Bard College at Simon's Rock: the Early College

About Daniel's Art Party

Daniel’s Art Party is a festival of individual offerings, but it’s also a single, interconnected theatrical expression investigating the beauty, humor, strength, and resilience of communities coming together to create a more enlightened and empowered whole.

-Ken Roht,
Producing Artistic Director

Daniel's Art Party will excite and inspire audiences of all ages with unique performances and events throughout the year. 

Steering Committee

Ed Abrahams, Sandy Cleary, Cathy Fracasse, Katherine Kidd,
Ruggero Loria, Sunhwa Reiner, and Laura Gratz

Associate Producer

Ruggero Loria


Bard College at Simon's Rock
84 Alford Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230
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Additional events may be offered off campus.

Ken Roht, Producing Artistic Director

Ken RohtKen Roht is a renowned theater, opera, and film artist from Los Angeles.

“It's just another vision from the gleefully twisted world of Ken Roht, a choreographer-director-writer-performer and all-around theatrical auteur who matter-of-factly calls his work 'avant-garde song and dance—you know, whimsical, surrealist music theater,’ as if we all know what he's talking about,” writes Rob Kendt of American Theater magazine.

Ken's film Perfect Cowboy premiered at Los Angeles Outfest, in the Directors Guild of America. The festival celebrated Ken as one of their top five writer/directors to follow, “5 in Focus.”

Ken’s director/choreographer work has been experienced at Disney’s REDCAT, 3-Legged Dog in New York City, Bard Summerscape, the Ford Amphitheater, Chicago Opera Theater, several times at Long Beach Opera, and for seven seasons at Evidence Room/Bootleg in Los Angeles where he was the creator of the 99c Show spectacles.

Ken’s writing was granted and/or commissioned by Center Theater Group, Rockefeller Foundation, Durfee Foundation, Dance Theater Workshop, California Arts Council, and Bloom Projects. He is a recipient of an Audrey Skirball Kenis $45,000 TIME Grant and the Department of Cultural Affairs COLA Grant.

Ken choreographs for other directors, notably for Michael Counts at New York City Opera and New York Philharmonic, La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (for seven consecutive years), Getty Villa, Mark Taper Forum, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, South Coast Rep, and Lookingglass in Chicago.

As a performer, Ken has sung lead roles in several rock and progressive operas; acted in videos by artists Bill Viola, Paul McCarthy and Winsome Brown; recently danced in Florence + The Machine’s “What Kind of Man” video; and was a company member of the auteur Reza Abdoh’s Dar-a-Luz international experimental theater company.

 Learn more about Ken at his website