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PNA fall series for Playback conductors – The art of empathy

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October 13 @ 5:00 pm 6:30 pm EDT

The art of empathy: listening for what’s important–both said and unsaid

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.  We’ll cover:

  • How listen to what is expressed by a teller’s non-verbal body language and voice
  • Listening for language that reveals ambivalence, judgment, and other messages.
  • How succinctly feed back to a teller what’s essential in what they are sharing
  • What do YOU need to become an even more confident and resourceful conductor?  What gets in your way?

Any questions? 

About the registration or payment: Clarissa@PlaybackNorthAmerica.com

About the workshop series: chrisellinger@gmail.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.

$100 – $300