Daring to Dream

Growing an Organization to Support Your Playback Work

Do you long to share the practice of Playback theatre to spark change around an issue you are passionate about?

As Playback artist/practitioners, many of us are also passionate dreamers.Whether you are longing to simply build a Playback community of practice in the place that you live or imagining building a company to change the world (no shortage of need there!) , this workshop is for YOU!

Please join us (Playback Memphis ensemble and staff) as we seek to inspire, motivate, and orient you to what’s possible when you commit to your Playback dream. Expect to:

  • Be inspired by impact stories from Playback Memphis staff, ensemble, and community partners
  • Discover the power of vision and values in building core programming
  • Find ways to garner the support you need
  • Explore how to build a healing narrative as you grow your work
  • Connect with the heart of your dream!

Playback Memphis is a relationship centered, justice-centric organization. We invest in growing grassroots Playback leaders who share and build a culture of safety, kinship, and hope within their communities, which ripples out across sectors in schools, police departments, hospitals, businesses, and non-profits. Playback Memphis enables this culture by bringing stories to life in a safe space to unlock healing, transformation, and joy. Our vision is born out of 12 years of listening for understanding and responding in creative, generative ways to the needs of community members.

A feature length documentary film about our bridge building work with formerly incarcerated individuals and police officers will premiere in 2021. In the midst of all that is uncertain, unsettling, and genuinely distressing in our world, we are excited to embark on a new dream of putting Playback Memphis on the map as a national model for the transformative power of Applied Playback Theatre for social healing and civic practice. It is our greatest honor to live in the widening circle of Playback theatre visionaries. We are grateful beyond measure for what has been passed down to us by Jonathan Fox, Jo Salas, and many other Playback theatre pioneers.

Tennessee Arts Commission
Arts Memphis
First TN Foundation
Plough Foundation
Briggs Foundation
Assisi Foundation

Playback Memphis is proud to be supported by Arts Memphis, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the First Tennessee Foundation, the Plough Foundation, the Thomas W. Briggs Foundation, and the Assisi Foundation of Memphis
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