Practicing with Playback: Non-Judging

Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 11:45am to 1pm

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

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When you look back at this time, what will you remember about how you chose to be? Discover Playback wisdom and tools that will help enhance wellness and resiliency in your personal or professional life.

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 is offered on a sliding scale from $5 – $15. Please reach out to Adriane Hall at [email protected] if you cannot afford the registration fee. Fees help support our facilitators.

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More Practicing with Playback

Interested in exploring the values of gratitude, curiosity, trust, or humor? Check out all of our spring sessions!

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