Memphis Matters

Memphis Matters audiences connect with the heart of Memphis

Every year Playback Memphis hosts six Memphis Matters public performances which pay forward six Community Matters performances giving hundreds of individuals the healing experience of Playback Theatre.

February 28, 2015 - Playback Memphis - Memphis Matters Performance at TheatreSouth (Photo by Mike Brown)

Whatever role YOU play in the community, Memphis Matters invites you to come and share your experience of living and working in our city. What’s rich and wonderful? What’s complex and challenging?

Seeing these impressions, observations and stories come to life via Playback informs our perceptions of a shared community and focuses our collective civic spirits on the challenges we have in common and the triumphs that makes us all proud.

Don’t have a story to tell? Feel free to participate or simply observe. Playback lifts spirits and heals Memphis — one story at a time.

Community Matters 

Each year, Playback Memphis chooses six non-profit organizations from a pool of applicants to receive a Playback experience (performance or workshop) at a deeply discounted price and to attend a Memphis Matters performance where the Community Matters partner will be featured. Playback is looking for organizations who work with people who have a human imperative for their voices to be heard. And, by working with Playback, they will have a platform to share their voices and have an experience that unlocks healing, transformation and joy.

In this partnership, we offer a performance that will be specifically themed for the partner as well as six complimentary tickets for the partner organization to experience Memphis Matters (2019 dates will be announced soon). We also love highlighting and promoting the good work of our Community Matters partners to our Memphis Matters audiences through performance, social media and word of mouth. We seek to collaborate with partners to foster dialogue, awareness and synergies of mission.

Community Matters experiences can integrate key public health messaging and focus on vital community concerns such as bullying, domestic violence, substance abuse, suicide awareness and teenage pregnancy. Themes can be custom tailored as well. No matter the theme, Playback always brings stories to life in a safe space, helping unlock healing and promoting transformation, and joy.

Thanks to all of our 2018 Community Matters Partners and sponsors! 2019 partners and sponsors will be named soon! 

Your non-profit could apply for next season by clicking here.

Our sponsors for 2018 are:





Tennessee Arts Commission
Arts Memphis
First TN Foundation
Plough Foundation
Briggs Foundation
Assisi Foundation

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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