New Group | Tues. 4/17/18 | 8-week Playback Theatre Group starts

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Playback Theatre Training and Support Group
Tuesdays, 7-9:30pm
8-Week Series, Starting April 17th

3205 Ocean Park Blvd. Suite 240
Santa Monica, CA
$200 for 8 session series*

Register Here!

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. No prior experience necessary.

*In order to build a consistent, cohesive training group, students will be asked to sign up for an 8 session series culminating in a Public Performance. If students are interested in attending individual drop-in sessions, cost will be $40 per evening.

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.

Workshop | Fri. 4/27/18 | Expressive Therapies Summit LA

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Role Work for Addiction: Healing the Effects of Trauma, Shame & Regret
Friday, April 27th, 1:30-4:30pm
Expressive Therapies Summit Los Angeles 2018

Clients dealing with addiction may also have a history of unaddressed trauma accompanied by feelings of shame and regret. This 3-hour discussion and experiential-based workshop aims to enhance our work as clinicians by providing drama therapy-based tools for individuals and groups that can be used to address the impact of addiction. Using the lens of Landy’s drama therapeutic Role Theory, along with addiction theorist Wegscheider-Cruse’s Family Roles, participants will explore how these roles can facilitate a trauma-informed approach in understanding addiction. Counselors and therapists will have the opportunity to integrate this playful approach (using objects and embodiment) into their practices, and enhance their clinical skills in working with resistant, traumatized, and/or institutionalized clients. Participants are asked to bring in 5-10 small objects found in their home or work space that can be shared during the experiential portion of this workshop. These items will be returned to their owners at the end of the workshop, but they might be handled by other participants during the exercise, so they shouldn’t be too expensive or irreplaceable. Eligible for 3.0 Clock/Credit Hours: NBCC, ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; LCAT, LCSW (NY State only)

Workshop | Sat. 4/7/18 | Playback Theatre Intro

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3331 Ocean Park Blvd #102, Santa Monica, CA 90405

**$10 suggested donation**

Space is limited! Please RSVP here or email danielle.levanas@gmail.com.


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.

This intro workshop invites participants to try out some Playback forms and explore this ritual that lives on the cusp of art and social change. All are welcome. No prior experience necessary.

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.

Online Call | Sun. 3/15/18 | NADTA Diversity: Drama Therapy and Intersectionality

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As a part of the North American Drama Therapy Association’s Racial Justice Dialogues, Kamran Afary and I will be facilitating a dialogue exploring questions of how intersectionality emerges in clinical and educational settings.

Drama Therapy and Intersectionality in Clinical and Educational Settings

Sunday, March 25 at 5:30pm Pst (8:30pm Est)

Click Here to join the call

  • What does intersectionality mean to you in your work?
  • Where do you see intersectionality present in your work?
  • What are some of the challenges in incorporating intersectionality into our work?

Please join Danielle Levanas and Kamran Afary to explore these questions in relation to your own work and practice.

Workshop | Tues. 3/27 | Playback Theatre Intro

Playback Theatre Intro Workshop


3331 Ocean Park Blvd #102, Santa Monica, CA 90405

**$10 suggested donation**

Space is limited! Please RSVP here or email danielle.levanas@gmail.com.


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.

This intro workshop invites participants to try out some Playback forms and explore this ritual that lives on the cusp of art and social change. All are welcome. No prior experience necessary.

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.

New Group | Ongoing Tuesdays | Relapse Prevention through Creative Arts Therapy

An ongoing support group Relapse Prevention through Creative Arts Therapy for people dealing with the impact of addiction in their lives is in the process of being formed.  If you are interested in joining, please email danielle.levanas@gmail.com.


Relapse Prevention through Creative Arts Therapy
A weekly support group for people in Recovery
Tuesdays, 2-3:15pm
Santa Monica, CA 
$20/session

This weekly therapeutic support group is open to all people who have dealt with or are currently dealing with the impact of addiction on their lives.

Through art, embodiment, and creative exploration, participants will have the opportunity to openly express emotions, explore a drug-free future, develop communication skills, make personal connections, and reclaim their story. We will explore the many roles we play in our lives, and the areas where we find ourselves stuck or repetitive.

Group members do not need to have any previous experience with art or drama to take part in this non-judgmental process of self-exploration.

Relapse Prevention through Creative Arts Therapy

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