Zalk Theater Schedule

Throughout the year, Besant Hill School hosts special performances on campus at the Zalk Theater. During the school year our performing arts department produce plays, musicals, and concerts. During the summer, we host a number of special events and organizations. Scroll down to learn more and view upcoming events. See you here!

Summer 2018

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Ojai Music Festival, Music Dawn Concerts

June 8 & 10

Curious audiences gather at the Ojai Music Festival each year for a transcendent musical communing in the beautiful Ojai Valley. Every Festival follows the lead of a new music director, accommodating wildly different styles and approaches.

“At a morning concert at the Besant Hill School—an institution whose founders include Krishnamurti and Aldous Huxley—I.C.E. presented Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s “In the Light of Air,” for viola, cello, piano, harp, percussion, and electronics. The piece began in low light, with filament bulbs hanging from the ceiling. The instruments offered up a subdued, eerie fabric of timbres: ghostly glissandos on the viola and cello, fingertips and Super Balls brushing the strings of the harp and piano…Suddenly, the wall at the back of the auditorium was rolled aside, ushering in the bright-gray light and chilly breeze of a cloudy Ojai morning. Nothing I witnessed in opera houses this past season was as dramatic.”

– Alex Ross, The New Yorker, July 2015

Blackbird Creative Lab

June 11-23

We’re excited to be hosting this summer’s Eighth Blackbird ensemble’s Creative Lab! “The Lab” brings together 30 tuition-free fellowships (24 instrumentalists and 6 composers) for an intensive, human-centered experience that will immerse lab fellows in a learn-by-doing, exploratory process of creating new work.

Concert Showcase June 22 & 23
Tickets are available now for two concerts featuring the 30 inaugural performer and composer fellows together with Eight Blackbird!

Ojai Playwrights Conference

August 5 – 12

Summer Festival
The Ojai Playwrights Conference (OPC), one of the most acclaimed new play developmental programs in the country, celebrates it 21st season with an exceptional program of playwrights, new play workshops and special performance events from August 5 through 12, 2018 right here at Besant Hill School.

Under the direction of Artistic Director/Producer Robert Egan, carefully selected playwrights from across the country join together for an intensive two-week, in-residence workshop program that culminates in OPC’s popular public workshop series known as the “Summer New Works Festival.”
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OPC Youth Workshop
After a week immersed in the writing process on the Besant Hill School Campus, young writers and performers take the stage with their raw and uncensored materials during a special performance on Saturday morning during the Summer New Works Festival.
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