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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First of all, a very special thanks!
We give thanks to a group of very special people - our volunteers from the community.  Each season, hundreds of volunteers log many of hours work with us on everything from audience services, concession services, to behind-the-scenes administrative support.
These wonderful and dedicated volunteers are an incredible asset to us and to you, our patrons.
Please join the Dell'Arte staff in applauding them with standing ovations of sincere gratitude!
We show our gratitude to our volunteers, by inviting them to be our guests to the
Grand Opening of The Mad River Festival with our Dell'Arte Company's premier of our outdoor show, complete with catered delights, and beverages. It is our way of saying THANK YOU.
The Volunteer Program:
  • Since its inception in 1999, the Dell'Arte Volunteer Program has grown to more than 180 participants, many of whom have been with Dell'Arte since the program began. Each year these dedicated volunteers provide in excess of 900 hours of service to Dell'Arte and help welcome more than 5,000 patrons through our theatre doors! 
  • Volunteers are an important aspect of Dell'Arte. Our Professional Training Program, Master of Fine Arts, Dell'Arte Youth Academy, Holiday and Touring programs in addition to our Mad River Festival are all a part of the volunteer experience. Anyone who is interested in volunteering at Dell'Arte, from students, to business people, to seniors, is encouraged to become involved. Dell'Arte can use your help with a variety of volunteer opportunities, including ushering, serving on committees, helping with artist hospitality, and assisting with mailings.
  •  Ushering -- Our volunteer ushers serve as "good will ambassadors" for the theatre and are a vital part of the experience that patrons have when they first enter our theatre. The high level of customer service that the volunteer staff provides to our patrons ensures a favorable first impression and guarantees their comfort and safety when attending Dell'Arte productions.
  • Administration-Facility-Set and Production -- Our volunteers also contribute time and talent to the building of sets, costumes and props, as well as helping us maintain our historic home, the Odd Fellows Hall here in Blue Lake, built in 1891. Some of our volunteers assist in our administrative office, duties vary and may include clerical assistance, computer entry, stuffing mailings, and answering the telephone.
  •  Housing -- Adopt an Actor! Some of our volunteers provide housing for our guest performers locally, or volunteer to house our performers while on tour. We are fortunate to be able to hire actors from New York, Philadelphia and beyond for our productions.  However, we often have an urgent need for housing!  At some points during our busiest time we need to house over 20 actors and technicians!!  A commitment of a private room for from 2 days to 4 weeks is all it takes to become friends with an actor who might be the next Tim Robbins! At some point during the year our local company will be either touring in the Los Angeles, or San Francisco bay area and will need housing. Ask for details.
 How to Participate:
  • Each Dell'Arte performance is a labor of love, and volunteers keep the show going! All are invited to share in the excitement of the performing arts by becoming a volunteer.
    Dell'Arte is always looking for new volunteers who are interested in assisting the Theatre staff during the production of, and during the performances here at Dell'Arte.
  • For more information, or to express your interest in volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator  by e-mail at volunteers@dellarte.com.
  •  If you would like more information about ushering at Dell'Arte, click this link to view a copy of our Usher Pamphlet.
Apply to be a Volunteer: 
If you would like to apply to become a theatre volunteer please click on the following link to download a copy of the Dell'Arte Volunteer application If you would like to volunteer for the current Mad River Festival click on this link MRF 2013 Volunteer Form

The above Dell'Arte orientation pamphlet and volunteer application documents are available in Portable Document Format (PDF), and require Adobe Acrobat Reader to be viewed. If you do not have Acrobat Reader installed on your computer, you can download a free copy from the 
Adobe Systems, Inc. Web site. Simply click the "back" button on your browser to return to this page from the PDF documents.

Please mail the completed application to Dell'Arte Volunteers, PO Box 816, Blue Lake, CA 95525,
or email to Volunteers@dellarte.com or fax the application to 707-668-5665.

These are the many ways you can help…
Administrative Assistance 
Data entry 
Front Desk 
Box Office Will-Call 

Planning Committees 
Special Events
Marketing and Development 
Poster/Flyer Distribution 

Performances (Take tickets, distribute programs, and seat patrons)
Concessions sales and service

Facility Maintenance
Gardening-pulling weeds, pruning, planning, planting
Building repairs

Set Construction - (u
nder the supervision of the Technical Director)
Set construction and lighting
Set painting
Set dressing and props procurement or building

Costumes - (u
nder the supervision of the Costume Designer)
Costume construction
Finding costume items

Every summer our Annie and Mary day pageant director invites the participation of community members to act and play in this Mad River Festival event.
What would you like to do?
Our volunteers’ contribution of time and energy is an important aspect in the operations of Dell'Arte and help provide our patrons with a positive theatre experience.



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