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About Us

The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble is a troupe of improvisational actors and musicians who “play back” personal stories shared by audience members in ways that both honor and illuminate the original experience.  The ensemble produces performances, workshops and events for personal, professional and organizational growth.

Created in 1986 under the direction of psychotherapist and drama therapist Armand Volkas, The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble, in collaboration with The Healing the Wounds of History Project, has received international acclaim for its work in bringing groups in conflict together such as Germans and Jews; Palestinians and Israelis; Japanese, Chinese and Koreans on their legacy of WWII and Armenians and Turks.

At the heart of its work is a profound respect for the power of personal story to build bridges between people and cultures. The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble is a member of the International Playback Theatre Network and performs for corporations, schools, hospitals, community celebrations, conferences and for the general public.

Armand Volkas, Director


Alicia Stephen
Allison Kenny
Adrian Orozco Blair
Anees Guillen
Rebecca Siegel
Gina McKuen
John Kadyk
Merry Ross
Rae Ann Goldberg
Roni Alperin
Ruth Jovel
Tommy Nguyen
Aileen Cho
Vicki Dello Joio