• Ekpe Abioto

    Musician

    Ekpe is a traditional African musician living in Memphis. He teaches and performs regularly.
  • Bill Baker

    Actor

    Bill Baker has been a theatre practitioner in Memphis for over forty years. He is the founding director of the Our Own Voice Theatre Troupe, for whom he frequently acts, writes, and directs. He is a licensed clinical social worker and works as a psychotherapist for Alliance Healthcare Services.
  • Bob Klyce

    Actor

    Bob Klyce studied drama in NYC, and has been acting most of his life. A PhD candidate at the University of Toronto in Philosophy and Theology, he enjoys exploring ways to transpose his academic interests into experimental theatre (he is also a member of Our Own Voice Theatre Troupe) and creative writing. Bob also has a background in science, especially zoology, and is passionate about wildlife and habitat ecology and conservation. Married for 26 years, he and his wife, Christina, have three sons.
  • Holly Lau

    Actor

    Holly Lau is Chair of Theatre & Dance at the University of Memphis. As a choreographer, Lau works to expand the audience for modern dance. Significant works include; Private Words; The Hiding of Anne Frank’s Diary, Grandmas in Tennis Shoes and The Garden of Tranquility. She also reconstructed The Negro Spirituals by Helen Tamiris. Lau has published articles on the politics of race for which she received the Superior Performance in University Research award. In 2012 she was awarded the prestigious Benjamin Rawlins Meritorious Professorship. In 1996 she conceived, designed and implemented an arts-infused education model for an inner-city Memphis school.
  • Giovanna “Gio” López

    Actor

    Giovanna 'Gio' López, is a native Peruvian but spent her adolescence in Costa Rica. She graduated in Costa Rica with a degree in Theatre and a focus in Theatre for Development. She moved to the U.S. in 2005 and the very next year founded the Bilingual Theatre group Cazateatro in Memphis. From 2009 to 2010, Gio had a weekly radio show on Radio Ambiente, a local Hispanic radio station. Her program, called Mujer de Valor, focused on the development of women. Gio has worked at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center since June 2010 and became the Training Director in 2014.
  • Glenda Mace

    Actor

    For the past 35 years, Glenda Mace has been involved in many aspects of theatre. She has performed, directed, taught and produced, been an administrator and a facility manager. Glenda has been a performing member of Playback Memphis since its inception.
  • Joe Murphy

    Actor

    Joe was a professional actor in NYC for 20 years before moving to Memphis with his wife, Virginia. He was an actor with Big Apple Playback Theatre in NYC from 2002-2005. He is currently the director of Music for Aardvarks, Memphis, an interactive children's music program.
  • Virginia Murphy

    Founder & Director

    Virginia is a drama therapist and teacher with over fifteen years experience in education and counseling psychology. A native Memphian, she was also an actor with Big Apple Playback Theatre in NYC from 2002-2005.
  • Portia Owens

    Actor

    Portia began her performing career at the age of 12 when she joined Watoto de Afrika, a local Afro-centric performing arts group. Since then she has studied jazz, modern, and liturgical dance. She is also an elementary school teacher.
  • Wayne Smith

    Actor

    Wayne, primarily a dance artist, is a native of Memphis, TN. Wayne is also an independent professional choreographer and an adjunct instructor at the University of Memphis as well as the University of Mississippi at Oxford, MS.
  • Ann Wallace

    Actor

    Ann Perry Wallace is an actor, writer and proud company member of Playback Memphis. Ann has written several short stories, plays, a children’s book and is currently working on a one-woman show. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from UT Chattanooga. Ann’s other theatre credits include No Niggers No Jews No Dogs, The Trial of One Short Sighted Black Woman vs. Mamie Louise and Safreeta Mae, Blues for an Alabama Sky, From the Mississippi Delta, The Death of the Last Black Man in the Entire World, and Women in Shakespeare. Ann can also be seen in the independent films 100 Lives and The Romance of Loneliness. She is also a wife and mother of three delightful children.
  • Darius Wallace

    Actor

    Darius is an actor, writer, director, and founder of Circle 7 Productions. He began touring his one-man shows around the country through mobile productions which have been seen in forty-eight states. The show Malcolm X received rave reviews by the LA Times and LA Weekly.
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