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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 Mask Makers

The role of maskmakers and mask performance research have been part of Dell’Arte’s pedagogical approach as well as its formal theatrical explorations. Copeau and Lecoq’s mask studies, as well as research into the mask traditions of Bali and other traditional cultures have influenced the work of the Company and School.  The Dell’Arte pedagogy approaches mask as a embracing metaphor for the work of the actor, not just as the object worn on the face.

Some maskmakers have come to study the performing arts at the School in order to expand their own relationship to the art, and a number of artists who began as students of acting-- or as faculty in the School-- found their true passion in the work of crafting masks and are now part of the number of professional maskmakers who are part of the Dell’Arte legacy.

Dell’Arte alumni working as professional maskmakers:

Torbjorn Alstrom
Suzanne Bakker  www.clownnosefactory.com
Dean Bareham
Doug Berky
Kate Braidwood Phoenix
Tara Cariaso www.waxingmoonmasks.com/
Xistine Cook animatedobjects.ca/
Aaron Cromie 
Joe & Minna Dieffenbacher
Mimi Doyka
Todd Espeland
Tony Fuemmler
Barbara Geary
Wendy Gough  
Newman  www.commediamask.com
Alyssa Ravenwood
Kirby Soderberg
Stefan Vernier 
Deven Sisler www.devensisler.com
Nick Trotter www.nicktrotter.com

Bruce Marrs

Some of the maskmaking instructors at the School in the early years were: Jon’Paul Cook, Alain Schons, Tony Pellegrino, Robert Ernsthal.

Mask performance has been taught by by a number of instructors over the years; primary mask performance instructors have been Mazzone-Clementi, Joan Schirle, Jon’Paul Cook, Bruce Marrs,  Joe Dieffenbacher, Stephen Buescher, Alicia Martinez-Alvarez, and Ronlin Foreman, with shorter workshops from Leonard Pitt, Arne Zaslove, Ole Brekke, Michael Fields, Julie Goell, Kaf Warman, Torbjorn Alstrom.

In addition, many students have developed their own interest in the work of the maskmaker, making masks for their own projects or others’ projects, without creating fulltime professional careers for themselves.




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