2016 Interns

We are not taking intern applications for 2021. The intern selection process for 2022 will begin in January 2022.


The performances at Ko are curated on a theme that we think will entertain, provoke and inspire our audiences – we are still curating our upcoming season but this year our season will have an environmental theme.

All our shows are adventurous, devised works created by the people who perform them & their teams of collaborators. We are not ready to announce our season yet, but as soon as we are you’ll be able  visit our home page for more information about our 2018 lineup. In addition, we offer rehearsal residencies and intensive 6-day workshops by master teachers. Interns may take the workshops at a greatly reduced rate.

Who Might Be Interested

Naturally those with a theater or dance background, but also to those compelled by the devised work, civic dialogue or ensemble or solo performance.  Most often our interns are undergraduate or graduate students, but we have also had faculty members and practicing professionals who want to re-energize and widen their horizons join us.

Interns have ranged from 18-55 and have been students, educators and professionals looking to expand their horizons.

General Description

Interns work closely with the staff and the visiting artists to execute the full range of summer activities, including mounting and running of the shows, assisting with rehearsal residencies where new work is being created, hosting the visiting artists and workshop students, and the creation of visual displays about the work.

Experience, particularly in the technical and front-of-house aspects of theatrical production, is welcome but all interns will receive additional training for their work, which will be in a multiplicity of production areas.  Our interns do not specialize. We do, however, take requests for particular assignments for particular productions.  We assume each intern will come to us with some skills, but that nobody will have experience in all of our task areas.  We have time in our schedule to train each of our interns in multiple new skills.

Interns are full members of the artistic community at the festival, and as such are encouraged to participate in the discussions that follow all the performances at the festival.

Useful Information

All activities will be held on the Amherst College campus in Amherst, MA between beginning June 27 and interns will depart August 7.

Internship dates may be somewhat flexible.

The internships are paid a stipend. Housing is also provided and the cost of living is low and. Interns are housed on campus along with Festival artists and staff in single rooms in a wonderful mansion with a large and fully-equipped kitchen.

There is a bike path right near the housing and the center of Amherst is just a short walk away. Cars are useful, but not absolutely necessary as the housing, studio and performance spaces are all within walking distance.

The campus is easily reached by bus (to Amherst Center) and train (to Northampton, MA) nearest airport is Bradley Airport in Hartford, CT (BDL).

To Apply:

Download the application form: Ko-intern-application-form-20

Email it to sabrina@kofest.com and Artistic Director, Sabrina Hamilton, will contact you to set up a phone or Skype/FaceTime interview.

QUESTIONS? Call (413) 427-6147.