SABRINA HAMILTON co-founded and is the Artistic Director of the Ko Festival of Performance in Amherst, MA. For many years she worked with the New York theatre company Mabou Mines as Lighting Designer, Production Manager, Stage Manager, Performer, and Assistant Director. Other credits include work at the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Goodman Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum and 6 years as Route Lighting Designer for New York’s Village Halloween Parade under the direction of Ralph Lee. International lighting credits include work in Berlin, Bologna, Florence, Milan, London, Grenada, Geneva, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Amsterdam, Brussels, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, at the Bristol Old Vic, the Theatre Academy in Tampere, Finland, and at the International Theatre Festival in Havana, Cuba. She has spent much of the past several years touring with Sandglass Theater. as the lighting designer for their production of D-GENERATION: An Exaltation of Larks, the show that closed Ko’s season on “Age & Aging.” In addition to her theater lighting, she has had extensive experience as a lighting designer for dance/movement theatre, working with many choreographers including Sarah Zehender, Tatiana Desardouin, Kirstie Simpson, Laurie Booth, Alan Franco, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Jennifer Pollins, Monica Bill Barnes, and David Dorfman, Quest Visual Theatre and Beau Jeste Moving Theatre.
Sabrina’s directing work, primarily original pieces, has been seen in New York, Berlin and throughout New England. She directed CRAVINGS: Songs of Hunger and Satisfaction, that premiered at the 2008 Ko Festival and then went on on to a three-week, sold-out run at the Central Square Theatre in Cambridge, MA, where it garnered a nomination for an IRNE Award. It then continued on to tour throughout the US. Other directing credits include working with Laurie McCants, winner of a prestigious Fox Fellowship to create her first solo piece, INDUSTRIOUS ANGELS, that also had its premiere performances at Ko.
Hamilton has served on the Editorial Board of Theatre Topics. She was also on the Lighting Commission of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), for whom she headed their Portfolio Review program. She also served as USITT’s international representative to the Lighting Design Working Group of OISTAT, the international parent body of USITT. In addition, Hamilton has served on a N.E.H. panel, the “New Forms” panel for Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Designers panel and the “Dramatic Writing” panel for the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She holds a B.A. from Hampshire College and double M.F.A. in Directing and Lighting Design from the UMASS/Amherst. She has been on the faculties of Hampshire, Williams and Trinity Colleges, and Long Island University, and served as the Program Director of the M.F.A. Theatre Program at Towson University for 2006-7. She was the Membership Associate for the Network of Ensemble Theaters and also served for two terms on their Board of Directors.