Playback Theater


Playback – Inclusive Community Improvisation

Improvisational storytelling for the whole community!

To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily.  To not dare is to lose oneself.

~Soren Kierkegaard

Photo by Thomas Valentine

*Rediscover how to play *Balance your work-life with expressive fun *Learn how to bring your introverted self out into community
*Free yourself from inhibitions – celebrate mistakes
*Expand your cross-cultural competency and learn to serve community conversation
*No experience necessary

Playback’s improvisational theatrical structures help participants access their performance strengths and learn to play back, on-the-spot, stories told by an audience.  Playback is unique in that it draws equally from the performer’s ability to playfully engage both their creativity and their empathy to tell a story not only of humor, but of depth and passion.

INTRODUCTION TO PLAYBACK: Inclusive Community Improv
Improvisational acting requires us to be in our bodies, let go of the critical mind, and say yes to the unknown.  It is important training for all performers, and helpful to anyone opening themselves to the creative process.  In this course, participants learn the basics of Playback theater and how to use playback to listen across difference.  In this class we will develop not only the technical skills related to improv but develop our cultural competency to tell stories from a wide range of cultural and identity experiences.
(This class is introvert friendly)
When: Monday, Oct 8th-Dec 3rd (no Class Thanksgiving week) 6-8:30pm
Where: The Boulder Circus Center
Cost: $225 (Barter and Scholarships Available)

INTERMEDIATE PLAYBACK: Inclusive Community Improv
Develop the skills necessary to artfully negotiate a Playback Story while learning the cultural competency to tell stories from various cultural and identity perspectives.  We will focus on story editing, building dramatic tension,and non-narrative storytelling technique.  This class will end in a public performance.
When: Sunday, Oct 7th-Dec 9th (no Class on Oct 28th or Nov 25th) 6-8:30pm
Where: The Boulder Circus Center
Cost: $225 (Barter  Available)

Registration and Information:
To Reserve You Spot Send Your check to:

Kirsten Wilson
4519 8th Street, Unit C
Boulder, CO 80304

For Information:
Phone: 303-440-3682

Kirsten Wilson and Playback:

Kirsten has been teaching Playback theater professionally for over a 15 years.  She is the artistic director of Motus Theater and leads social justice Playback performances. She has trained with Playback founders Jonathan Fox and is versed in traditional Playback forms as well as creative extensions of the work.  She taught Playback theater at Bard College with founding Playback company member Judy Swallow.  She currently performs with Playback Theater West and has been a performing member of Big Apple Playback with Hannah Fox and Community Playback Theater.