Practicing with Playback: Non-Judging

Tuesday, May 16, 2023, 11:45am to 1pm

Lunch provided

University of Tennessee Health Science Center
SAC Building, First Floor Auditorium
800 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163

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Join Playback Memphis Ensemble Member Holly Lau to learn how to use the tools of Playback theatre to silence our inner critic.

In our daily lives, it can be difficult to not have an opinion about everything and everyone we encounter. Judgment is everywhere. However, can we suspend judgment at times? Can we see that our opinions are often just products of a habit that we don’t have to reinforce? We’ll answer these questions, and more, in this workshop. We will also consider how we can approach problems we encounter without judgment. You will be led in brief exploratory activities and have the opportunity to participate in reflections about what you learned.

Please note: This is not a performance.

About the facilitator

Holly Lau is a retired professor 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.


Registration for this session is full. To be notified about future opportunities, subscribe to our email list! Registration is free with the support of our partners the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Memphis Medical District Collaborative, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and generous Playback Memphis donors.

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