Ko is taking part in VALLEY GIVES DAY, Tuesday, May 1.

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Ko is taking part in VALLEY GIVES DAY, Tuesday, May 1.

KoFest costs have taken a leap this year. In response, several Ko Board Members and Ko-stars have put together a matching grant of $3500. Won’t you join our team of Ko-conspirators.

We can’t make this match without you!
Click here to visit our Valley Gives page.

Artistic Director, Sabrina Hamilton will be doing a marathon of Facebook Live events tomorrow telling Ko Festival war-stories, backstage dish and memorable moments. Join her every hour on the hour here starting from 10am-

Ko is taking part in VALLEY GIVES DAY, Tuesday, May 1.2018-04-30T21:49:46+00:00

FIRST PERSON: Crafting Your Story for Performance 2018

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July 16  – 21, 2017

FIRST PERSON: Crafting Your Story for Performance

with GERARD STROPNICKY

Jerry-Stropnicky

Come with a story. (Or two. Or three.) Leave with a performance. (Or two. Or three.)

Come without a story, and by the end of Day One, you’ll discover more compelling material than you’d ever think possible. “After all,” says theatre artist Gerard Stropnicky, “people are simply wonderful walking story anthologies.”

Why do some stories – some performances – spark your imagination, set fire to your soul, and leave you transformed, while others just sit there? Is it the content, or the telling? The framing, or the style? Can story be employed to bring laughter, or tears, or understanding, or lasting social change, or all of the above?

Gerard Stropnicky has been working in story for twenty years. This award-winning director has helped create compelling work from interview, gathered story, letters to the editor, even advertisements, recipes and children’s games. He’s written, directed and acted in countless styles; he’s coached diverse thousands of performers, professional and not, young and old, from every walk of life, to bring their stories to vivid life.

We’ll play with monologue, and help each other create scenes. We’ll experiment with styles, colors and tones. We’ll make ourselves vulnerable to our stories, and to one another. The workshop will draw on the work of the late playwright and poet Jo Carson, Stropnicky’s long-time creative partner, as well as other practitioners of Story Work, and will culminate with a showing. This on-your-feet writers and performers story intensive is designed to release the enormous potential energy already alive in you and your story.

A repeat of last summer’s sold out workshop – alums welcome. PERFECT FOR PEOPLE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THE KoFEST SUMMER SLAM ON 7/21/18.


About GERARD STROPNICKY

Gerard Stropnicky’s exploration of story has taken him from the coal mines of Appalachia to war-torn northern Uganda, from south Georgia cotton fields to Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale frack pads. He’s worked with moonshiners, church choirs, recovering addicts, former child soldiers, rural teens, Mardi Gras Indian Queens in New Orleans, and more.

Big Queen Pauline Johnson, Little Queen Paris Hayes, Big Queen Wanda Womble and Queen Mercedes Stevenson with Gerard Stropnicky

A multi-faceted theatre artist (director, writer and actor), he graduated from Northwestern, studied with Alvina Krause, and in 1978 co-founded Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE), where he worked for the next 34 years. These days he goes where he’s invited, applying community story to create original large-scale, site-specific performances in communities facing trauma, crisis, transition, or change. These transformative events, and the process that breathes life into them, offer communities both validation and challenge, bringing health, and changing lives.

For this work, as well as for his role in co-founding the national Network of Ensemble Theaters, Jerry was honored as a United States Artists Fellow in 2010. Stropnicky has acted in hundreds of roles and directed scores of productions, written and/or directed more than twenty “Theatre of Place” projects.

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2017

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PERFORMANCES

THE SOCIETY OF CIVIL DISCOURSE

THE SOCIETY OF CIVIL DISCOURSE

August 4 & 5 at 8pm; August 6 at 7pm (Note non-standard curtain time)
Created by TEAM SUNSHINE PERFORMANCE CORPORATION and THE PHILLY PIGEON/Jacob Winterstein
An interactive performance event that celebrates the pleasure of passionate debate and provides a safe and fun space to indulge in the practice of oratorical muscle-flexing. The event unfolds in three phases…
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DEATH OF A MAN July 28 & 29 at 8pm; July 30 at 4pm

DEATH OF A MAN July 28 & 29 at 8pm; July 30 at 4pm

NEW WORLD PERFORMANCE LAB
Two years ago, NWPL set out on an expedition to understand their hometown’s relationship with rubber. Through the pillaging of natural rubber in the Amazon forests, and the working class citizens who broke their backs building tires – Akron, OH became the "Rubber City." Colombian actor, Jairo Cuesta performs a ritual of storytelling, a sacrifice to heal the city…
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TENSE VAGINA: an actual diagnosis July 14 & 15 at 8pm; July 16 at 4pm

TENSE VAGINA: an actual diagnosis July 14 & 15 at 8pm; July 16 at 4pm

created and performed by SARA JULI
A solo show about motherhood — its beauty, challenges, isolation, and comic side revealing “all that is awesome and all that sucks when it comes to being a mother”…
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HartBeat Ensemble Hartford CT Theater for a Change Jimmy Lorraine

JIMMY & LORRAINE July 7 & 8 at 8pm; July 9 at 4pm

by TALVIN WILKS
Performed by HARTBEAT ENSEMBLE
Jimmy & Lorraine is a meditation on the American political climate of the late '50s and early '60s through the lens of two significant artists of the time, James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry...
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WORKSHOPS

TELLING TALES WITH CRANKIES

TELLING TALES WITH CRANKIES

INES ZELLER BASS
Sandglass Theater
July 3-8, 2017
A crankie is an old storytelling art form that has recently become hot again. A long illustrated scroll is wound around two spools and set into a box with a viewing window. The scroll is…
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Kali Quinn Workshop Ko Festival

COMPASSIONATE CREATIVITY

with Kali Quinn
of the Center for Compassionate Creativity
July 10-15, 2017
What is the relationship between creativity, mindfulness, self-care, and bettering the world? How do you integrate love, work and play? Come jumpstart your creative process and…
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FIRST PERSON: Crafting Your Story for Performance

FIRST PERSON: Crafting Your Story for Performance

This workshop is sold out.

with Gerard Stropnicky, Co-Founder, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble
July 17-22, 2017
Why do some stories – some performances – spark your imagination, set fire to your soul, and leave you transformed, while others just sit there? Is it the content, or the telling? The framing, or the style? Can story be employed to bring laughter, or tears, or understanding, or lasting social change, or…
Read More
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