6 Mondays, November 6 – December 11
Time: noon-1:30pm ET
Please sign up only if you can come to 4+ of the 6 sessions.
$60-300 sliding scale.
No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.
This conducting series will give you a chance to gain insight into and practice important areas that lead to strong Playback performances:
- Ways to be sensitive and effective with tellers who bring stories that are emotionally intense.
- Ways to work with the audience when emotionally intense stories are shared, to build greater safety, acceptance and connection.
- Ways to draw out deeper feelings, moments, and themes for your actors to portray when tellers share stories that seem too abstract.
- Ways to manage tellers sharing very complex issues or an overwhelming number of details,.
Whether you’re a highly experienced conductor or fairly new, you can benefit from practicing these skills.
We especially encourage conductors with fewer than 5 years of active experience to attend.
Facilitator: Christopher Ellinger
Two of my favorite activities are conducting Playback shows and teaching other Playback conductors. I have performed in over 700 shows with the Boston-based company True Story Theater, mostly as a conductor, covering a wide range of social impact topics (for instance, on diversity, equity and inclusion issues in partnership with our town, and on the climate crisis in partnership with local environmental groups. See this page for more). I have led or co-led workshops and exchanges with about 30 different new and experienced Playback companies in the US, Canada and other countries around the world.