Playback North America

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The 2020 UnConference
on Playback for social impact

We celebrate PNA members’ first online conference: 200 registrants, 51 workshops & 14 public online performances. Thank you to everyone who volunteered and participated!

Upcoming in 2021

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

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 61 companies and 50 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, 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.