Calling artists, dancers, actors, musicians and curious-seekers of all art-forms:

Playback Memphis is hosting auditions for a new generation of professional ensemble members. 

Are you seeking to grow yourself as an artist and human being in a context that is supportive? If so, JOIN us for upcoming open auditions, Tuesday, March 8th 5:30-8:30pm at Playback Memphis’ studio in First Congregational Church (1000 South Cooper, Memphis,TN). 

Playback Memphis is an intentionally diverse, inclusive community of improvisational artists, unparalleled in the Mid-South region. We use the practice of Playback theatre to nurture our own growth and well-being and to build a more aware, compassionate and just Memphis.

Playback Memphis is proud to be a paid professional ensemble. We provide robust artistic and professional development, as well as mentorship for our artists who build a rich culture of transformative learning together within a healthy, caring community.  

Please note, you do not need professional acting experience to audition, but an appetite for creativity as a means to transformation is strongly encouraged. All skill levels welcome. We especially encourage people of color, LGBTQ, bilingual and differently abled individuals to audition.

 If invited into the ensemble, you will participate in six-weekly training sessions led by current ensemble members. You must be available for at least 5 of the 6 sessions. 

NOTE: Please use the form to the right to register to audition

Organizational Overview:

Founded in 2008, Playback Memphis’ mission is to bring stories to life in a safe space to unlock healing, transformation, and joy. Playback Memphis trains and employs professional artists and facilitators to use the unique art form of Playback Theatre to engage diverse groups of people in a variety of settings. Playback Theatre is a healing, restorative practice that emphasizes deep and empathic listening to a community member who shares a personal experience or story. Through improvisational, embodied storytelling, ritual and music, that person’s story is given a voice, their humanity affirmed.  Playback staff also employ a variety of mindfulness practices and experiential learning tools to create a process of shared exploration where people and organizations can nurture integrity and cultivate the courage to act on their core values and purpose.  

Our core programs engage 2,000+ individuals per year and have evolved organically from the voices, stories, and dreams of community members. 

Equal Employment Commitment:

Playback Memphis is committed to promoting an inclusive and equitable work environment that welcomes and values diversity as a guiding principle of all our work. Playback is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate. We consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion (creed), gender, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or any other basis made unlawful by applicable federal, state, or local laws or regulations.

Learn More About Playback Memphis: 

Learn more about our story.

Meet our current Ensemble Members. 

Watch us bring stories to life using audience inspired improvisation. 

Tennessee Arts Commission
Arts Memphis

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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