The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble is an interactive, improvisational theatre company that enacts personal stories. For nearly 30 years, the ensemble has created performances and workshops that transform, empower, and validate the human experience.
What We Do
Since 1991, we have worked with schools, hospitals, organizations, social justice and activist groups, religious communities, and conferences. We also perform for private events such as weddings, birthdays and other milestones. We produce Playback Theatre performances for the general public in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
We practice a unique form of interactive and improvisational theatre called Playback Theatre, which prioritizes the values of empathy and mutual respect. In our performances, a skilled facilitator, or “Conductor”, elicits a multitude of feelings and personal stories from audience members or “Tellers”. Our ensemble of professional actors and musicians then brings those stories to life in a way that is honoring, illuminating, and transformative.
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We offer performances, workshops, and classes for private groups and the general public. We have worked with large and small businesses, hospitals, nonprofits, schools, prisons, religious communities, and for milestones such as weddings and birthdays. Please visit our Work With Us page for more information about how to bring transformative, immersive experiences to your group, organization, or company.
“Moments of our lives can be touchstones, full of power and significance. Playback Theatre transforms personal stories told by audience members into theatre pieces using movement, ritual, music, and spoken improvisation.”
-Armand Volkas, Artistic Director