Our Story

This is how it happened

In 2006, after 10 years of studying and performing Playback Theatre in San Francisco and New York City, Virginia Reed Murphy returned home to Memphis to teach Playback theatre and build a professional company.


After three years of training and development, the first Memphis Matters performance debuted at TheatreSouth in 2009. Be the Peace!, Playback Memphis’ anti-bullying program for schools, was launched in 2011. In 2012 Playback Memphis was one of six companies selected to perform at the North American Playback Theatre Festival in Washington DC, selected from a field of more than 75 companies. Virginia regularly attends trainings at the Playback Centre in New York City.

Playback Theatre

Playback Memphis is part of a longstanding international organization that supports Playback theatre companies in over 60 countries around the world. Playback Memphis is recognized nationally as a leading model in Playback theatre.
In 2011, Playback Memphis’ work in the community was highlighted on SIRIUS Radio’s nationally syndicated Bob Edwards show in a piece featuring Jonathon Fox, creator and founder of the Playback model.


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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