Playback North America
Meet peers. Share wisdom. Join dialogue.
Playback North America’s mission is to strengthen Playback Theatre in the U.S. and Canada. (Mexico and Cuba have their own regional networks.) Through teleconferences, publications, communications and coaching, by and for the membership, PNA aims to:
- build connection among practitioners and facilitate peer learning, and
- help Playback leaders increase their effectiveness and the social benefit of their work.
See a 99-second video and a google map about Playback companies in the region.
Current PNA members
We are grateful to all PNA members: currently 54 companies and 31 individuals for helping this network run, and for sharing your lessons and struggles so we can all improve our practice. Thank you for being members!
If you or your company are not on the above list, we hope you will renew or join here.
All member photos on this website are used with permission. Thank you!
If your company has photos you might share with PNA, please let us know.
PNA – One small part of a global network
One of the joys of being a Playback Theatre practitioner is being part of an international community, diverse in so many ways yet all sharing the “language” of Playback Theatre. There are hundreds of Playback Theatre companies in over 70 countries across the globe, as well as many regional Playback networks and schools.
Playback North America (PNA) is part of a bigger network, The International Playback Theatre Network (IPTN) that includes other organized Playback regions around the world. See the IPTN website for journals and upcoming conferences, and the Centre for Playback Theatre for articles, videos, workshops, and links to affiliated Playback schools. More about PNA’s relationships to these organizations here.
Playback North America’s advisory council
Allison Sokolowski, Clarissa Worcester, and Darrick Jackson, Chicago Playback Theatre (Chicago, IL)
Ash Straw, Big Apple Playback Theatre (NY, NY)
Cat Gilliam, Threshold Ensemble (Seattle, WA)
Dana Rungay, Red Threads of Peace (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Deb Scott, Asheville Playback (Asheville, NC)
Elisa Hollenberg, Truly Connecting PBT practice group (Toronto, ON)
Eva Vander Giessen, San Francisco Playback Theatre (SF, CA)
Leslie Becknell Marx, (Portland, OR)
Lucy Lu (Alberta, AB)
Marcela Descalzi, Houston Playback Theatre (Houston, TX)
Peter Abrams and Laen Avraham Dov, Vancouver Playback Theatre (Vancouver, BC)
Tina Chapman, Diversity Theatre Project (Rochester, NY)
Zhaleh Almaee Weinblatt, Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble (Port Townsend, WA)
Note: If you’re a current member of PNA and might like to be an advisor, please let us know.