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Starting (or re-starting) a Playback Company: ​an exchange among new and old company founders​
Thursday October 12, 2017, 8-9:15pm (eastern time)
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​Moderator: Cat Gilliam, Co-founder of ​Asheville Playback Theatre

Conductors’ Clinic exchange among new and old company founders​
Wednesday November 8, 2017, 8-9:15pm (eastern time)
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​Moderator: Christopher Ellinger, True Story Theater



Past 2017 Teleconferences

Playback Theatre and Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
Thursday January 12, 2017, 8-9:15pm (eastern time)
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Moderator: Myriam Verzat, Montreal
NVC is a communication model and set of skills for empathy and conflict transformation.  Many people around the world have been trained in and practice the model.  What can the NVC model and NVC practitioners offer Playback…and vice-versa?

 

Playback for social action
Thursday March 2, 2017, 8-9:15pm (eastern time)
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Moderator: Zhaleh Almaee, Poetic Justice, Port Townsend, WA
Who is using Playback Theatre in service of social action?  Who wants to?  What advice and resources can you offer…or seek?

 

Playback Theatre and reproductive health
Thursday March 9, 2017, 8-9:15pm (eastern time)
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Moderator: Shawnee Renee Benton, Big Apple Playback Theatre, Brooklyn, NY
The sharing of stories is a integral part of the reproductive health journey. Parents engage in the ritual of reliving memories and moments, such as, when they discovered that they were pregnant, how long the labor and delivery process was and whether their baby was fussy, happy or solemn. However, there are other conception, labor and birthing stories that are often left unspoken and unexpressed. These are the stories that represent the darker side of reproductive health and those stories deserve to be told, heard and felt as well. This session will explore the power of Playback as a tool to unveil and hold space for the reproductive health experiences that produce loss, sadness and grief.

 

Playback for large audiences
Thursday April 20, 2017, 8-9:15pm (eastern time)
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Presenter and co-moderator: Dana Rungay, Red Threads of Peace, Winnipeg, Manitoba
How do create safety and intimacy that makes Playback effective when you’re working with a large audience?  How do you plan or adjust what you do differently to make it work?

 

Transformative Language Arts Network
Tuesday April 25, 2017, 8-9:15pm (eastern time)
Video conference on Zoom.us
Sharing about use of Playback at the upcoming annual TLAN conference + poetry sharing
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Combining Playback Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed for social justice
Thursday May 4, 2017, 8-9:30pm (eastern time)
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Moderator: Zhaleh Almaee, Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble, Port Townsend, WA
Presenters: Hannah Fox, Founder of Big Apple Playback (NY) and Marc Weinblatt, Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble, Port Townsend, WA.

Where do Playback Theatre (PT) and Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) meet and where do they diverge? How can practitioners use these methods in tandem to address communities in conflict and a turbulent society? We will begin with presentations from Hannah and Marc as they offer a glimpse of their personal backgrounds with PT and TO, share examples of how they combine the two forms, and the power of applying these forms for social justice. There will also be time for q/a from participants and an invitation to attend their upcoming summer workshop on this topic.

 

When tellers talk about other people
Thursday May 25, 2017, 8-9:15pm (eastern time)
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Presenter and co-moderator: Marlena Merrin, Living Stories Playback, Cambridge, MA
As a conductor, you will encounter tellers who start to reveal personal details about other people — family members, co-workers, friends, etc. Since disclosures of personal information may harm those other people– and may also cause significant audience discomfort — it makes sense for a conductor to help shape the teller’s story to limit the amount and type of information revealed.  We’ll be talking about how to do that,  and we’ll also (hopefully) be hearing about tricky situations you’ve encountered where the guidance we have to offer doesn’t seem to apply.

Favorite rehearsal exercises and rituals
Thursday June 8, 2017, 8:30-9:30pm (eastern time)
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Moderator: Eva Vander Giessen, San Francisco Playback Theatre
We’ll share favorite rehearsal warmups, exercises, techniques, and rituals to strengthen our company bonds as well as our skills.

Playback and other social justice theater work at universities
Wednesday September 6, 2017, 8-9:15pm (eastern time)
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Presenters: Heidi Winters Vogel, Theater professor at Eastern Mennonite University and Tina Chapman DaCosta, director of the Diversity Theater Program at Rochester Institute of Technology



Some of the 2016 Teleconferences

Playback supporting addiction recovery 
Tuesday December 6, 2016, 8-9:15pm (eastern time)
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Presenters include: Michael Kennedy (Creative Action Playback Theater Company, Troy, NY)
How has Playback supported people in recovery from substance abuse and other forms of addiction?  What lessons can be shared of what to do (and what not to do)?

“Hopes & fears in an election year”
November  —Call CANCELLED (not enough signups)
What are you feeling about the upcoming U.S. elections?  …scared? angry? depressed?  hopeful?  On this call we’ll do some Playback for each other, plus talk about the special role Playback could have between now and the elections.

Playback on hot current events
Wednesday October 19, 8-9:15pm (eastern time)
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How do you respond to important events in the news that deeply affect us?  How do you include different perspectives?  What topics have been most meaningful to you (or your troupe)?  What have you done with them?

New and experienced conductors “Peer Clinic”
Thursday September 8, 8-9:15pm (eastern time)
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Bring a conducting question or issue that you might like to discuss with (or get input from) other conductors.  We’ll prioritize the issues at the beginning of the call and try to go into greater depth with at least one topic as well as touch on a couple of others.

Playback and climate change (part two)
Wednesday August 31, 8-9:15pm (eastern time)
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How do we do Playback on a topic that may profoundly alter all of our lives, yet for many of us be seem removed or be in our imaginations about the future rather than the present?  How do we sensitively approach stories of great fear or despair about the world?  How do we inspire people to go forth and act?

Playback and people with disabilities (part two)
Tuesday August 2, 8-9:15pm (eastern time)
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Presenters: Jennie Kristel (Burlington, VT), Michelle Yadon (Carmel, IN), and Debe Edden (Olympia, WA)
How do we offer Playback respectfully for people with disabilities?  How can we support all people in our troupe, recognizing each of our different abilities and disabilities?

Playback and Youth (ages 12-18)
Thursday July 21, 8-9:15pm (eastern time)
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Presenter: Tim Reagan (Sidwell School)
How do we offer Playback on behalf of teens?  How do we support teens to perform Playback?  What are useful contexts in which to offer Playback to teens and potential challenges?

Playback and climate change
Wednesday June 22, 8-9:15pm (eastern time)
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Presenter: Sarah Urech
How do we do Playback on a topic that may profoundly alter all of our lives, yet for many of us be seem removed or be in our imaginations about the future rather than the present?  How do we sensitively approach stories of great fear or despair about the world?


 

If you’re a current PNA member, feel free to contact us suggest topics and moderators for future calls.
Perhaps you’d like to lead one on the topic of your choice?

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