Accredited Trainers of Playback Theatre


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Michael Cheng
Michael is an applied drama practitioner. He is Artistic Director of Tapestry Playback Theatre, and founder-member of 3 Cups of Kopi Playback. He is a graduate of the Centre for Playback Theatre, and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors. He is also a Practitioner member of the International Playback Theatre Network (IPTN).

South Korea
Myoungeui Hong

+821063311804 or
Myoungeui is a representative of Association of Korean Playback Theatre, the artistic director of Playback Theatre company, Chero and a 2014 CPT graduate. Myoungeui facilitates monthly public workshops as an introduction to PT and public performances for community’s restoration back to ordinary life. Her training focus is on cultivating intuition, sensitivity, and spontaneity based on expressive art, 3-level awareness, and authentic movement among others. As a registered art psychotherapist, Myoungeui actively applies PT in both private and collective sessions.

Aki Komori
Faculty of School of Playback Theatre Japan(SPTJ). Aki completed Leadership in 2006 and takes an active part in Playback AZ as a conductor, actor and musician. Aki is invited by groups from all over Japan to give guidance and supervision. She taught “Becoming a fearless and confident musician” in the world conference in Montreal in 2015 and taught an international course in SPTJ in 2016. Aki is an occupational therapist and applies Playback Theatre to the course of education for occupational therapy students. She is also a mother of 3 children and provides workshops for mothers and kids in her local community.

Kayo Munakata
Co-founder of School of Playback Theatre Japan. Founder and an artistic director of Playback AZ. The author of The Way of Playback Theatre, published in Japanese, English and Chinese. I work with many groups and companies, and teach workshops from introductory to advanced levels. Currently I am often invited by schools, universities, governments, and corporations for trainings and performances around the world.

Josephine Lin (Shuling)
+886 933888442
Drama Therapist. Artistic Director of Even Near (First PT company in Taiwan since 2004)
Specialty in Woman Empowerment, Storytelling and Clowning.


Davina Holmes
United Kingdom/New Zealand

Graduate of Centre for Playback Theatre, 2010; Dance Movement Psychotherapist; Teacher; Mother. I fell in love with Playback Theatre in 1995 in my native New Zealand. I trained with Bev Hosking, performing with Wellington Playback Theatre for many years, before spreading my wings to move to the UK. Since then, I have worked with several Playback companies in NZ and the UK; the most recent being London Playback and Playback Edinburgh. I am also a guest teacher for SPTUK. My original apprentice-style training with Bev Hosking modeled to me to respect the time it takes to develop as a performer and trainer, and to honor the ancestry and rituals of PT. These values underpin my training and I am committed to keeping the vision for PT of excellent and ethical training and practice.


Diane Adderley
LinkedIn: Diane Adderley
Leadership Graduate 2004. Professional actor and musician 1975-1995, largely in socialist-feminist company-devised theatre. Now self-employed as a psychodramatist, sociodramatist, coach, supervisor and trainer in corporate settings. PT Practitioner – co-founder of Playback Theatre Manchester 1992, which is now in its 25th year; member of York Playback Theatre 1992-2015.  Performed numerous times in the roles of conductor, actor and musician. PT Trainer, working with companies in UK and internationally, with both newly-forming groups and very experienced ensembles. Enjoys all areas of training, particularly conducting, development workshops for both existing and new companies, mentoring/supervision for leaders and conductors.

Amanda Brown
With a background in classical and modern dance and choreography, collaborative community arts projects, early years and primary education, I am currently co director of Playback Theatre South West Charity and founder member of Mirror Mirror and Tarte Noire Playback Theatre companies. I teach for UKSPT and run courses locally. My journey with Playback Theatre began in 1995 and I completed Leadership in 2008. I am interested in supporting healthy company life and providing safe group experiences where deep stories can be shared and where embodied listening informs artistry in a collaborative Playback Theatre practise.

Anna Chesner
Background in psychodrama, dramatherapy, group analytic psychotherapy and training. Anna is co-director of the School of Playback Theatre UK and is mentor of Gehdicht in Swizerland. Anna enjoys teaching all aspects of playback theatre and mentoring new companies.

Luigi Dotti
Founder and Leader (with Laura Consolati) of Compagnia del Fare e Disfare – Playback Theatre Company in Brescia (Italy) since 1994. Author of Storie di vita in scena (Stories of Life on the Scene: PT as act of service for individual, group and community) and other publications.

Ana María Fernández Espinosa
Ana’s training started as a psychodramatist and from there she discovered Spontaneous Theatre and then Playback Theatre. Ana teaches in the Psycho-Sociodrama and Applied Theatre School “IMPROMPTU” and collaborates with the post-grad of “Applied Theatre” at the University of Valencia.
As a graduate of Playback Theatre, Ana has learned from some great masters. She also has learned a lot with the Playback Theatre group “Entrespejos”, from the technique to some values such as generosity, enthusiasm, confidence, collaboration and humanity.
Her interest and current vision is in the spreading of the training in Playback Theatre as an applied theatre.

Mi camino comenzó como psicodramatista, y desde allí descubrí el teatro espontáneo.
Más tarde, entré en contacto con el teatro playback, que me apasionó por la claridad de su metodología, que a la vez también es un desafío integral para la persona.
Fundé la compañía “Entrespejos” (2006) y desde la que hago formación en teatro playback. He aprendido mucho en ella, tanto técnica como algunos valores como generosidad, conexión, confianza, colaboración y humanidad.
Soy co-fundadora de la escuela de PsicoSociodrama y teatro aplicado “Impromptu”.
Colaboro en el “Máster de teatro aplicado” de la Universidad de Valencia.

Ariane Ehinger
Berlin, Germany
Ariane’s background: music, drama school, psychotherapy/Psychodrama. Co-founder and since 2006 leader of Playback Theater Berlin. Ariane speaks German, French and English and she enjoys teaching all aspects of Playback Theatre and mentoring companies. She is also the chair of the German Playback Theatre School.

Alison Fairlove
United Kingdom

My background is in Theatre-in Education, Counselling and as a Mother!
Alison first met Playback Theatre in 1995 and has been lucky enough to work with many wonderful founding teachers. Alison completed Leadership in 2008.
Currently, Alison is working as Artistic Director for Playback Theatre South West Charity. and is a founding member of Mirror Mirror (2005) and Tarte Noire Women’s Playback Theatre Company (2007). Teaching for UKSPT, internationally and ongoing local Core Training courses, Alison is committed to bringing Playback Theatre to deepen many community conversations locally. Their main focus is in working with the refugee community, with young carers and women who have experienced domestic violence and in mental health settings, developing good tools for supporting healthy company life which Alison is always happy to share.

Daniel Feldhendler
Germany and France
Born in Paris (France), lives in Frankfurt/Main (Germany).
Playback Theatre since 1988, Co-founder with Marlies Arping of Spiegelbuehne Frankfurt (1994), Co-founder and Board member of German speaking Playback Theatre Network in Frankfurt (Playback-Theater-Netzwerk e.V.) and Affiliated School of Playback Theatre with CPT NY. Senior Lecturer at Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany. Trainer in Psychodrama (Moreno-Institute, Germany), Coaching & Supervision (DGSV). Current focus on Playback Theatre as dialogue and social mediation; integration with Psychodrama, Action Methods, Life Stories approaches, Supervision and Life Coaching. He contributes to developments and teaching in French Speaking areas.

Since 1992, he has taught Playback Theatre in French, German and English in many European countries and Canada.

Simon Floodgate
Background as a community theatre artist, academic and teacher of theatre. Currently co-director of the UK School of Playback Theatre, I completed Leadership in 2006.

My training interests encompass all aspects of Playback theatre with an emphasis on the art of the Actor in relation to stagecraft, improvisation and social action. Supporting the emerging Playback Theatre community in the Czech Republic. I also work within the field of deaf and disability arts and lecture and research in deaf sign language in performance at the University of Reading, UK.

Karin Bettina Gisler
Phone: +41 79 420 39 18
Skype: karinbettina
Karin Bettina Gisler lives in Zurich, Switzerland. She has been a Playback Practitioner since 1990. Karin is a Founder and leader of Playback-Theater Zurich, a professional Playback-Company and a member of the teachers board of the German Playback-school. Karin has been a trainer in Central-Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Kuba, Burundi, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and India. She is a member of the Board of IPTN.

Endel Hango
Estonia (Tartu Theatre of Spontaneity)

Endel has done PBT since 2003. He is also psychodramatist in Tartu Psychodrama Institute ( and a trainer, consultant, coach and supervisor in his own private practice Change Consulting ( In playback theatre his favorite “genres” are company coaching and team-building, spontaneity training, self-development and therapy courses and also introductory courses.

Jutta Heppekausen (MA Supervision)
Freiburg (Germany) and Canyelles/Barcelona (Spain)
Dramapedagogue, Psychodramatist, Coach/Supervisor, founder of “Blickwechsel Playbacktheater Freiburg, teaching in the University of Education Freiburg/Germany, further training in Alexandertechnik.

Teaching experience in Germany, Spain, Russia, Turkey, Palestine/Israel, Georgia, Nicaragua and other countries
Languages: German, Spanish, Russian, English.

Training interests: The Echoes of the story/ Ethical and political impact of PBT/ Dialog and conflict management with PBT/ Artistic expression, e.g. Playing with metaphors/ Deepening PBT Rituals/ Dramaturgy.

Ella Hofmann
Zürich, Switzerland

+ 41 44 252 03 91

Ella Hofmann is an actress and trainer. She teaches all levels of Playback Theater, to all age groups. She also trains groups of non-Playbackers (organizations, business, children, group of friends) to perform Playback Theater at a given occasion.
Topics of special interest include: Connecting body and voice, structure and dramaturgy of stories, making real connections on stage, working with music, finding meaningful words, the teller’s actor, the essence of stories, fun and different forms, Playback for two actors, conducting.

Pontus Holmgren
+46 708 44 99 50
Pontus has a MS in Psychology and has specialized in group- and organizational development. For the last 20 years he’s been involved in the development of leaders and organizations internationally.

He lectures on change and group dynamics at Stockholm University and is a faculty member at IFL at SSE and the Stockholm Open Lab for complex societal challenges. He is a certified facilitator (IAF).

Pontus is an actor, conductor and producer in TeaterX, Stockholm, and a trainer at Scandinavian Playback Theatre Studio and teaches core training and advanced topics such as “conducting” and “playback for change” and “playback in organizations.”

Davina Holmes
United Kingdom/New Zealand

Graduate of Centre for Playback Theatre, 2010; Dance Movement Psychotherapist; Teacher; Mother. I fell in love with Playback Theatre in 1995 in my native New Zealand. I trained with Bev Hosking, performing with Wellington Playback Theatre for many years, before spreading my wings to move to the UK. Since then, I have worked with several Playback companies in NZ and the UK; the most recent being London Playback and Playback Edinburgh. I am also a guest teacher for SPTUK. My original apprentice-style training with Bev Hosking modeled to me to respect the time it takes to develop as a performer and trainer, and to honor the ancestry and rituals of PT. These values underpin my training and I am committed to keeping the vision for PT of excellent and ethical training and practice.

Paolo Lanciani
call: +39 3387623308

Paolo Lanciani is a founding partner of DLM-Partners, a firm of business psychologists. Consistently with the mission of DLM “make people make the difference”, Paolo and Davide Motta established and lead a professional playback theatre company offering performances and workshops to profit and non-profit organizations. In order to fit the specific context they developed the Feedback Theatre process, a format that uses a regular Playback theatre performance within a larger group facilitation process. Our main focus is on helping companies generating value for all stakeholders making business #Profitablesustainable

Agnes Law
Singapore and UK
Born in Singapore and living in UK, Agnes is a registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist, Social Worker and Supervisor. Special interests including teaching conducting, group processes, body spontaneity and applications in social work settings. She is the Associate director of True Heart Theatre (UK); guest tutor with School of Playback Theatre UK; Chairperson of First Asian Playback Theatre Gathering (Singapore); Founder and director of Tapestry Playback Theatre (Singapore till 2005). Agnes speaks English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Margarete Meixner

Tel.: +43 676 619 8 614
Margarete is theatre worker, coach and supervisor. She is founder and leader of SOG. THEATRE, a professional theatre organisation, specializing in the use of Playback Theatre for community and organizational development, intergeneration and intercultural processes. She is member of the teachers board of the German Playback Theatre School.

Her vision of a “good” Playback Theatre is a theatre which connects and concentrates in a wonderful aesthetic way. A humorously mirror with a tender and warm irony, humanity and heartiness, with the focus on both seemingly banal or great stories. A theatre, which expresses what is happening on the inside, touches the soul and where you have a lot to laugh. That this vision step by step becomes true, therefore I want to be a trainer.
Practitioner since 2009

Davide Motta
Milan, Italy
Psychologist, psychotherapist and psychodramatist, Davide is a Playback Theatre practitioner since 2004 and CPT graduated in 2012.He is co-founder, trainer and conductor of “DLM feedback theatre” PT company, engaged in offering performances and workshops for both profit and non-profit organizations.
For “The Ariel Group Inc.” he facilitates theatre based workshop. He strongly believes in the future of sustainable business as a way for social change: both DLM-partners and The Ariel Group are, in fact, certified Benefit Corporations. He’s previously (2007-2015) been teacher at the “Scuola Italiana di Playback Teatre” (Italian School of Playback Theatre) and founder, conductor and performer of “Impronte” PT company in Milan.

Psicologo, psicoterapeuta e psicodrammatista, Davide è un praticante di playback theatre dal 2004, diplomato presso il CPT nel 2012. È co-fondatore formatore e conduttore della compagnia di playback theatre “DLM feedback theatre”, la quale offre performance e workshop sia per organizzazioni profit che no-profit.
Per “The Ariel Group” facilita, in contesti aziendali, workshop basati sulle competenze teatrali.
Crede fortemente nel futuro del business sostenibile come via per un cambiamento sociale: sia DLM-partners sia Ariel Group sono, infatti, certificate Benefit Corporation. In precedenza (2007-2015) è stato insegnante presso la Scuola Italiana di Playback Theatre e fondatore, conduttore e attore della compagnia “Impronte” di Milano.

Veronica Needa
UK and Hong Kong
A Hong Kong-born Londoner, professional theatre worker & storyteller, she has been a PT practitioner since 1991. President of the International Playback Theatre Network (1998-2003); Director of the School of Playback Theatre United Kingdom (2006- ), founder of London Playback Theatre ( & True Heart Theatre (; Board member of the Centre for Playback Theatre and chair of the International Programming Committee. Coach and mentor for groups. Teaching at all levels with international experience.

Isabella Peghin

Pedagogue, actress, dancer and Italian School of Playback Theatre trainer. Trained at the Trieste University (Italy), C.I.M.D. dance and skilled in Action Methods (CSP). Professional trainer in the fields of education, drama and theatre. Skilled in conducting Action Methods with groups of children and adults and in working with inclusion and emotional educational projects in schools. Practitioner since 2006, she has led Playback Theatre groups since 2010. As a Leadership graduate (Centre for Playback Theatre, Sondrio, 2015), she has been involved in many projects using playback theatre in community development.

Jan Platander

cell: +47 45 08 14 23
Educator and facilitator, using action methods and playback theatre for dialogue and reflection in groups and organisations. Certified Practitioner of Psychodrama. Altering in the roles of actor, conductor and musician in Playback Theatre. Co-founder of Teater X, and still involved in several PT companies and projects. Trainer and co-director of Skandinavisk Playbackteater Studio. Have been teaching playback theatre since 1996, mainly in Scandinavia. Graduated from CPT in 2008. Special interest: PT in organisations and the potential of the poet/actor in collaboration with the ”soundscaper” (music for playback

Synne Platander

Phone: +47 41 38 18 04

Graduated from the School of Playback Theatre (CPT) in 1994 and has been performing and teaching Playback Theatre throughout Scandinavia ever since. MA in Theatre and applied Drama from Trondheim University. Founder and artistic director of Teater X in Stockholm (1999-2009), and still involved in several PT companies and projects. Trainer and co-director of Skandinavisk Playbackteater Studio. Works part time as a language teacher for immigrants learning Norwegian. Using playback as a tool for dialogue and inclusion in the local community. “Think globally – act locally!”

Joke Rood
Co-founder of in 1997, former board member of IPTN, graduate of Centre for Playback Theatre. Organizer of the European Playback Theatre Gathering in 2014. Led playback trainings in Holland, India, Finland, Germany and Belgium. Speaks Dutch, English and a little German and French. Likes to teach the effectiveness of playback theatre in ”surfacing critical issues, celebrating successes and endings, energizing and clarifying vision, building empathy and cohesion and bringing out ‘unheard’ or minority voices” (from Change Handbook edited by Holman, Devane & Cady).

Practical teaching in conducting, artistic skills, deep listening, games, combined with theory.

Lambros Yotis

tel 6938719138

Psychiatrist (PhD), Dramatherapist (PGDip), Stage director and Actor. Trained and worked at the Athens University (Greece) and the University of Hertfordshire (UK). Professional work in the fields of psychotherapy, drama and theatre, particularly with clients with psychosis. Participated in a number of anti-stigma mental health programmes. I have been involved, trained and led Playback Theatre groups from year 2000. Graduate of Playback Theatre Leadership (Centre for Playback Theatre, Canada, 2014). Founder of the Association of Dramatic Expression and Therapy “Palmos”, in the frame of which the first professional playback theatre company and training in Greece was established.

Fra Zeller
Art therapist, drama teacher, actress, coach; teacher and mentor of Playback Theatre in Switzerland and Germany. Have led trainings in many different countries.
I speak German, English, French and Italian.
I teach all aspects of Playback Theatre.
Special training interests: training of artistic skills; dramaturgy in Playback using body language, space and music beyond words.


Donáth Attila
phone numbers: +36307335556, +36302433158
I apply the Playback method currently in different areas: training, development (of social key competencies, self-knowledge, creativity, and talent care); organizational and management development, consulting (training, supervision); and also art therapy treatment (for prevention and mental-hygiene). These areas cover a broad spectrum of target groups: from students to psychodrama specialists, from those with special needs to top managers.

My strengths are multidisciplinarity and system-approach, as also indicated by my qualifications (special education teacher, human resources specialist, social policy specialist, supervisor).

Tihamér Bakó

Phone: +36 30 5452 334
I often use playback as a technique of self-knowledge in my private therapeutic work. Iregularly use it playback by its own in my therapies because of my psychoanalytical and psychodramatical background. For me as the leader of the Playback department of the Hungarian Psychodrama Society is vital and far more important to use playback in the private therapy beyond just in the theatre. It has evolved from there but it is essential to bring out and find new ways of its usefulness.
When building a theatrical company, or when I teach, held training the self-knowledge of the participants are always in a focus of my work.

Lyubitov Igor
Phone: +7 916 560 2690
Member of the Russian Central Playback Theatre School board
Playback Theater “Alchemistry”, art director, conductor, actor
Art director of the PT studio “Bolshoi Theatrick”
Special Interests: Ethno-cultural aspects, the cultural backgrounds, myths and archetypes in PT performance
Psychologist, Psychodrama therapist
Moscow, Russia

Roman Kandybur
Story is really important for me. Story that connects all of us. It is also important for me to find points of contact with others at deeper level (what is called existential dialogue). As a trainer, I’m  interesting to help in the creation of new Playback Theatre companies. I like to work with bodily awareness, ritual, teamwork, a sense of rhythm in the Playback Theater and the deep listening. Also I use Playback Theater as a tool to develop communities. I’ve been in the Playback Theater since 2008 and completed Leadership in 2015.  I have a background of Gestalt therapy, street theater, rhythmotherapy. anthropology.

Роман Кандибур
Мені важлива Історія, яка пов’язує усіх нас. Також мені дуже цікаво знаходити глибокий контакт з іншими (те що має назву  екзистенціальний діалог)  В якості тренера мені цікаво допомогати створювати нові плейбек-театри, працювати з телесністью, ритуалом, командною співпрацею , почуттям ритму в плейбек-театрі, глибинним слуханням. Використовувати плейбек-театр як інструмент побудови громад.
Я займаюсь плейбек-театром з 2008 року, маю бэкграунд гештальт терапевта, вуличного театра, ритмотерапії та антропології.

Maria Mishina
Phone: +7 916 521 4544
Maria is a Psychologist working as consultant and psychotherapist. Her interest lie in the topics of group process and reflection, social and cultural diversities, and how the theater can impact personal development. She holds diplomas in Psychodrama Therapy by Moreno Institute of Psychodrama and Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy (Germany, Überlingen) and International Diploma of Bodynamic Foundation Training (Denmark, 2009).

Olga Sanachina
Olga is one of the founders, actresses and conductors of the oldest Russian playback theatre, “New Jazz,” begun in 2008 in Moscow. She is a creator and coordinator of a number of playback projects in Russian, some made in cooperation with international partners. She is a psychologist, psychodramatist, former social worker and business-trainer, and is a graduate of the leadership playback course in 2012.

Olga is also a Russian Master of Sport (granted for sports achievement) in rhythmic gymnastics. She plans to develop the connection between classical theatre, experimental social theatre work and playback and share this experience with others. She has participated in a three year intensive program for directors, Theatrical School in Poland Theatre (Moscow), and has experience in various theatrical and dance projects.

As a trainer she can work with such topics as authentic presence on stage, dynamic energy of stories and performance, how to use the body to be more truthful on stage, and preparing the participants to play to any social group.

Anastasya Vorobyova
Phone: +7 916 027 61 15
Artist, performer, social activist for human rights, co-founder school of performance.

Social interests: teaching Playback Theater, work with the body, conducting, psychodrama.


Dr. Rinat Shahaf Barzilay
Rinat Shahaf Barzilay, PhD, works as a teaching coordinator and tutor at The Open University of Israel. Her teaching areas are assessment and evaluation in education. Her main research is professional learning communities (PLC) and PT as a tool for teacher’s training and professional development. She is the artistic director of the PT ensemble “OPlayback” in Raanana, and has been teaching, researching and writing about PT for several years. She is a workshop facilitator a PT conductor in Israel and a graduate of Playback Theatre in 2016. Special training interests: Status in PT; Narrative Reticulation (NR)- based on Jonathan Fox’s theory (Fox, 2016); PT in student and teacher’s learning.

Shirley Legum
Shirley is a classically trained actress, dancer, director, and certified group therapist. For eleven years she has been a member of “Play-Life” in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Shirley is a playback theatre teacher, acting coach and leader belonging to the Playback Theater Israeli Association and its Leadership forum. During 2013, Shirley has founded “Chapter B” Playback Theater group in Tel-Aviv.

Shirley conducts PT trainings and workshops all over Israel and internationally, specializing in teaching authentic theatrical and movement skills and in building communities, focusing on issues of identity and belonging. Currently, Shirley is studying Psychotherapy at Adler’s Institute and combining Adler’s methods for life with Playback theatre work.

Ben Rivers
Occupied Palestine
Ben Rivers specializes in the use of drama therapy and playback theatre for community mobilization and collective trauma response. He has taught and practiced around the world, working extensively with communities impacted by violence, trauma and adversity. He is Co-Director of the Arab School of Playback Theatre (Adonis, Lebanon) and the Executive Director of Dawar (Cairo, Egypt). He holds an MA in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in drama therapy and a PhD in Peace Studies from the University of New England, Australia. He is a Registered Drama Therapist and an Accredited Playback Theatre Trainer. He is currently based in Egypt.

Assael Romanelli

Assael Romanelli, MSW, works as a couple and family therapist, workshop facilitator and a Playback theater (PT) conductor in Israel, Europe and the USA. He is the artistic director of the PT ensemble “Or Chozer” in Jerusalem, and has been teaching, researching and writing about PT for several years. He combines clear, easy terminology and techniques to help create esthetic, professional and engaging PT. Currently he is a PHD candidate researching the effects of teaching improvisation to therapists.
Special training interests: Ninja actor, Antagonism, Scenes, Chorus, Dilemmas and conflicts, Silence and stillness, Sexuality and Eroticism, Metaphors and actor training.

Aviva Apel-Rosenthal
Aviva is founder and artistic director of ‘Play-Life’ Playback Theatre in Israel since 1991 and co-founder of the Israeli PB School since 2001. She is teaching PB internationally in 22 countries. Aviva is also an Assistant Teacher in Leadership course with J. Fox and a PB trainer for CPT. 
Aviva is an expert for upgrading Artistic skills and therapeutic awareness based on her past as a theater actress and director, her therapeutic education and her long PBT experience.

Aviva is offering workshops all over the world for advanced skills to develop and bring Playback to its full capacity of Art and Healing, and upgrading company life and artistic level of performances.

Nurit Shoshan
Mobile 054-5958433
Nurit is a full-time Playback Theatre practitioner. She teaches and conducts PT workshops and performances for artistic, therapeutic and business oriented organizations with ‘Play-Life’ Playback Theatre Company, in Tel Aviv, Israel. She is the founder of “creative space” Playback Theatre. She has been a Playback Theatre actor, conductor and practitioner since 1991. For over 14 years now, she has been conducting groups and performances dealing with crises and trauma.
Together with Aviva Apel-Rosenthal, she directs the Israeli School of Playback Theatre which is affiliated with the Centre for Playback Theatre in New York, USA.


Will Chalmus (Will C.)
Boston, Massachusetts
Founder and artistic director of Brandeis Playback Theatre Society and Hugsy Playback Theatre Society. Former board member and current committee member of Centre for Playback. Served IPTN conferences on host committee and program committee in Germany and Canada respectively. Will C. has performed locally and internationally while leading introductory to advanced level workshops, offering courses on music, managing the climax of a story, and company development. Will C. is a 2010 graduate of the Centre for Playback and holds a B.A. in Theater Arts from Brandeis University and a M.Ed. from Harvard University.

Penny Clayton
Penny graduated from The Centre in 2006 and has been a member of Hudson River Playback Theatre since 1998. She holds a Theatre Arts degree, “Playback Theatre for Social Change”. She has worked in schools utilizing the “No More Bullying!” playback model and has taught for The Centre of PT. With highest regard to ethics and artistry she develops customized workshops for playback companies meeting skill building objectives in acting, ensemble work and story principles. PT is a vehicle to creativity, collaboration, and is in service to meaningful human connections. Penny is profoundly honored to provide this powerful pathway for others.

Élisabeth Couture
Québec, Canada

Cell: 514-914-3028
Élisabeth Couture is a graduate of the Center for Playback Theatre and holds a certification as a psychodramatist from the International Center of Expressive Psychotherapy in Yamachiche, Québec. She has led groups of children, teenagers and adults for more than 35 years, as facilitator, director, teacher and team leader. She has been a professor in Concordia University’s theatre department for 15 years. She also conducts Playback Theatre performances for Promito Playback, a company involved in crucial social and language issues in Montreal.

Debe Edden
Olympia, Washington

Phone: (360) 943-6772
Debe is an activist, dedicated educator and professional performer. She founded her Playback Theatre company, the Heartsparkle Players, in 1991. She is the Artistic and Managing Director and shares in conducting and acting. She graduated from the Centre in 1996, is currently on the Centre’s North America Programming Committee and has taught for the Centre. Throughout her rich and varied work and performance life, Playback Theatre has been a red thread of creative inspiration, community building and hope. She loves to teach: supporting youth and people with a spectrum of abilities, public performances and community building, all levels of Playback, company leadership and conducting.

Hannah Fox
New York
1 (917) 699- 1196
Hannah Fox is a long-time teacher and practitioner of Playback Theatre and Artistic Director of Big Apple Playback Theatre in New York City. She is also a full-time professor of dance and theatre at Manhattanville College and a full-time mom.

Jonathan Fox
New York
Jonathan is a co-founder of playback theatre and the director emeritus of the Centre for Playback Theatre.

Pamela Freeman
I am a graduate of the Centre of Playback Theatre. I am available to teach Core, issues around Social Justice and diversity, and using Playback to help with trauma. I also enjoy leading workshops around company issues.

Sarah Halley
Sarah has been studying and teaching Playback Theatre since 1994. She has founded 2 playback companies and currently is the co-director of Playback for Change in Philadelphia, PA USA. Sarah is committed to using playback theatre as a vehicle for social change, by supporting tellers who are typically not heard to tell their stories, by inviting stories that often do not get told, and by training PT actors to meet the challenge of hearing and bringing those stories to life.

Jennie Kristel
Jennie Kristel, MA, REAT, RMT, has been on the Board of Directors of the centre for Playback Theatre since 2001. Jennie has been teaching Playback since 1998, and teaches Playback Theatre in South Asia, working with area NGO’s on social issues as a way to support people in understanding their deeper stories, resolve conflict and help build community. Jennie was the founder and artistic director of Vermont Playback Theatre for 13 years, and uses Playback in her work as an expressive therapist to support people in finding their voice, working working to help people to experience empowerment, in order to make healthy choices, reduce conflicts and make transformational change.
Jennie loves to teach foundational courses including Core, Active Conducting and the Therapeutic Elements . She also is happy to offer mentoring and supervision.

Paul McIsaac
New York
My focus these days and the area where I think I have the most to offer is exploring and developing ways PT can address the challenges we all face with climate change and the uncontrolled technologies that threaten all life on our planet. If you or your PT company wants to address these problems I’m eager to share ideas and work with you.

Liz Muckley
Liz is a professional actress and drama therapist. She has practiced Playback Theater in many contexts from after-school programs to corporate staff development. She has started four Playback companies over the last 23 years and has mentored Playback Companies throughout the Mid- West. Liz is dedicated to spreading Playback’s transformative power as an Actor, Conductor, Mentor and Teacher. Her particular interests include ensemble building, the use of the body and voice in service to authentic Playback acting and conducting skills.

Leticia Nieto. Psy.D., L.M.F.T, C.P.
Olympia, Washington

I have been deeply involved in Playback Theatre since meeting Jonathan Fox in 1989. I have formed and trained troupes that embrace the mission of providing service performances. I am currently trainer and conductor for Pasajer@s Playback, a company dedicated to Playback with an emphasis on social change and informed by anti-¬-oppression theory and practice. I have also worked with individuals and collectives in Mexico who have now created vital Playback groups.

I am a Professor in the M.A. in Counseling Program at Saint Martin’s University. I also provide anti-¬- oppression training based on my book, Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment.

Tim Reagan, PhD
Phone: 301-221-3193
Office: 202-537-2454
Tim has a PhD in expressive therapies from Lesley University, and specializes in Playback with adolescents.
He is the director of the drama program at Sidwell Friends Middle School in Washington, DC. He is a graduate of the Playback Theatre School and an accredited Playback Theatre trainer. Tim directs Vertical Voices Playback Theatre and advises Friendly Rewinders Playback, both at Sidwell Friends School. He is a registered drama therapist and holds certificates in discipline-based and standards-based theatre education.

Jo Salas
New York
Cofounder of Playback Theatre. Founder and artistic director of Hudson River Playback Theatre. Core faculty member of the Centre for Playback Theatre. Author of Improvising Real Life: Personal Story in Playback Theatre and other publications. I enjoy working with companies or teaching open workshops, from introductory to advanced levels and on any aspect of Playback Theatre including conducting, music, and how to teach Playback.

Andrea Sandoval

Background as professional theater artist, theater teacher and in psychodrama. Director of La Escafandra Ensamble Teatral Playback and founder of Anahata PT. I completed Leadership in 2014. Founder and member of the Mexican Network of Teatro Espontáneo and Playback Theater. I´m interested in teaching all aspects of Playback Theater and mentoring new companies.

Deborah Scott
North Carolina
Asheville, NC USA
Deb Scott studied acting with Stella Adler, worked in NYC for 15 years as an actor and designer, and earned a Masters in Humanistic Education at SUNY New Paltz. After moving to NC in 1994, became a founding member of Asheville Playback Theatre, and was Artistic Director for 18 years.

Deb currently works as a Life Coach with low income individuals who are becoming self-reliant, and re-writing their stories. The riches of PBT inform all aspects of her life. Currently teaching monthly PBT workshops open to the community; most interested in how sharing storiesleads to empowerment.

Judy Swallow
New York
Judy was a founding member of the original Playback Theatre company. In 1985 she started Community Playback Theatre, which has been performing regularly in Highland, NY ever since. She is very interested in how stories get heard and how the body/mind of the actors respond to what they hear and see – and to each other. She is a psychodramatist and explores how groups co-create successfully together. She loves introducing Playback to new groups, and is happy to learn from other people who know and love Playback.

Tim Van Ness
Tim Van Ness is founder and President of Van Ness & C0. He’s a 27-year Playback veteran: Member -­‐ Boulder Playback (CO); Founder/Artistic Director -­‐ Boston Playback, and Valley Playback (Amherst, MA); Founding partner -­‐ DramaWorks InterActive (Northampton, MA). He consults to, trains and performs for PT companies internationally. He graduated in the first class of the School of Playback, served on the first Board of IPTN, and now serves on two committees for the Centre For Playback Theatre. Tim’s been a visiting professor at Antioch (Keene, NH), NYU and the Stockholm School of Economics, and delivered Leadership programs for Harvard Executive Education.

Sarah Urech
New York
1-845 658-8866
Skype: sarahurech
Since 1994, Sarah Urech has been acting, conducting, and teaching with Hudson River Playback Theatre, founded by playback co-founder Jo Salas. Sarah serves on the faculty and North American Program Committee of the Centre for Playback Theatre and is a previous board member of the International Playback Theatre Network. She has performed and taught playback in 14 countries, including Cuba, Japan, and Russia. She specializes in teaching foundational playback in international, multilingual settings on topics including conducting, ritual, therapeutic elements, and the social dimension, and also offers supervision. A Licensed Master Social Worker and certified psychodramatist, Sarah is originally from Switzerland and speaks seven languages.


Sheila Donio
Strengthening the work of many teams since 2004, Sheila is a graduate of CPT. Her areas of focus in teaching include spontaneity and group process; Playback Theatre in situations of trauma; teaching Playback for beginners; and coaching leaders within and beyond Playback.

A theater actress and workshop facilitator, with extensive experience since 1992, both in Brazil and abroad, Sheila is the current Chair of the Board of Directors of CPT.

After joining two Brazilian Playback companies working primarily with corporations, in 2008 she was a guest actress with several American companies and became a trainee in Arts and Social Transformation at Brandeis University. Sheila founded SDW and now visits many countries facilitating workshops and performing Playback Theatre.

Antonio Vitorino Cardoso Neto

Teacher and Art Director of PT
Psychodrama Psychoterapist
Phone: +55 41 91045234

Loreto Campusano Saravia

Phone: +569 77653651
Psicoterapeuta, Psicodramatista. Leadership in Playback Theatre. Directora en Teatro Espontáneo. Actriz de Oficio. Desarrollos en Clown Hospital, Dramaterapia y Teatro Del Oprimido. Trabaja en Salud Pública e Instituciones Educacionales en Santiago de Chile. Directora Compañía Teatro Playback VUELO, y Colectivo Teatral ALAS. Secretaria Regional para América Central y América del Sur de IPTN.

Psychotherapist, Psychodramatist. Leadership in Playback Theatre. Director at Spontaneous Theater. Professional Actress. Improvements in Clown Hospital, Drama Therapy and Theatre of the Oppressed. Work in Public Health and Educational Institutions in Santiago de Chile. Director VUELO Playback Theatre Company and ALAS Theater Collective. Regional Secretary for Central America and South America IPTN.