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

July 9  – 14, 2018

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.


RICHARD NEWMAN is 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.


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 1. 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. 2018 prices are still being determined, but in 2017 workshop housing was $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) was 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-Regstration-form-18  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.


    Includes a $6.00 credit card fee.

    • HOUSING (Optional) If you plan to use our housing option you MUST indicate this at the same time as you register, otherwise it may not be available.257 $

    Includes a $6.00 credit card fee.

    • MEAL PLAN (optional)257 $