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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The weather in Blue Lake is cool with lots of rain in the winter. Temperatures range from 42 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Students are advised to bring warm socks, sweaters and rain gear as part of their wardrobes.

Health Insurance

The school does not offer student health insurance. Students are highly advised to provide their own health insurance. Dell’Arte has an affiliate relationship with Fractured Atlas, an artist service organization.  As part of this relationship, prospective students, enrolled students and alumni of Dell’Arte may join Fractured Atlas as an associate member for free.  Associate membership allows individuals to access lower rates on several health and liability insurance plans.  For more information you can visit the Fractured Atlas website at www.fracturedatlas.org/dellarte. If students plan to use prior health insurance while at Dell’Arte, we advise that they find out if their insurance will cover them for out of state service. Kaiser Permanente and Blue Shield are almost never accepted in Humboldt County.


In Blue Lake, mail is delivered only to the Post Office. Students may use the following address to receive their personal mail:  P.O. Box 128, Blue Lake CA 95525. Monday through Friday mail will be collected and put into the student mail bins in the office. Student mail will then be picked up by a student mail person generally by 2pm Monday – Friday and distributed to individual student mail cubbies. Upon graduation Dell’Arte will forward student mail to a provided address for up to 6 months.. 


Dell’Arte has a small performing arts library available for student, staff and faculty use on the second floor of the Main Building. The library contains a broad collections of writings on theatre, with sections devoted to theater history and theater studies, commedia dell’arte, mask, movement, melodrama and clown, containing plays, artist biographies, story and poetry collections, and music instruction books. The library also has theatre magazines and periodicals, as well as research materials regarding contemporary theatre companies and ensemble practice. There are movies, documentaries, biographies and reference tapes in the video library.

Library hours will be posted at the beginning of each term. During the posted hours, the library will be open for browsing, and a student librarian will be available to check out books and videos. Items may not be checked out from the library at any other time.

Students are responsible for knowing what books or videos they have borrowed and when they are due. Normally, the due date for books is at the end of the current school term, when all books on loan are recalled. Videos may be checked out for one week only. Students, staff and faculty may check out up to three videos from the Video Library list at a time. There are two boxes available for returning borrowed materials in the Dell’Arte main office, above the faculty mailboxes.

When items are overdue and students fail to return the item after one e-mail notification, the fine will be $1 per day from the day after the notification was sent until the item is returned. All fines will be automatically deducted from the student’s deposit at the end of the year. In the case of lost or damaged books, the fine deducted will be the cost of replacing the book. For lost or damaged videos, the replacement fee is $15.

Weekly Schedule

Weekly schedules of classes are posted on the central bulletin board and distributed to students. Classes generally run Monday through Friday from 8:55am-5:15pm with a 1.5-hour lunch break, with the exception of Nature Day the second week of October that runs from 6am-9pm. In the evenings, students spend 1-3 hours rehearsing or attending colloquium courses. Classes generally do not run on the weekends. Exceptions include performance weekends; there are often optional extra-curricular weekend activities like Acro Club.

Driver's License and Car Registration

If you bring your car from out of state, California State law requires that those who move here, age 23 and older, must register their car in California within 20 days and get a California driver's license within 10 days of moving here. Those under the age of 23 are not affected by this law. Foreign students who want to be able to drive while in the US should get an International Drivers License before leaving home. Once here, the only option is to get a California license by passing both written and driving tests.

Appropriate Attire

Studio clothes should be simple in line and color and should be reasonably form fitting. Students should not wear logo t-shirts, stripes or prints. Bare chests will not be permitted. Street shoes may not be worn in the studios. Bare feet or training shoes are the only approved footwear. Students should not wear perfumes or scents to class. Jewelry, including all piercings should be removed. Daily body cleaning and clean workout clothes are a must, as are undergarments. Hairstyling should be simple and securely kept out of the eyes and off the face.

City of Blue Lake

The City of Blue Lake has a website with some useful information on it for new residents.



We are always happy to answer any additional questions you may have. Please feel free to call us at (707) 668-5663 or email info@dellarte.com 



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