Ko Festival of Performance

Cultural Series Organization

For 31 years, this summer this festival of innovative theatre in Amherst, MA was curated on a theme such as "Stories of Illness & Healing”," "Courage," or “"The Immigrant's Journey.” Performances were accompanied by facilitated discussions that contextualized the ideas presented in the work in an effort to engender inter-audience/artist exchange & opportunity for civic dialogue. We also offered workshops for adults, internships, and rehearsal residencies where individual artists or ensembles could develop new work, Currently, we are providing administrative residencies where we help artists and ensembles strengthen their organization infrastructure. Additionally, we provide design, technical, touring, production/stage management services and a wide range of consulting and mentorship.

Primary Discipline

Theater - Devised / Artist-Led

Additional Disciplines

Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Media - Video
Theater - General
Theater - Musical
Theater - Puppet
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Storytelling
Visual/Crafts - Installation


Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Design Services
Fiscal Sponsorship
Residency - Other
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Film Preproduction / Production / Editing Services
Residency - Production / Development
Theater Technical Production
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Consulting - Organizational Capacity
Portfolio Review
Product Development Services
Professional Development / Training
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Network Gatherings / Events
Virtual Events


  • I.R.N.E Award Nomination

Professional Associations

  • Network of Ensemble Theatres
  • New England Presenters
  • APAP

Additional Information

  • Year founded: 1991
  • Is a Teaching Artist
  • Approx. 4 events per year
  • Geographic Reach: City/Town-wide, County-wide, Surrounding Counties/Region, State-wide, Surrounding States/Region, Nationally, Internationally
  • Seasons active: Year round