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Rewards of Playback on Zoom

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April 18, 2023 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm EDT

A networking and learning exchange, Tues. April 18, noon ET, 5pm UTC

Many Playback troupes and individual performers are tired of Zoom and excited to do Playback in person again.

Yet, there are compelling reasons why Playback companies and performers might want to continue (and improve!) their Playback on Zoom as well as in person:

  • As an individual, you can perform online even if you have no local troupe.
  • As a troupe, you can easily perform for groups anywhere in the world.
  • As a teacher, you can draw a student base from around the world. 
  • People with physical challenges, including hearing loss, can more easily perform and attend.
  • You can easily record the performances, and use the recordings for troupe training and promotion.   
  • Artistically, there’s much room for creative exploration, new skills, and using facial subtlety.

Do you resonate with these benefits?  If you are someone who wants to keep doing Playback on Zoom, let’s get together!

The goals for this brief gathering are to:

  • Connect those of us around the world who want to continue offering Playback on Zoom
  • Exchange some “best practices” for using Zoom to rehearse, perform, and teach Playback (perhaps sharing some favorite video clips of Playback on Zoom)
  • Support the formation of Playback pickup groups of performers from different locations.
  • Explore ways we could continue to support each other in the year(s) ahead.

Please contact me if you might like to present or help shape this program. All are welcome.

About your facilitator: Anne Ellinger

I’ve been a performer with True Story Theater (Boston, USA) since 2001.  I never thought I’d like doing Playback on Zoom, but once I accepted Playback on Zoom as its own art form–similar to how movies are related to plays, but also completely different–I started to appreciate its possibilities.  Since the start of the pandemic, True Story has held about 90 performances on Zoom and about 400 drop-in Playback classes. 


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