What is Playback North America?

Houston Playback Theatre, used with permission

PNA was founded in 2010 to strengthen Playback Theatre in the U.S. and Canada by supporting peer exchange among practitioners. 

In 2023, PNA expanded its mission: now the network also builds connections between Playback and other embodied and improvisational arts for social benefit.   
For details, see PNA’s History: 2008-2023

PNA is run almost entirely by volunteers.  We welcome your involvement in leading programs and helping to run the network. 
See: PNA Leadership


In this 2-minute, dynamic promotional video, produced in 2010, you’ll hear Playback Theatre practitioners across the region name ways they use Playback Theatre for personal and community healing and social justice. 

PNA is one small part of the Playback community

 Please take the time to check out and support these other important organizations:

The Centre for Playback Theatre (CPT) supports 16+ affiliated Playback Theatre schools across the world, runs an annual Leadership Program, and certifies Playback trainers. 

The International Playback Theatre Network (IPTN), runs an online journal and other programs for peer exchange, and supports international Playback conferences every four years (including Dec. ’23 in S. Africa)..  

The New York School of Playback Theatre offers in-person and online courses that are confluent with the CPT’s course curriculum.  The faculty often includes the founders of Playback Theatre.