Playback Theatre Training and Support Group
8-Week Series, Starting July 10th*
3205 Ocean Park Blvd. Suite 240
Santa Monica, CA
Calling all actors, musicians, dancers, performer activists, poets, storytellers, clinicians, observers, lovers of dialogue and community, or those just curious. Immerse yourself in Playback Theatre, an interactive form of improvisational theatre!
Playback is founded on the radical belief that telling our stories to each other in a theatrical context is both redemptive and invigorating. Likewise, listening to the stories of our community is a crucial step in building a more just and nourishing world.
This 8-session training and support group will invite creative people of all levels to learn, practice, and go deep with the ritual of Playback Theatre. We will support each other, processing our personal stories in a “safe-enough,” therapeutic space while utilizing the Playback forms. No prior experience necessary. You do not have to be an actor to join. Teens through Octogenarians welcome!
*This is an ongoing support group, however, in order to build a consistent, cohesive community, participants will be asked to sign up in 8 session increments culminating in a Public Performance.
What is Playback Theatre?
Playback Theatre is spontaneous theatre based on stories told by audience members. Life stories are shared, cast, and then enacted on the spot by a team of actors/dancers and a musician.
Inspired by the experimental theatre movement, psychodrama, and oral tradition of indigenous cultures, Playback Theatre was created in upstate New York in the 1970s by Jonathan Fox, Jo Salas, and the original PT Company. The method is now practiced across the world in sixty countries, and is used in a variety of settings including conferences, schools, colleges, prisons, hospitals, service agencies, and public theatres.
Through Playback Theatre we will invite dialogue, build community, and strive to create compelling theatre, while making space for laughter, reflection, connection, and healing.