The Joan Schirle Collection


Joan Schirle established and led 20 of Dell’Arte’s unique one-month study trips to Bali for traditional performing arts (topeng, dance, mask carving, and shadow puppetry), taught by Balinese masters.

Joan Schirle, Dell' Arte International Study Abroad Program, Bali

Joan in the words of her friends

She was a mirror and confidante. One of the greatest things I learned from her is to be present for your life – and to embrace all the gnarliness of your humanity.

Janessa Johnsrude, friend, Dell’Arte teacher, Blue Lake CA

I loved Joan dearly and admired her status in the world of theatre education, but more; the grace and humility with which she navigated that role.

Swami Newmi Newman, Ubud, Bali

I was riveted by her dynamic and commanding performances.

David Ferney, actor, photographer, cinematographer, Arcata CA