Winter 2023 Playback conductor series
This class is for you if you want to develop strong conducting skills and perspectives–in the face of likely challenges. We’ll focus on challenges any class participants are facing or concerned about and practice different possible creative ways to handle them well.
Examples of issues we might explore:
* audiences raw with grief or trauma
* diversity of audiences not matching the cast
* tellers with different political viewpoints
February 24, 2023 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm EST
Fridays 5:30-7pm eastern time
February 10 – March 10, 2023 (5 sessions)
Please register asap if you are interested in this series. Limited spaces available.
Sliding scale, $100-$300. 100% of the fees will support PNA. If you can’t afford to pay on this range let us know–no one turned away for lack of money.
Sessions are highly participatory and include (optional) coaching.
About the workshop series: Christopher (at) PlaybackNorthAmerica.com
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 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 U.S., Canada and other countries around the world.
I am the co-founder and past coordinator of Playback North America (PNA), and currently serves as a board member of the International Playback Theatre Network (PTN) and host of the monthly program, “Playback Voices around the World.” My partner Anne and I have written several books about Playback available to PNA members, including a 300-page reference guide on artistic, business, and company skills for fellow practitioners entitled, A Playback Theatre Toolkit: through the lens of one company’s perspective.
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