Who We Are

KO Theater Works, inc. was made to:

  • foster creativity & innovation in the theater by providing alternative production structures for new work
  • encourage and support innovative collaborations within and across disciplines
  • develop  international and intercultural collaborations
  • establish a training & research program for theater artists wishing to create new work collaboratively

Artistic Director Bio

Sabrina Hamilton

co-founded and is the Artistic Director of the Ko Festival of Performance in Amherst, MA. For many years she worked with the New York theatre company Mabou Mines as Lighting Designer, Production Manager, Stage Manager, Performer, and Assistant Director. Other credits include work at the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Goodman Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum and 6 years as Route Lighting Designer for New York’s Village Halloween Parade under the direction of Ralph Lee. International lighting credits include work in Bologna, Florence, Milan, London, Grenada, Geneva, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Amsterdam, Brussels, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, at the Bristol Old Vic, the Theatre Academy in Tampere, Finland, and at the International Theatre Festival in Havana, Cuba. She has spent much of the past year touring with Sandglass Theater. as the lighting deisgner for their production of D-GENERATION: An Exaltation of Larks, the show that closed Ko’s season on “Age & Aging.”

Sabrina’s directing work, primarily original pieces, has been seen in New York, Berlin and throughout New England. She directed CRAVINGS: Songs of Hunger and Satisfaction, from the 2008 Ko Festival that went on to a three-week, sold-out run at the Central Square Theatre in Cambridge, MA, where it garnered a  nomination for an IRNE Award.  It continues to tour. Other directing  credits include working with Laurie McCants, winner of this year’s presteigious Fox Fellowship in her first solo piece, INDUSTRIOUS ANGELS.

Hamilton has served on the Editorial Board of Theatre Topics. She is on the Lighting Commission of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), for whom she serves as head of their Portfolio Review program and as the International Liaison. Hamilton is the USITT representative to the Lighting Design Working Group of OISTAT, the international parent body of USITT. In addition, Hamilton has served on a N.E.H. panel, the “New Forms” panel for Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Designers panel and the “Dramatic Writing” panel for the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She holds a B.A. from Hampshire College and double M.F.A. in Directing and Lighting Design from the UMASS/Amherst. She has been on the faculties of Hampshire, Williams and Trinity Colleges, and Long Island University, and served as the Program Director of the M.F.A. Theatre Program at Towson University for 2006-7. She was the Membership Associate for the Network of Ensemble Theaters and also served for two terms on their Board of Directors.


Assistant to the Artistic Director: Caroline Mabee

Community Engagement and Outreach: James Arana

Technical Director: Holly Gettings

Lead Discussion Facilitator: Kermit Dunkelberg

Press: Michaela O’Brien/MOBpr

We are currently seeking a Company Manager, Program Ad Salesperson for the 2016 season.  If interested email a resume and cover letter to info@ko-6-5.mystagingwebsite.com.

We are also seeking interns for the 2016 season. If interested, please visit our internship page.


Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is made up of people who have decided that Ko plays an important enough part in their lives that they are willing to donate their “time, talent and treasure” in order to ensure Ko’s continued existence. There are many ways to help. WON’T YOU JOIN THEM?

Constance Congdon
Playwright/Department of Theater and Dance Amherst College

Lesley Farlow
Performing Artist/Department of Theater and Dance Trinity College

Dan Green
President of
The Green Internet Group

Sarah Goshman
Assistant Director of Jacob’s Cure

Sabrina Hamilton
Artistic Director of Ko Theater Works/Ko Festival of Performance

J.M. Sorrell
Justice of the Peace, and Ombudsman Program Director at Highland Valley Elder Services

Jenny Spencer
Professor, English Department
University of Massachusetts

Email us for further information or call us anytime at (413) 427-6147