Meet the Ensemble

Armand Volkas

Artistic Director, Conductor, Playback Instructor

Armand Volkas  is the Director of the Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble. He is a psychotherapist and Registered Drama Therapist in private practice and Clinical Director of the Living Arts Counseling Center in Oakland, California,…

Geno Creese

Actor

Geno Creese was born and raised in Los Angeles and spent most of his formative years on stage. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BFA in Acting in 2013 and returned to L.A.…

Vicki Dello Joio

Actor, Playback Instructor

Vicki Dello Joio is a performer, director, master teacher and speaker. Author and Founder of The Way of Joy: A Spiritual Fitness Program, Vicki is a transformational speaker, director, performer and life-changing workshop leader. A…

Laurel has been a playback theatre enthusiast since 2015. Laurel came to the Bay Area for the Drama Therapy/Counseling Psychology program and has performed with Living Arts since 2016. Laurel loves exploring community, cultural events,…

Rae Ann Goldberg

Musician

Rae Ann Goldberg has been a member of the Living Arts Playback Theater Ensemble since 2007. A classically trained violinist, she holds a BA and MA in violin performance. Rae Ann has performed with many…

John Kadyk

Musician

John Kadyk has been performing with the Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble for over 20 years. After studying classical piano and clarinet during his school years, he extended his musical palette to include jazz and…

Christine Kalb

Actor, Founding Member, Playback Instructor

Christine “got bit” by the improvisational theater bug when she took her first improv class with Armand Volkas in 1987. A few years later, when Armand began introducing Playback Theatre forms and philosophy into his…

Sangita Kumar is a results-based organizational development consultant and facilitator dedicated to the empowerment of individuals and our communities. Sangita’s experience over the past 15 years ranges from coaching, professional development, strategic planning, program design,…

Kholoud Nasser is a theatre artist from Lebanon. She moved to the Bay Area in 2014 in order to pursue an MA in Drama Therapy from California Institute of Integral Studies after enjoying 16 years…

Adrian Orozco Blair has been an actor in the Living Arts Playback Theater Ensemble since 2012. He grew up in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and moved to the Bay Area in 2010 to pursue…

Merry Ross

Actor, Playback Instructor

Merry Ross is a Drama Therapist, teacher, actor, and director. She has been a member of The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble since 1994. She is a founding member and supervisor of The Living Arts…

Rebecca Siegel

Actor, Playback Instructor, Company Manager

Rebecca is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Drama Therapist, theatre artist, and Company Manager and Actor of the Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble. She works in private practice as a therapist, and has…

Jordan Daniel Stewart, originally hailing from Perth Amboy, New Jersey, is a first year masters in drama therapy student at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California. Prior to coming to California…

We strive to be an ensemble that reflects the diverse communities which we serve through Playback Theatre. We are an inclusive ensemble representing diversity of race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, religion and age. If you are interested in joining our ensemble, please contact us at info@livingartsplayback.org. We’d love to hear about you!

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