SOUND AND FURY: An Embodied Approach to Voice, Text & Sound Design for the Theatre


July 9  – 14, 2018

with Richard Newman

Join The Hinterlands co-director Richard Newman for an extended workshop exploring the theatre as a place for radical sonic exploration. Using the voice, everyday objects, instruments, technology, and architecture, participants will take a holistic approach to sound design and performance.

Workshop attendees will use movement, song, and text to break out of habitual vocal patterns in order to use the voice as a tool for sonic exploration, create soundscapes from everyday objects and actions, and explore the possibilities for integrating technology into performer-centric theatrical work.

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RICHARD NEWMAN is Co-Director of The Hinterlands, a Detroit-based ensemble. He is also a performer, director, creator, and teacher of physical, ensemble based theatre. He has performed nationally and internationally, created thirteen original works, and taught at universities and theatres across the U.S.

Richard Newman creates actor-driven theatre that blends intense physicality, heightened text, dreamlike imagery, and music in order to explore the intricacies of human relationships, the subjectivity of memory, and cultural archetypes.

Richard was an ensemble member of Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA between 2004 and 2008.  He is the founder and Artistic Director of The Breaking Bread Performance Project, a long-term collaboration between U.S. and Balkan artists.  He was a founder and Co-Artistic Director of The Farm Theatre in Charlotte, NC. He is a graduate of The Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre, and received a B.A. in theatre performance from Greensboro College in 2002.  Richard also plays the cello and DJ’s electronic music.


THE HINTERLANDS is a Detroit-based company creating performances and public events that are highly irrational and deeply American. From their original touring pieces to the events they curate in their Detroit neighborhood, their work is built around pressing into the unknown areas of our personal and collective history with fearless physicality and a sense of humor. Their performances smash seemingly disparate images and ideas together, culminating in new, highly layered meanings that are greater than the sum of their parts. They create a space for their audience to be with them in this unknown hinterland through techniques that disarm and disorient, short-circuiting expectations and luring them into unexpected interactions. They have an ongoing physical training practice that is both a foundation of their collaborative devising process, and a means of conducting exchanges across disciplines and contexts.

Formed in 2009 by Richard Newman and Liza Bielby, their work has been seen at the Shanghai Biennale, the Berlinale, Alverno Presents, Flynn Center, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Charlestown Working Theater, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit among others. The Hinterlands most recent piece, The Radicalization Process, was described in Hyperallergic by critic Rosie Sharpe as “…an absolutely original and radical performance – one that questions the structure and limits of theater as much as it brings to light the politics that have shaped and damaged modern-day society.” In addition to their own performance work, The Hinterlands are artists-in-residents and program curators of Play House, a Detroit neighborhood-based performance space that they manage in collaboration with Power House Productions. They also curated and organized “The Porous Borders Festival,” a two-day festival exploring the municipal and cultural borders along the Hamtramck/Detroit divide.


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 April 15. NOTE: Contact us to apply for a very 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. Housing, in a single with a shared bath in an Amherst College dorm is $238 for the week. All rooms are provided with a bed, desk, chair, mirror, chest of drawers, closet or wardrobe, pillow and blanket. You have the option to rent linens for your stay (x-long twin sheet set, pillowcase  towels) for an additional $15. Studios, theatre, dining commons and dorms are all within walking distance. Meals in the Amherst College Dining Commons (tasty, healthy food – much of it local) can be paid for on a per meal basis 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 HERE  to download the registration form in 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.

Additional information

Payment Options

$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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