PNA exists to serve its members — as of July 2020, 52 Playback Theatre companies and 31 individual Playback practitioners  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
Cat Gilliam, coach
Amber Espar, support
Tonia Pinheiro, bookkeeper

Most of the above work is unpaid


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)

Strategic advisors

Jori Pitkänen, President of the International Playback Theatre Network (2019), 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.