July 11 – 16


with KALI QUINN of Accademia Dell’Arte (Arezzo, Italy)

Mask, Movement & Mayhem invites you to expand your range of physical, vocal, and creative expression… Together we will delve into in-depth explorations using the languages of Viewpoints, masks, circus, music-making, and more. Warning: If you have thought that these things could never be mixed and matched and all exist on the same stage or within the same workshop, think again!

MASK: Conceal to reveal!
Within class, you will have the opportunity to discover extreme characters with Commedia dell’Arte masks or clown noses or by changing the shape of your body with stilts or buffoon costumes. These elements aren’t put on to hide behind, but to liberate a character that has not yet been given permission to play.

MOVEMENT: A rapid progress of events!
Our daily sessions will start with physical training boot camp and then leap into explosive ensemble play. We will work both in indoor theater spaces and outside on the streets creating individual and group performance pieces.

MAYHEM: A state of rowdy disorder!

Students will be encouraged and encourage one another to push themselves beyond their habitual tendencies and everyday comfort zone into scary territories of the unknown in order to see what else may be lurking and ready to surprise us all.

Whether you think you can move or not, whether you are a teacher, performer or not, this workshop is for you. Join performing artist Kali Quinn, as she facilitates participants through a six-day creative journey that generates genre-defying performance work. All levels of experience and expertise are encouraged!


“I have worked with Kali as an artist, teacher and collaborator. But it is her true caring and compassion as a human being that makes her such an exhilarating teacher and a true inspiration to anyone who is able to study with her.”

~ Daniel Stein, Head of Movement Brown University/Trinity Rep

“We couldn’t ask for better company in verbal and physical wit than Quinn… wonderfully versatile.”

~ Backstage

“I believe that Kali will have a large, important and memorable impact on theatre in her lifetime.  She brings great value and credit to everyone lucky enough to work with her.”

~ Stephen Stearns, Founder of New England Youth Theater


Kali Quinn has performed with Padua Playwrights, Push Push Theatre, NY International Clown Festival, Dell’Arte Company, HERE Arts Center and Clowns Without Borders in Guatemala. Her solo work has played at the United Solo Theatre Festival, The Tank, SoloNOVA Festival at PS 122, Los Angeles Women’s Festival, Dialogue ONE at Williams College, and at other venues throughout the Northeast.

Kali has taught and designed movement for The Pearl Theatre Company, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, New England Circus Center, New England Circus Center, Emory College, South Eastern Theatre Conference (SETC), Brown University/Trinity Rep, New England Youth Theater, Vermont Academy, University of Rochester, MOTH Aerial Dance  and Grupo Galpao in Brazil.

After her BA from the University of Rochester International Theater Program, Kali went on to get an MFA from the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theater  Kali currently serves on the Board of the Networks of Ensemble Theaters, is a Co-Founding Artistic Director of the ensemble GUTWorks and is a core staff member for Accademia Dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy.

In 2009, her previous solo Vamping, was a hit with Valley audiences. Following its successful run in NYC at The Tank, Kali’s newest solo, Overture to a Thursday Morning will be performed July 22-25 as part of this summer’s 20th Anniversary season of the Ko Festival of Performance.

Visit www.kaliquinn.com


Workshops are geared for participants of all levels of experience, whose ages have run from 18-85.

Workshops will meet from 10 am – 4 pm, Monday through Saturday, in Studio I or Studio II of Webster Hall on the Amherst College campus in Amherst, MA.

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Workshops cost $399. There is a $50 discount for registration by May 1.

Contact us to apply for limited pool of financial aid, or for discounts for KoFest workshop or intern alums, ATHE, N.E.T. (Network of Ensemble Theaters) members or staff/artists from TCG member theatres.

Optional room and board are available on the Amherst College campus for an additional fee.
Workshop housing is $200, for a single with a shared bath, in an Amherst College dorm. A meal ticket for the Dining Commons (delicious, healthy food, much of it local) is $182.

Email us, if you are interested in alternative housing. There are a number of hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts in the area.

Studios, theatre, dining commons and dorms are all within walking distance.

CLICK HERE to download a PDF of our registration form and mail it to:

The Ko Festival of Performance
498 South Gulf Road
Belchertown, MA 01007

Questions? For further information email us or call (413) 427-6147.

NOTE: Some people have been having trouble downloading the PDF registration form.
If that happens to you, email or call us (see above) and we will send you a registration form via email or post.