Dell'Arte International


Joan Schirle, Founding Artistic Director

Michael Fields, Producing Artistic Director

Fran Beatty, Executive Director

Lauren Wilson, School Director

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Submission Policy:

Resume by email for actors/directors/designers to [email protected] Does not accept playwright queries.

Theater Types:

Equity, Touring, New Work


To employ and revitalize the traditional physical theatre forms to explore contemporary concerns.

Dell’Arte International is the North American center for theatre training, research, and performance of the actor-creator. A committed community of artists who model and share in a sustained ensemble artistic practice. Values include engendering the relationship between art and place, artist and community. Dell'Arte is a community of artists who for over 35 years have modeled and shared a sustained ensemble practice. DAI consists of a professional, international touring ensemble, the Dell’Arte Company; the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, offering a one-year certificate program and an accredited MFA in Ensemble-based Physical Theatre, the first of its kind in the world; and the annual summer Mad River Festival. Organizational members of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), Association of Theatre Movement Educators (ATME), and the Network of Ensemble Theatres (NET).

See also listing under California Acting Schools.