July 3  – 8, 2017

Co-Founding Artistic Director of Sandglass Theater

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 hand cranked, the unfolding story narrated, sung or just accompanied by music. Participants will build their own crankie and create their own story. If you love to express yourself in a beautiful and pure way without technical bells and whistles the crankie will be your best and loving friend.

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BabylonCrankie excerpt from Sandglass Theater on Vimeo.


Co-Founding Artistic Director of Sandglass, has been performing with puppets since 1968, when she became a member of the Munich marionette theater, Kleines Spiel. In 1978, she created her children’s hand puppet theater, PUNSCHI, which has toured Europe, Australia and the US. In 1982, Ines co-founded Sandglass Theater with husband Eric in Germany and moved the theater to Vermont in the mid-1980s. Ines started Sandglass theater’s program for family audiences. Together with Eric, she teaches their approach to puppetry performance and devised composition in workshops in Vermont and abroad.

She recently designed the puppets and set for NATAN EL SABIO, a collaborative project with Teatro Luis Poma in El Salvador. Ines’ puppets and design for BABYLON, Sandglass Theater’s newest production, include two of her many crankies.

Ines is currently touring in the Sandglass production of D-GENERATION, AN EXALTATION OF LARKS, a piece about people with dementia which closed Ko’s season on  “Age & Aging.” She is a UNIMA citation winner and in 2010, received the Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

This is the second workshop she has taught at Ko.

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    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 $

Show tickets can also be reserved by calling our Box Office after July 3 at (413) 542-3750. Box Office hours are 1pm – 5pm and 1pm – curtain on performance days, but you can leave us a voicemail message at any time. You can also reserve tickets by emailing

With your security in mind, we cannot take credit cards over the phone or by email, thus phone or email reservations are unpaid, you must pick up your tickets at least ½ hour before the performance, otherwise we reserve the right to release your reservation.

Purchased tickets will be held at the box office. No tickets are mailed.

You will receive an itemized invoice via email.


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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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.