Playback North America

Meet peers.  Share wisdom.  Join dialogue.


Playback in Community: Reaching Toward the Futures We Want

Conference & Performance Festival

March 6-19, 2022

We need your help to make this Conference possible — consider offering a workshop, performing with your troupe, or volunteering as support!

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PNA Offerings

Online peer learning: affinity groups, skills workshops, hot topics conversations,
performances, book group, and more.

Looking to attend an online Playback event? Check out our new resource guide on events being held by PNA individuals and troupes!

Are you a PNA member looking for upcoming teleconferences?

See this upcoming events rundown, which includes registration links, and also this page, where you can sign up to attend your fellow PNA members’ performances and workshops.  You are emailed links to these each week

New to Playback Theatre?   
Read about it here.

Current PNA members

We are grateful to all PNA members: currently 55 companies and 44 individuals for helping this network run, and for sharing your lessons and struggles so we can all improve our practice.   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 or videos you might share with PNA, please let us know.

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, gatherings, performance festivals, publications, communications and coaching, by and for the membership, PNA aims to:

  • build connection among practitioners and facilitate peer learning
  • share our work with each other and the public
  • 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.

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, Chicago Playback Theatre (Chicago, IL)
Cat Gilliam, Threshold Ensemble (Seattle, WA)
Clarissa Worcester, Chicago Playback Theatre (Chicago, IL)
Darrick Jackson, Chicago Playback Theatre (Chicago, IL)
Deb Scott, Asheville Playback (Asheville, NC)
Eva Vander Giessen, San Francisco Playback Theatre (SF, CA)
Heidi Winters Vogel (Crawfordsville, IN)
Jamie Roach, NYC Queer Playback (NY, NY)
Laen Avraham Dov, Vancouver Playback Theatre (Vancouver, BC)
Leslie Becknell Marx, (Portland, OR)
Leslie Jones, Playback Memphis (Memphis, TN)
Lucy Lu, Third Space Edmonton, (Alberta, AB)
Marcela Descalzi, Houston Playback Theatre (Houston, TX)
Maureen Scully, (Boston, MA)
Peter Abrams, Vancouver Playback Theatre (Vancouver, BC)
Rick Sanford, NYC Queer Playback (NY, NY)
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.