• Virginia Murphy

    Founder and Executive Director

    Virginia Murphy was born and raised in Memphis and graduated from St. Mary's Episcopal School. She earned a bachelor's degree in Special Education from Boston College and a master's in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. After 10 years of studying and performing Playback theatre in San Francisco and New York City, Virginia Murphy moved back to her hometown of Memphis and founded Playback Memphis. Her education, her experiences as a traveler, her skills as an actor and her deep sense of empathy all combine to make her an excellent “conductor” of each Playback program. Her entrepreneurial mindset and determination combined with her love of Memphis and its people have propelled Playback from an idea to a vibrant enterprise engaged in transformative work.
  • Ozge Kovarik

    Development Coordinator

    Ozge is a tri-lingual Turkish-American citizen with BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, Marmara University of Istanbul as well as a professional MBA, University of Memphis. She was hired as a Management Trainee at Bayer Corporation in Istanbul Turkey before she and her husband moved to Memphis. There she joined the staff of the local TV station WHBQ FOX13 and fulfilled many different positions in her ten years of service including Research Director and Digital Sales Manager. Ozge recently entered into the non-profit world with Playback Memphis as a Development Coordinator. She has fallen in love with playback theater and loves the selfless acts of the non-profit soldiers. In her free time, Ozge enjoys being a soccer mom to her two sons, knitting, crocheting, cooking, reading, and crafting.
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    Mario Hoyle

    Program Assistant

    Mario Hoyle is a Memphis native and a recent graduate of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, majoring in Performing Arts with a minor in communications. He found a passion and love for the arts during his senior year of high school during a chance conversation with the theatre teacher in passing that ended up being a 3-hour exchange! Since then the performing arts has been his focus. He has been performing since 2012 and even served as Vice President of UT Chattanooga’s Alpha Psi Omega theatre organization for two terms. He has since appeared in or worked on several shows like Hedda Gabler, Good Person of Setzuan and By the Way Meet Vera Stark, the latter earning him a nomination for an acting scholarship. Mario is no stranger to Playback. He had been performing with the Chattanooga chapter, which he learned of through a Salvation Army troupe, for two years prior to returning home to join the Playback Memphis family. “I am deeply grateful for the opportunity allowed by Playback to simultaneously hone my acting skills while being a thoughtful contributor to my community and my hometown. I am discovering as much about the experiences of others as I am about myself as a human. I consider myself to be a compassionate person but being a part of Playback enables me to move through this world with deeper compassion.” When he’s not on the Playback stage, you can see him in local productions like Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting at Hattiloo Theatre and in New Moon Theatre’s production of Hamlet. And, ultimately, you may seem him at the helm of his own entertainment and production company!
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Playback Memphis is proud to be supported by Arts Memphis, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the First Tennessee Foundation and the Hyde Family Foundations.
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