Everyone has a story
Playback theatre creates space for people to experience a high level of connectivity, communication, and empathy through the act of storytelling.
A Playback Memphis performance is a unique collaboration — someone from the audience shares a personal story or moment and then watches as a team of professional actors and musicians bring it to life on the spot using movement, music, metaphor, and spoken improvisation. The experience is lively and robust with ample space for reflection and laughter.
The unique, imaginative experience of Playback theatre lies at the intersection of art, community and transformation in Memphis. Explore our regular programs:
Our annual six-show performance series that invites members of the public to share and witness stories brought to life on stage
Community Matters Partnership Program
Our annual scholarship program supporting a Playback performance or workshop at six local nonprofits committed to strengthening community well-being and centering the voices, stories, and wisdom of marginalized peoples.
Practicing with Playback
Our ensemble-led workshops that teach participants how the tools of Playback theatre can be applied to enriching the values of gratitude, curiosity, non-judging, trust, and humor in everyone’s lives