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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Joan Schirle

Joan Schirle
Founding Artistic Director/Master Teacher

Joan's "I Am Theatre" video, part of TCG's 50th anniversary series of short videos of 50 US theatre artists is here www.tcg.org/fifty/videosdetails.cfm

Joan Schirle is the founding artistic director of Dell'Arte International and served as director of the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre from 2002 - 2011.  She is an actor, playwright, director, deviser and teacher, whose acting work was recognized with a 2006 Fox Foundation/TCG Resident Actor Fellowship in the first round of awards for professional development. In 2004 she was honored at the 16th Cairo International Experimental Theatre Festival as a leader in the field of experimental theatre. Joan designed the curriculum for DAI’s accredited MFA in Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre, now in its seventh year, and continues to direct DAI's annual Bali program.  She is a senior teacher of the FM Alexander Technique; her teaching work includes movement, mask performance, commedia dell'arte, voice and physical acting. She has devoted her research to the work of the actor as mover/creator. Joan has taught in MFA programs at Yale, UCSD, University of Missouri Kansas City, as well as for the artists of Cirque du Soleil. She has directed productions at San Diego Rep, the Alley in Houston, Bloomsburg Ensemble, A Traveling Jewish Theatre, Touchstone Ensemble, Colorado University/Boulder and Dell'Arte; her solo show, Second Skin, has been seen in many US and international cities. In Fall, 2012 she was invited to teach physical acting at the Beijing Dance Academy in China. She created the role of Mary Jane in "Mary Jane: The Musical" at the 2011 Mad River Festival.
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