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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Getting to Blue Lake
Blue Lake is 290 miles north of San Francisco; six miles inland from the Pacific Ocean on Highway 299.

Driving Directions From San Francisco to Dell’Arte:
Driving time: about five and a half hours.

Take highway 101 north for about 270 miles. Just north of Arcata is Highway 299 East. Take 299 East for about 5 miles.  Exit at Blue Lake and stay to the right. Go straight through the roundabout and take the next right at Greenwood. (Greenwood runs in front of the elementary school.) Once on Greenwood, follow the road as it curves to the left at City Hall. Turn left at the second (2nd) stop sign. Dell’Arte is the large yellow and red building on your left. Our address is 131 H. Street, corner of First.

Driving Directions from Portland or Seattle to Dell’Arte:
Driving time: about eight hours from Portland.

Take Interstate 5 South. At Grant’s Pass, OR, get on Highway 199 West. This ends at Highway 101 in Crescent City, CA. Take Highway 101 South. It is about 80 miles, or an hour and a half to Highway 299. Take Highway 299 East and follow the directions above.
Many students who are flying into San Francisco contact each other in advance and arrange to share the rental of an Avis/Hertz/National rental car that they can drop off at our local airport. Bear in mind that whoever will be driving must be 25 and have a credit card to rent a car in California. Also, please be sure that the rental car agent marks the ARCATA airport as the final destination, not the Arcadia airport.

Flying time: 1 hour from San Francisco; 45 min. from Sacramento.

The nearest airport is Eureka/Arcata Airport (ACV) located a few miles north on Highway 101 in McKinleyville and is served only by United.  Please make sure to use the airport code ACV when booking travel online. Also have it available for the travel agent. It is usually very expensive to fly to Arcata from anywhere so book at least three weeks in advance. All flights to ACV connect through San Francisco, Sacramento, or Portland.

Airport shuttle service to Dell’Arte from the Arcata airport costs $18. Reservation number: 1-888-338-5497.Rental car agencies at ACV are Hertz, National, and Avis. Enterprise is located offsite and offers free pickup.

By Bus
Trip duration: about eight hours from San Francisco; twelve hours from Portland.

The nearest Greyhound/Amtrak Bus station is in Arcata, 7 miles south of Blue Lake on Highway 101. The Greyhound bus line travels to Arcata from San Francisco or Portland. It costs about $40 one way. Call Greyhound at 1-800-321-2222.  There is no passenger train service to this area.

Local Services
Taxi service
from Arcata to Blue Lake is City Cab. (707) 442-4551. Cost: about $28.

Local bus from Arcata (including the Greyhound bus station) to Blue Lake runs every hour on the half-hour beginning at 7:31AM to 7:31PM. It costs $1.35.

Where to Stay
The Chumayo Spa is across the street from us Railroad & H and has guest accomodations above the spa that they rent by the night. (707) 668-0101.

The Blue Lake Casino and Hotel, just outside the city limits, has a full-service hotel, with 24 hour restaurant, pool, and gas station. A 5-minute walk to Dell’Arte. http://www.bluelakecasino.com/

Blue Lake is 7 miles from Arcata, home of Humboldt State University, where you will find many more lodging and dining options.

Welcome to Blue Lake!

In the town of Blue Lake (pop.1500) you will find one café, one micro-brewery, one spa, one bar, one post office, one  museum, two churches, two gas stations, an elementary school, a roller rink, a city hall, a softball field, tennis courts, walking trails along the Mad River, and miles of scenic splendor—with the world-famous Dell’Arte International at the center of downtown.

Founded by French pioneer, Clement Chartin, Blue Lake was incorporated as a city in 1910. Blue Lake was originally a resort community with people visiting from Arcata and Eureka on the foggy coast for a day of sun and boating on the lake. The Chartin Hotel was located on the shores of the lake.


The lake was short-lived and never more than a large pond, created by a record flood in the early 1800s. Construction of the Mad River levee in the mid 1900s doomed the lake to its current low profile, hidden by willows and rushes, as it is now fed only by two small streams, one of which runs behind Dell’Arte. The lake is located behind and slightly south of The Logger Bar and the Mad River Grange just down the street from Dell’Arte.

The town of Blue Lake was a staging area for pack trains into the Trinity Alps during the gold rush. Later it burgeoned into a mill town, then withered when local timber was used up, and the 13 mills in the valley closed down in the 1950s and 60s. Blue Lake remains a tight-knit community with multi-generational families and pride in civic engagement. All three of the civic buildings — City Hall, the Fire Station and the recreation hall — were built by community volunteers.

Dell’Arte came to town in 1974, attracted by the vacant Odd Fellows Hall, which we purchased and renovated.



Blue Lake is a very safe community. Many residents feel comfortable leaving homes and cars unlocked. There are historic homes and beautiful gardens throughout town as well as walking trails along the river and in the hills. Enjoy exploring.


Some of Blue Lake’s oldest houses can be found on I Street. Walk one block uphill from Dell’Arte on First Avenue and turn left on I.



The river is a three-block walk to the southwest of Dell’Arte on Hatchery Road, which merges with H Street just beyond the Mad River Grange. Walkers, joggers, bird watchers and other recreational users favor the riverside levee. The Mad River’s name comes, not from raging waters, but from an argument that occurred on its banks between members of the Gregg/Wood exploring party (the first whites to “discover” Humboldt Bay) in the early 1800s.



The Blue Lake Museum is housed in the former Arcata and Mad River Railroad depot at Railroad and G Streets. It has Blue Lake pioneer, local Native American, logging and railroad photos and artifacts. (The Logger Bar has a collection of logging photos and equipment that is also well worth seeing).



Hatchery Road leads to the Fish Hatchery, about a mile up river. Visitors are welcome.



Stardough's Cafe at H and Railroad has espresso drinks, sandwiches, burgers, tri-tip, wood-fired pizza; pastries and more for breakfast; lunch, early dinners. (707) 668-1973

The Mad River Brewing Company, our prize-winning local micro-brewery, whose fine libations are served at Dell’Arte, is located halfway to the river, just off Hatchery Road on Taylor Way. They offer tours and and their taproom offers all their brews on tap. Music several days a week, deli food, and local food trucks Thurs – Sat.

The Logger Bar at 510 Railroad Ave & H is cozy, friendly, has a logging museum on the walls, pool table, music on the weekends, and hand pressed juices.

The Blue Lake Casino, is just outside the city limits is the Blue Lake Casino & Hotel, offering food and gambling 24 hours a day, can be reached by walking west on South Railroad (one block south of Railroad) to Chartin and turning left (southwest). They have a gas station.


The Chumayo Spa at the corner of H and Railroad has mud baths and massage.

The Logger Bar— more than 100 years old and Dell’Arte’s watering hole for 30 years — is also on H and Railroad. 


Fish Brothers, also on Taylor Way, sells excellent local smoked fish.


Blue Chair Press, an art studio, is at Railroad and F.


Vance Banjos Recognized for their artistry, craftsmanship and performance, Vance Banjos were one of 26 select Builders included in the North American Banjo Builder Series. The Series - filmed entirely on location by Craig Evans - will become a permanent part of the Smithsonian Folkways "Instrument Builder" Collection later this year. Located next to the Mad River Brewery.

This is the TEASER Reel! https://vimeo.com/57565768


For gas, there is a 76 Station on Blue Lake Blvd. reached by turning northeast on G Street (which becomes Hartman Street), then left at Blue Lake Blvd.





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