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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 Nancy Lafrenz Memorial Scholarship
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Nancy Lafrenz Memorial Scholarship: 
Funding the future

Scholarship funds the work of Dell'Arte alumni

during the Mad River Festival  

On December 26, 2005, Nancy Jacobs Lafrenz succumbed to colon cancer. At the young age of 31, Nancy was an exceptional actor, a charming clown, a devoted daughter, a good friend and a loving wife. The Dell’Arte graduating class of 2002 needs your help to keep Nancy’s memory alive forever.


Nancy’s classmates, in participation with The Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre and the Humboldt Area Foundation, have built a scholarship that is awarded annually in Nancy’s name. The Nancy Lafrenz Memorial Scholarship is awarded to one ensemble of Dell’Arte graduates to enable them to build a show for Dell’Arte’s annual Mad River Festival. This scholarship is open to any ensemble of graduating Dell’Arte students and will be chosen by instructors at Dell’Arte. This scholarship will enable young theatre artists to begin their professional careers. The scholarship is a trust fund, which ensures that it will be around indefinitely. That also means that your donation is 100 percent tax deductible. 


Thanks to the help of people like you, in 2010 Dell’Arte was able to produce “The Greatest Story Never Told” by Creatively Independent, a small theatre company of Dell’Arte alums. Nancy’s parents and husband were flown out to see the production, which included Zuzka Sabata, one of Nancy’s former classmates. This would not have been possible without Nancy’s scholarship.  International grads benefit as well--Swedish alum Anna Svensson brought "The Forgotten King," and in 2012 this scholarship allowed MFA alumnus Carlos Alexis Cruz to bring his Portland company, Teatro Pelu, to the Festival with "Suicide Note of a Cockroach." 2013 brought "The Fish In My Head" with 7 alums to the Festival prior to a Fall tour.


We'd love to ensure that this scholarship lives on.  As the years progress, we must continue to raise money for this scholarship to make it larger in order to provide a greater award to graduating students. To help keep Nancy’s memory alive we ask that you make a donation today. 


You can donate online right now at the Humboldt Area Foundations’ website:



Or you can make your check out to Humboldt Area Foundation and write Nancy Lafrenz Memorial Scholarship in the memo section of you check. You can mail your check to:


Humboldt Area Foundation

373 Indianola Rd.

Bayside, CA 95524


If you have any questions about the Nancy Lafrenz Memorial Scholarship you can contact Dell’Arte at 707-668-5663 or the Humboldt Area Foundation at 707-442-2993. 


Thank you for making this possible,


The Dell’Arte graduating class of 2002  



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