• 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.
  • Ann Wallace

    Program Manager

    Ann Perry Wallace is an actor, writer and proud company member of Playback Memphis. Ann has written several short stories, plays, a children’s book and is currently working on a one-woman show. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from UT Chattanooga. Ann’s other theatre credits include No Niggers No Jews No Dogs, The Trial of One Short Sighted Black Woman vs. Mamie Louise and Safreeta Mae, Blues for an Alabama Sky, From the Mississippi Delta, The Death of the Last Black Man in the Entire World, and Women in Shakespeare. Ann can also be seen in the independent films 100 Lives and The Romance of Loneliness. She is also a wife and mother of three delightful children.
  • Leslie Jones

    Program Director

    Leslie Jones is a practitioner and an instructor of expressive arts, acting, film and theatre production. She received formal training from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in England before obtaining an MBA with a central focus in entertainment. In addition to her passion and belief of creative youth development, Leslie brings to Playback Memphis her experience as a production/stage manager, director, wardrobe designer and sfx makeup artist. A few of her credits include FBI Takedown, Ice Cold Killers, God’s and Generals and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
  • Braden Hixson

    Director of Development and Communications

    Braden Hixson is an artist, writer, and fundraiser from Memphis, TN. He received his BFA in Photography from Memphis College of Art in 2014 before working at the Brooks Museum for six years in the Development office. Braden is Playback Memphis' first Director of Development and Communications, but you might remember him from previous shows! Braden has volunteered with Playback since college and is thrilled to work at an organization he has loved for years.
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