July 10-15, 2017


Everyone is an artist.
Everyone is an activist.
Everyone a teacher.
An expert.

What is the relationship between creativity, mindfulness, self-care, and bettering the world? How do you integrate love, work and play? How do you do this on your own? Within community?

Come jump-start your creative process and reconnect to the things you value most through a variety of access points including movement, visualization, writing, visual art, meditation, making music, nature time, and storytelling. Learn how to facilitate group play and hone your own daily practice of artistic expression and mindfulness.

Kali Quinn has been working as a theater artist and educator for fifteen years throughout the US and abroad. She recently completed a national home-to-home tour of her new teaching memoir, I AM COMPASSIONATE CREATIVITY. This book, which you will receive a copy of as part of the workshop, includes 111 values that celebrate ways of discovering compassion and creativity during moments of uncertainty.

Think of this as a place to play, rest, rejuvenate, and to courageously take risks.

All are welcome!



Kali Quinn is a theater maker, violinist, educator, mentor, and facilitator of Compassionate Creativity through community dialogue. Her two solo shows about grief and intergenerational dialogue have shown at universities and festivals throughout the country, and most recently she has taught clown, movement and devising at Brown University and Trinity Rep, along with serving as Stateside Faculty for Accademia dell’Arte (Arezzo, Italy).

Kali has also performed, directed, designed movement, and taught at: Pearl Theatre Company, Celebration Barn, MOTH Contemporary Circus Center (Denver), New England Center for Circus Arts, GUTWorks, Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble, Los Angeles Women’s Solo Festival, Pearl, Theater Company, Southeastern Theater Conference, Brown University Creative Medicine Series, Duke, MIT, Boston University, Emory College, UCSB, Manbites Dog Theatre, HERE Arts Center, Bucknell, Mississippi University for Women, along with Clowns Without Borders in Guatemala/El Salvador and with Grupo Galpão in Brazil. Kali served on the Board for the Network of Ensemble Theaters from 2009-2014 and received training at the University of Rochester, with an MFA from the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre in Northern California.

Kali is a frequent artist at the Ko Festival. Her solo show, Overture to a Thursday Morning appeared in our 2012 “SECRETS” season, she appeared last summer in the Ko Kabaret, and was the featured musical performer during the vote-counting at last summer’s Story Slam. She has created several of the interactive art installations featured on the Holden Theatre patio area. She also taught a highly successful Solo Performance workshop.

Kali recently returned to live and create a Center for Compassionate Creativity in Guilford, Vermont after a national tour of her new book, I Am Compassionate Creativity.

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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 II of Webster Hall on the Amherst College campus in Amherst, MA.

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Amherst College campus map.

Workshops cost $399. There is a $50 discount for registration by May 1. NOTE: Contact us to apply for limited pool of partial financial aid, or for discounts for NET (Network of Ensemble Theaters) members.

Optional room and board are available on the Amherst College campus for an additional fee.  Workshop housing is $245, for a single with a shared bath in an Amherst College dorm. Studios, theatre, dining commons and dorms are all within walking distance. A meal ticket for the Dining Commons (tasty, healthy food – much of it local) is also $245. There are also many places to eat within walking distance in the center of town.

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


STEP 1: Click Workshop-Registration-form-17  to download the registration form as a PDF. ALL WORKSHOP STUDENTS PAYING BY CHECK MUST SUBMIT THIS FORM either via email or by post.
STEP 2. Print out your registration form and make your deposit check out to Ko Theater Works. Mail them to The Ko Festival of Performance 498 South Gulf Road Belchertown, MA 01007
Questions? For further information email us or call (413) 427-6147.

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$206 deposit (includes $6.00 processing fee), $205 Pay Balance (includes $6.00 processing fee), $409 Pay in full (includes $10 processing fee)

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