Dell’Arte International Welcomes 40th Class

by Jacob Coakley

The class of 2015 at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Photo by Janessa Johnsrude.The 40th class at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre includes students from 12 countries. Additionally, Kaitlen Osburn, 3rd year MFA student (class of 2015) has been selected as a 2014 Princess Grace Award recipient.


Blue Lake, CA – Dell’Arte International in Blue Lake, California is on the cusp of celebrating the 40th anniversary of the opening of its actor-training school, and is now welcoming its 40th class. Since the founding of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in 1975, Dell’Arte has become the premiere North American facility for the training, research and education of the actor-creator.  The multi-faceted organization also houses the professional Dell’Arte Company and hosts the annual Mad River Festival, as well as many community events throughout the year.  A grand 40-year reunion will be held in Summer 2015.

Founded by Carlo Mazzone-Clementi and Jane Hill, who bought an old Oddfellows Hall in Blue Lake to house their dream of an actor- training center, the School now attracts students from all over the world and has alumni from over 40 counties. This year Dell’Arte is proud to announce that students from 12 countries comprise the 2014/2015 student body; their nationalities include Canada, Germany, Georgia, Ireland, Iran, India, South Korea, Sweden, Denmark, Zimbabwe and the U.S.A.

Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre is home to a three-year, accredited Masters of Fine Arts Program in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre, the only one of its kind in North America. A one-year Professional Training Program runs concurrently with the first year of the MFA. Ronlin Foreman, current School Director describes the training: "The work at Dell’Arte International has emerged as a response to 40 years of physical theatre research, training and professional performance. Dell’Arte’s hope and desire is to develop, in the present age, an embodied actor who regards the space of the stage as a dynamic, poetic realm."  As well as public performance, Dell’Arte’s curriculum encompasses community-based arts and outreach. The first year of the curriculum culminates in a 10-day residency, where students collaborate with rural community members teaching workshops and creating theatrical presentations. Communities served have included Orick, Bridgeville, Orleans, Whale Gulch, Spring Valley, Takilma (OR), Blue Creek/ Ah-pah traditional Yurok Village, Alderpoint, Forks of Salmon, and Petrolia.

There are frequent public student shows throughout the year, usually in Dell’Arte’s Carlo Theatre at 131 H Street in Blue Lake, California. All student shows are pay-what-you-can.


Character Projects (2nd year MFA students): December 11 – 14, 8:00 p.m.

Commedia dell’Arte (1st year PTP/MFA students): February 5 – 7, 8:00 p.m.

Adaptations (2nd year MFA students): February 19 – 22, 8:00 p.m.

Melodrama (1st year PTP/ MFA students): March 19 – 21, 8:00 p.m.

Tragedy (2nd year MFA students): April 23 – 26, 8:00 p.m.

Clown (1st year PTP/MFA students): April 30 – May 2, 8:00 p.m.

Thesis Festival (3rd year MFA students): May 14 – 16 & 21 – 23, 8:00 p.m.

"The Finals" (1st year PTP/MFA students): May 28 – 30, 8:00 p.m.

Storytelling (2nd year MFA students): July 4 – 7, (location and time TBA)


Dell’Arte is pleased to announce Kaitlen Osburn, 3rd year MFA student (class of 2015) has been selected as a 2014 Princess Grace Award recipient. The USA-based Princess Grace Foundation assists emerging talent in theatre, film, and dance with scholarships, fellowships and apprenticeships. The awards are given annually and Osburn is one of 5 students nationwide to win the 2014 award.

Osburn is a collaborator, director, and teacher born and raised in Franklin, Tennessee.  She holds a BFA in acting and directing from Western Kentucky University where she published a thesis about her work with middle and high school students in Forum Theatre. She has worked with Barrel of Monkeys, Rhino Fest, the Minnesota Fringe Festival, and the Chicago Fringe Festival; she has trained with Second City, The Annoyance, and the Neo-Futurists and taught with Lexington Children's Theatre and Rosetown Playhouse. She is an alumnus of Directors Lab Chicago. In 2012, Osburn collaborated internationally and taught with Bluespots Productions in Germany before pursuing her MFA in Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre at Dell'Arte International.

Osburn is the second Dell'Arte student to receive a Princess Grace Award; Carlos Alexis Cruz, MFA '10, won a 2011 award visit for more information.

For more information on Dell’Arte, visit, call 707-668-5663 or visit 131 H Street, Blue Lake CA, 95525.