Founder and Executive DirectorVirginia 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.
Development CoordinatorOzge 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.
Program ManagerAnn 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.
Communications DirectorJeff, originally from Chicago, Illinois, has a BA in Journalism with a concentration in Advertising from the University of Memphis. He's a musician in several local bands including Me & Leah, Snowglobe and Glorie and loves all things Memphis and Memphis music. He bleeds blue for his Tigers and roars with his Grizzlies, but he still has many loyalties from his times up north, but most especially the Cubs. Jeff lives in midtown with his beautiful wife, Annie, and two daughters, Ella and Beatrice. He loves spending time with family, playing music, playing sports and promoting Memphis as a great place to live, work and play. Jeff spent nine years working in communications at Church Health and is co-founder of their annual benefit concert Rock for Love. He also enjoyed a brief stint promoting all things Memphis for the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau. Besides working with Playback Memphis, Jeff also does freelance PR and consulting for Room in the Inn - Memphis, Church Health, BLDG Memphis and more. As Jeff would say, Playback Memphis has gotten into his bones. He looks forward to helping us grow our circle and gain more visibility for our mission and work.
Director of Grants and OperationsKristin Fox-Trautman has 20+ years of experience working within and on behalf of Memphis-based non-profit organizations where she cultivated skills in strategic planning, grant writing and compliance, budget planning & management, staff training and team building, program evaluation design & implementation, program design, experiential education, event planning and cross-cultural community building. For over 7 years, Kristin served as a Vice President for BRIDGES where she led a team of 10+ full-time and 40+ part-time staff and AmeriCorps members who engaged 5,000+ youth annually. She received her BA from Rhodes College and her MA in Urban Anthropology from University of Memphis. Kristin has been doing project-based work with Playback Memphis for the past 2 years, and she is thrilled to be joining the team in a fuller capacity as the Director of Grants and Operations.
Program DirectorLeslie 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.