PNA exists to serve its members from across the US and Canada.  We also welcome “international friends.”  See the membership list.

Program team

Amber welcomes new PNA member

Christopher Ellinger, director
Anne Ellinger, writer, facilitator
Franci DuMar, events coordinator
Alysa Escobar, membership
Jacek Kukluk, video support
Amber Espar, support
Tonia Pinheiro, bookkeeper

Most of the above work is unpaid

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)

Strategic advisors

Jori Linnamäki (formerly Pitkänen), President of the International Playback Theatre Network (2020), career advisor, drama methods expert, psychodrama director, playback theatre artist, game researcher, working in adult education.

Pontus Holmgren, Theatre X (Stockholm), Scandinavian Playback Theater Studio, CPT Strategy Committee. External faculty of Stockholm School of Economics Executive education, Organizational Psychologist and founder of Gro organizational development.

Advisors give feedback on PNA directions.
They are all volunteers (work is unpaid).

Many are involved in PNA programs, especially the teleconferences.
If you’re a current member of PNA and might like to be an advisor, please let us know.

Board of directors

Amy Tai (President)
Tonia Pinheiro (Treasurer)
Max Roberts-Zirker (secretary)
Dr. Kumkum Pareek Malik
Maureen Scully
Jeff Perrott
Priscilla Sanville
Phillip Speiser

Board meets quarterly in person or online and is unpaid.