Workshop | Dec. 16 | People’s Playback Theatre Happening!

Calling all actors, healers, and/or curious explorers of story, dialogue, social justice and embodied narrative! Playback Theatre is taking root in Los Angeles, and we want you to get IN on it.

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.

Los Angeles hasn’t had a Playback company in years, but 2 – YES, CHECK IT, TWO – companies are in the works of forming!! LA can handle that and more. We will be supporting each other as we grow. It’s a dynamic and exciting moment.

One of the new companies, People’s Playback, will be looking for a diverse group of individuals to audition. Right now, we are sending out the call to introduce the form to people who might not have heard about it. This evening will be an opportunity for you to get up, act, move, play music, and take part in creating the ritual. (No prior experience necessary.)

Join us for our first Happening. Through Playback Theatre we will invite dialogue, build community, and strive to create compelling theatre, while making space for laughter, reflection, connection, and healing.

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Workshop | Sun. 10/28/18 | NADTA Conference Kansas City

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Playing with Workplace Trauma through Role
Sun, October 28, 11-12:30p
NADTA Conference 2018 – Kansas City, Missouri

This workshop will explore the complex internal and external performances we engage in as clinicians in our workplace systems. Using Landy’s Role Theory and Wegscheider-Cruse’s Family Roles, participants will create therapeutic theatre to explore how vicarious trauma and parallel process found at the systems level perform in our bodies. (1.5 CE hours – RDT, NBCC, LCAT)

Session Description:
Professionals working in mental health care and addiction treatment systems may unknowingly perform (ie. adopt, reflect and mimic) the symptoms of their clients. This parallel process, combined with the vicarious trauma encountered within the system, can lead to staff compassion fatigue, burnout and unethical practices, all contributing to a breakdown in client care.

Part discussion-based and part experiential, this workshop aims to explore the complex internal and external performances we engage in as clinicians in our workplace systems. Using the lens of Landy’s Role Theory, along with addiction theorist Wegscheider-Cruse’s Family Roles, participants will create short pieces of therapeutic theatre as a way to explore how vicarious trauma and parallel process found at the systems level perform in our own bodies.

This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to look at their own patterns and positions of power in their current or past work environment in an effort to better understand the implicit and disembodied roles we often play. By performing their individual needs, wants and contributions in relationship to the system in which they work, participants can engage in a conversation about vicarious trauma in the workplace from a more intuitive, creative, and collaborative place. We will explore the power dynamics at play in the therapist/client role, as well as the shifting positions of power and privilege that drama therapists occupy in traumatized systems.

Workshop |Tues. 6/26/18 | Playback Theatre Intro

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What is Playback Theatre? Intro Workshop
3205 Ocean Park Blvd #240, Santa Monica, CA 90405
7-9pm
$15 suggested donation
Space is limited! Please RSVP at danielle.levanas@gmail.com.

Come 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.

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.

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.