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April 4, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm EDT


April: Restorative Justice in Playback Theatre

Let’s have a conversation about the growing movement of Restorative Justice Practices (RJP) in the United States and Worldwide and how they intersect with Playback Theatre. Whether in schools, the justice system or broader society, RJP seeks more inclusive and restorative responses to conflict and harm. Its roots in numerous indigenous traditions mean there is a wide applicability in many conflict/harm situations. A typical restorative justice practice asks:

  • What happened?
  • Who has been affected?
  • What do you/they need?
  • What needs to happen to make things right?

Deborah Zavos (Silver Spring, MD) and Chris Fitz (Marietta, PA) will share from a recent workshop lab bringing together Restorative Justice and Playback Theatre and describe some of their learning. With the goal of understanding the potential of using these two disciplines in the same space, we will unpack some of the potential we see and solicit participants’ experiences and insights with this growing range of work.

Free for PNA members; donations welcome.

About the Facilitators

Deborah Zavos, A Playback Theatre practitioner for more than 25 years has been applying Restorative Practices for more than a decade in her work as a school social worker in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Chris Fitz, practicing Playback Theatre since 2003, has been a facilitator and trainer in conflict resolution and other facilitation methods since 1995, with a focus on restorative justice practices since 2014 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.


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