SPRING  & SUMMER 2021

A rehearsal of Serious Play's "Moving Water" showing 3 actors in front of a projected image in blues, aquas and purples. A wavy, watery image, it shows one of the actors faces at the top of the frame. In front of the projection an actress stands left of a table looking out at us. She is lit from the left side. The rest of her body is shadowed. She is next to a table filled with glass paraphernalia. A man is is seated behind the table in shadow pouring water into a glass. A 3rd man sits at the table opposite the woman. He is lit from the left and we can see that he is reading a piece of paper.

2 ONLINE SHOWS

Eco-Justice, Environmental Safety & Climate Change

We’re staying online for the summer of 2021.  Amherst College, where we usually present our live performances and workshops, is not hosting and summer programs this year, due to Covid. It’s so hard to be patient. We miss you – but safety first! The silver lining: no matter where you live, you’ll be able to join us this season!

We’ve got 2 exciting shows that you’ll be able to access via the web in the pipeline for this summer: PITI THEATER’s “Hawaii Five-G: Canary in the Gold Mine” and SERIOUS PLAY THEATRE ENSEMBLE’s“Moving Water.” Both of these are in keeping with what will now be a multi-year focus on eco-justice, environmental safety and climate change.  More information and ticketing coming soon!

2022

“ENSEMBLE: Seeding the Future,” a conference/mini-festival we were to co-host with a group of Valley theater ensembles and the Network of Ensemble Theaters has been postponed until the summer of 2021.

STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY

We are horrified by the wave of violence against Asians and Asian Americans.

Ko stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter; with Black, Indigenous, and POC artists, and colleagues; and with the movement-building cultural organizations, collectives, and individuals that have invested decades and generations in the struggle to undo systemic racism. We grieve with and for the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many others brutally murdered at the hands of the state and of white civilians.

We call on our larger community to listen and respond to the national and local leadership of these and other frontline organizers who are, as ever, leading us in this moment with grace and integrity. Please help leverage and distribute resources to support their labor and amplify their vision, as you’re able.

2020 PERFORMANCE

Photograph of Deletta Gillespie, a middle-aged Black woman looking at the camera with a slight smile. She has shoulder-length dreads, and is wearing a necklace of grey and amber beads with above a bronze spiral. She is wearing a raspberry-colored shirt with gold bead edging around the scoop neck.

THE MAGIC CITY MASSACRE • Streaming online June 19, 2020 at 7:30 EST

selections of the play by DELETTA GILLESPIE
Post-show discussion will follow and include DARYL DAVIS, noted for his work convincing Klansmen to leave and denounce the KKK.

Situated in the fictional Museum of Conveniently Forgotten History, “The Magic City Massacre” tells the story of one of the most prosperous black communities in the history of the United States, how Tulsa came to be the site of the worst incidence of civil unrest second only to the Civil War, and why almost one-hundred years later, most Americans still don’t know about it. Your exhibit guide is JUSTICE, a docent....
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2021 Spring & Summer
WORKSHOPS
for adults

TRANSFORMING YOUR WRITING BY RESTING YOUR MIND

TRANSFORMING YOUR WRITING BY RESTING YOUR MIND

A meditation and writing workshop with JUANITA ROCKWELL
MAY 15-16 & OR JULY 10-11. 
Whether we write for our own pleasure or for others, to be read on the page or to be spoken aloud, we want our writing to reflect our experience of the world. But our habitual thinking and the ways we tell these stories become a kind of spell of doing, of busy-ness; a spell that binds us, separates us from others, and limits our authentic expression. If we release this imprint of Doing, what might happen if we can rest in the stillness, silence and spaciousness of our Being? In this two-day, small group workshop, you will learn practices that will ...
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TRANSFORMING YOUR WRITING BY CLEARING YOUR MIND (level 2)

TRANSFORMING YOUR WRITING BY CLEARING YOUR MIND (level 2)

A meditation and writing workshop with JUANITA ROCKWELL
JULY 17-18
A spacious and lively restfulness can be more elusive than we might think. In this workshop we will explore practices that work with breath and body to refresh and clear obstacles of aversion, attachment and confusion. These energetic practices can facilitate a more open and aware resting of your mind in stillness, silence and spaciousness. They can also stimulate memory, imagery and imagination that can enrich our writing and our lives. The first day of this small group workshop focuses on ...
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LAND ACKNOLWEDGEMENT

We wish to acknowledge that Ko Festival headquarters and most of our live offerings come to you from the homeland of the Nipmuc and Pocumtuck tribal peoples. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory, and we honor and respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land.

FESTIVAL PASSES & POSSES

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2020 INTERNSHIPS

We are not taking applications 2020 summer season. internships will resume in 2021. For further information, please visit our internship page. Read more...

SEASON SPONSORS & PROGRAM ADS

We are now seeking sponsors and co-sponsors for the our upcoming online offerings We'd also like to give a shout to the local businesses that have taken Ko Festival Program Ads in previous seasons. Many of them are open. We urge you to patronize them. Click here to see who they are.

FUNDERS

The Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

The 2020 NET/TEN Mini-Grant program of the Network of Ensemble Theaters
 
The Amherst and Pelham Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
 
Art Angels
 
The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
 

In addition, for seasons when we are able to gather in person, we are most grateful to the AMHERST COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF THEATER AND DANCE, for access to their lovely theater and studios.
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