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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James Hildebrandt
Technical Directort

James Hildebrandt was born and raised in the midwest, just outside Chicago, Illinois. He studied painting and lithography at Harper College and later at the University of Minnesota at the Minneapolis campus. During that time he volunteered at May Day parades building puppets and props for The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater. Seeing the amazing world of puppetry, it inspired him to delve into creating his own puppet theater, Maggotry Shadow Puppet Theater. He collaborated with other artists and performed throughout the Twin Cities for two years performing shadow plays.
     In spring of 2013 he taught shadow puppet workshops at 3 local schools and was the artist/teacher at Blue Lake Elementary School. Summer of 2013 he created a 34 ft long dragon puppet wtih children, participating in Pageant on the Plaza, a performance camp for kids. In the fall he helped organize with The Ink People and Bandamonium, a Day of the Dead event/street parade in Eureka and created 2 giant skeleton puppets. Most recently in 2014 he has collaborated and performed as a member with Four on the Floor productions creating shadow, toy and bunraku puppets for The Well at the Worlds End, three heroine stories as part of the family series at the Arcata Playhouse. Currently he is teaching shadow puppetry at 4 local schools and was technical director Elisabeth's Book at Dell’ Arte International.



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