah, The Road Not Taken, Fear of Falling." The Nation 6 Apr. 1992, sec. Theater. 
  • Jacobson, Lyn. "Confessions of an Eco-Reporter." American Theatre Feb. 1992: 17+. 
  • Berson, Misha. "The Dell'Arte Players of Blue Lake, California." The Drama Review 27 (1983):  61-72.
  • Plesmid, Kamilla. "Local Theatre Begins Tour." Life and Times, Eureka, CA 31 Mar. 1977. 
  • Flinn, John. "Mime students ham it up for laughs." The Lumberjack, Humboldt State University 6 Apr. 1977: 16. 
  • Jon Foley Sherman, The Practice of Astonishment: Devising, Phenomenology, and Jacques Lecoq, Theatre Topics, Vol.20 No. 2 Sept. 2010, Johns Hopkins University Press (ATHE),  pp 90, 96, 99

Previews and Reviews

  • The Liar (Peer Gynt)
    Carlson, Marvin. “The Liar. Dell’Arte Company and Jomfru Ane Theatre.” Ibsen News and Comment, by the Ibsen Society of America. Vol. 26, 2006: 13 – 15
    Johnson, Dylan. “Dell’Arte tackles Ibsen’s ‘Peer Gynt’.” Eureka Times-Standard. 15, Dec. 2005. sec. Northern Lights: 10
  • The Golden State
    Connema, Richard. "A slap happy production of The Golden State." Talkin' Broadway. 
    Hurwitt, Robert. "Moliere meets slapstick in 'Golden State'" San Francisco Chronicle 1 Nov. 2004.
  • James Sims, Dell'Arte Company Makes Rare LA Appearance in February   http://losangeles.broadwayworld.com/article/  Dec. 14, 2007 Preview of "The Golden State"
  • Three Pigs
    "And this little piggy went to Blue Lake..." The Arcata Eye 23 Nov. 2004, sec. Scene: 11. 
    Dooley, John. "Dell'Arte presents 'Three Pigs'" Eureka Times-Standard 9 Dec. 2004, sec. Northern Lights: 1+. 
    "Three Pigs: A Comic Tail with a Twist." Humboldt Advocate 24 Nov. 2004: 7. 
    Vogel, Meghan. "Huffin' and Puffin'" Eureka Times-Standard 25 Nov. 2004, sec. Northern Lights: 8. 
  • The 30 Show
    "Happy hits of yesteryear." The Arcata Eye 18 May 2004, sec. Scene. 
    Shields, Isabella. "Clown Staying Power: 'The 30 Show'" Eureka Times-Standard 1 July 2004, sec. Northern Lights: 11-13. 
  • Penthesilea
    Kovacich, Katherine. "Dell'Arte presents a Greek Tragedy with 'Penthesilea'" Eureka Times-Standard 22 Jan. 2004, sec. Northern Lights: 10. 
  • In the Land of the Grasshopper Song
    Marsh, Larry. "Dell'Arte Plays In the Land of the Grasshopper Song." The Lumberjack 3 Dec. 2003, sec. The Scene: 17+. 
    Savage, Jennifer. "'Grasshopper'--Dell'Arte style." The Arcata Eye 4 Nov. 2003, sec. Scene: 12. 
    Stewart, Amy. "In the Land of the Grasshopper Song." North Coast Journal 13 Nov. 2003, sec. Opening Night. 
  • Casanova:Animal Instinct
    Butler, Wendy. "'Casanova'--An ambitiously sexual and historical journey." Eureka Time-Standard 3 July 2003, sec. Northern Lights: 6+. 
    Stewart, Amy. "Sultry sensual instinct." North Coast Journal 3 July 2003: 14. 
  • Second Skin
    McBain, Leslie. "Joan Schirle shines in Second Skin." Gulf Islands Driftwood 7 Feb. 2002. 
  • Paradise Lost
    Butler, Wendy. "The Devil Made Them Do It: God and Satan Square Off on Scientific Grounds in Dell'Arte's 21st Century Paradise Lost." American Theatre Oct. 2002: 38-40,134,135.
  • \Shotgun Wedding
    Lust, Annette. "Moliere Transported to Blue Lake Via Schirle's 'Shotgun Wedding'" Commuter Times 22 June 2000.
  • Original Instructions
  • Hobbs, Dawn. "Karuk, Hmong tales told in innovative show." The Union 13 Oct. 1994, sec. Arts. 
  • Slapstick
    Avery, Marybeth. "'Slapstick' a Vaudevillian Masterpiece." Gay and Lesbian Times, San Diego 26 May 1994: 48. 
    Schneider, Christopher. "Playwrights meld family, slapstick and psychobabble." La Jolla Light 19 May 1994. 
    Shirley, Don. "'Slapstick provocatively seeks sources of violence." Los Angeles Times 8 Feb. 1991, sec. Stage Review. 
    Smith, Jeff. "Low comedy and high drama twice combined." San Diego Weekly Reader 19 May 1994: 69. 
    Smith, Jeff. "Time is the Enemy." The San Diego Reader 19 May 1994, sec. Calendar/Theater: 69-70. 
    Stein, Pat. "Serious spin on 'Slapstick' at San Diego Rep." North County Blade-Citizen 20 May 1994, sec. Onstage. 
    Stevens, Rob. "Slapstick at the Lyceum Stage." Backstage West 26 May 26, sec. Reviews: 11. 
  • Weingartner, Nancy. "'Slapstick hits a chord with audience." Daily Californian 19 May 1994. 
    Welsh, Anne Marie. "'Slapstick' fun has dark edge of old pain." San Diego Union-Tribune 13 May 1994. 
    Berson, Misha. "Getting Physical: Laurel and Hardy meet Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 'Slapstick'" San Francisco Bay Guardian 25 Oct. 1989. 
  • Performance Anxiety
    Centell, Linda. "Double good fun with 'Performance Anxiety'" The Union, Arcata CA 25 June 1981. 
    Gibbs, Cheryl. "No anxiety about Performance Anxiety." Eureka Times-Standard 25 June 1981. 
  • Student Shows
    Beltz, Ellin. "Halt! Who goes where? Nights of melodrama and absurd comedy." North Coast Journal 17 Mar. 2005: 16. 
    "Chock full of emotion." The Arcata Eye 15 Mar. 2005, sec. Scene: 15. 
    "Clown masters." The Arcata Eye 30 Sept. 2003, sec. Scene: 12. 
    "Dell'Arte Finals." The Arcata Eye 25 May 2004. 
    "Those masked clowns." The Arcata Eye 15 Feb. 2005, sec. Scene: 10. 
    "Vice, Virtues and Grand Emotions." Humboldt Advocate 16 Mar. 2005, sec. Scene and Heard: 14. 
  • Youth Academy
    “The Crenshaw Experiment.” .” Eureka Times-Standard. 15, Dec. 2005. sec. Northern Lights: 2.
    "Clowns and kids and the Bard in Blue Lake." The Arcata Eye 23 Mar. 2004, sec. Scene. 
    Machale, Barry. "Circo Stupendo gives youth a leg up." Eureka Times-Standard 10 Nov. 2005, sec. Northern Lights: 13. 
    "Stupendo Specatular." Eureka Times-Standard 14 Nov. 2005: a3. 
  • NET Festival
    Smith, Linda. "Ensemble Theatre Festival: National theatre community descends on Blue Lake." Eureka Times-Standard 16 June 2005, sec. Northern Lights: 11, 12. 
    "Editor's Pick: Ensemble Theatre Festival." Theatre Bay Area June 2005: 3.  
  • Mad River Festival
    "MRF 2004 Finale." The Arcata Eye 20 July 2004, sec. Scene: 13. 
    Vogel, Meghan.
  • "Rockin' with the Bands Out Back." Eureka Times-Standard 14 July 2005, sec. Northern Lights: 11-12. 
    Bishop, Brenda. "Mad River Fest shines with Lume." Eureka Times-Standard 13 July 2000: 2.
    "Mad River Fest marches on: 'Edge Fest'--Dell'Arte grads show off." The Arcata Eye 12 July 2005, sec. Scene. 
    Butler, Wendy. "On the fringe with Edge Fest: Dell'Arte Mad River Festival premieres latest showcase of amazing talent." EurekaTimes-Standard 4 July 2002, sec. After 5: d1+. 
    "They're 'Edgy': Dell'Arte's Mad River Festival continues." The Eureka Reporter 13 July 2005: b7. 
    Beltz, Ellin. "The Cutting Edge." North Coast Journal 16 June 2005: 17. 
    "Dell'Arte Players open new comedy." Eureka Times-Standard 17 June 1981. 
  • Dell'Arte receives PRIZE OF HOPE, 2005. Northcoast Journal. http://www.northcoastjournal.com/calendar/events/prize-hope/
  • Joan Schirle receives TCG/Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship 2006 http://www.tcg.org/about/press/release.cfm?rel=48; http://www.tcg.org/grants/fox/fox_recipients.cfm
    "Eureka author, Dell'Arte win 2006 endowment awards." Eureka Times-Standard 12 Dec. 2005: a2. 
    "Otto Rene Castillo Award for Political Theatre." All Stars Project Inc.: Theatre for the Whole City. 
    "Theatre communications Group announces Grant Recipients in the National Theatre Artist Residency Program." The Pew Charitable Trusts. 6 May 2002.
    "Dell'Arte awarded 'Cornerstone' grant by Irvine Foundation." The Arcata Eye 25 July 2000, sec. Scene. 
    "Dell'Arte Awarded 'Cornerstone' Grant." The Humboldt Beacon 20 July 2000.  



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