Work with Us

We offer Playback Theatre performances, workshops, and classes for private groups and for the general public. For nearly 30 years, we have worked with businesses, hospitals, nonprofits, schools, prisons, activist groups, religious communities, and for life milestones such as weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries.

Our Playback Theatre performances usually last 90 minutes. We offer workshops that can be anywhere from performance-length to a weekend long. We can adapt our work to many settings, such as a large classroom, church social hall, or auditorium, depending on the needs of your organization. You may center the performance or workshop on a particular theme pertinent to the issues of your organization, or prefer something more general.

What We Offer

STRENGTHEN YOUR ORGANIZATION

For organizations, business, and non-profits, we offer Playback Theatre as a compelling vehicle to celebrate success, process change, problem-solve, grieve loss and share hope. At conferences, a Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble performance can provide an aesthetic and entertaining arena for participants to share and reflect upon their experiences. In corporations, a Playback Theatre performance or workshop is a particularly effective change-management tool that can be applied to a variety of different circumstances: to humanize the effects of a merger or reorganization; to say goodbye to someone who is retiring; to celebrate the achievements of a group.

CELEBRATE LIFE MILESTONES

Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble is available to offer Playback Theatre at your private event. We have performed at weddings, birthdays, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, anniversaries, and retirement parties. Contact us to begin a conversation about your event!

TAKE A PLAYBACK THEATRE CLASS

Learn Playback Theatre for yourself! We offer classes in Playback Theatre each fall and spring. Visit our Upcoming Events page to learn more.

SUPPORT US

We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to the use of drama and the creative arts as tools for personal growth and social change. Donate here.

Past Clients

Since 1991, the Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble has partnered with hundreds of groups and organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Some of our past clients include:

  • Nokia
  • The Presidio Trust
  • San Francisco County Jail
  • Permanente Medical Group
  • California Society of Addiction Medicine
  • The Hoopa Valley Native American Tribe
  • The San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living
  • Bay Area Storytelling Festival, The International Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, The Power of Playback Theatre and Drama Therapy: Therapeutic Tools for Witnessed Healing in Los Angeles
  • Nonprofits: Battered Women’s Alternatives, Center for Elder’s Independence, Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants, Family Paths, Innovations Project in Napa, Seneca Center
  • Schools: California Institute of Integral Studies, Chabot College, Chinese American International School, College of Alameda, College of San Mateo, School for the Deaf in Fremont, Ecole Bilingue, Sofia University, Sonoma State University
  • Conferences: American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Expressive Arts Therapy Conference, North American Drama Therapy Association, World Transactional Analysis Conference

Sometimes our commissioned performances include stories centered around a specific theme. Highlights of past themes include:

  • Santa Rosa Kaiser Hospital honoring first responders to Sonoma County Fires
  • Come Out to Playback Theatre: Two evenings of personal stories of the LGBTQ community during SF Pride
  • Iraq Stories, Cracking the Mask: Seeing the Soul of Arab cultures
  • Facing the Mountain: Armenians & Turks share their stories
  • Overcoming Racism: Descendants of Slaves and Slave Owners
  • Holocaust Commemorations with Jews and Germans
  • Now What? Getting a Grip on the Mueller Report
  • Healing the Wounds of Bullying with Playback Theatre

A video from our performance at the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) 2015 Annual Conference:

Testimonials

It was such a pleasure to have the Living Arts Playback Theater Ensemble perform at Chabot College! They created a lively and welcoming space where our first year college students could share their stories of courage, struggle, and resilience. The authentic, heartfelt, and at times quite funny tales that came forth were ‘played back’ with mastery by the actors as Armand guided the entire audience to progressively explore the depth and beauty of our narratives. By the end of this interactive performance, the majority of our students shared (through a survey we provided) that this experience made them feel more connected to one another and a greater sense of belonging to Chabot.  

Juztino P., MA, LMFT

The response was overwhelmingly positive as the power of inter-generational story-telling and improvisation moved the audience deeply, eliciting feelings of empathy and connectedness across a broad spectrum. The stories told at the performance included an older Jewish woman sharing a memory of her family surviving the Holocaust, a young person sharing a story of overcoming a personal family trauma, and a transgendered woman sharing her journey of acceptance in the LGBTQ community in San Francisco, perfectly timed for Pride month. Playback theatre has a unique capacity to artistically bridge a wide range of human experiences to find the humanity in all.

Robert Sarison, LMFT RDT RCFE, Director of Campus Programs at San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living

I imagined this event with your participation. It could not have happened without you–the gift of your brilliance, scholarship, generosity, creativity, care, critical justice work in the world, and enormous hearts.

Lisa Denenmark, California Institute of Integral Studies

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