Presented by: Sarah Halley, Pamela Freeman and Playback for Change Theatre Company

pamsarahPlayback Theatre is improvisational theatre that uses audience members' real life stories for the content. The performance is spontaneous - it is theater created through a unique collaboration between performers and audience. Someone from the audience shares a story or moment from their life, chooses actors to play the different roles, then watches as their story is immediately recreated on “stage.”

Artistically we weave together spoken word, dance, music, storytelling, and physical theater in an improvisational form that can be serious, deeply moving, and often hilarious.

A Playback Theatre event is more than just a performance. It is also a community forum, a place to "polylogue," to explore the relationship between the personal and the political, between the individual and the collective. It provides the opportunity to hear and be heard, to recognize how we are similar, how we are different, and to see our lives on stage.

Small Group Conversations:
Following the performance, the actors and facilitators will mix in with the audience in small groups to discuss responses to the performance. GTIP Board, Supervisors and Faculty will participate as we continue on our journey to more clearly see how white supremacy impacts us all. After the For My People fundraiser and our workshop Ethical Considerations in the Field: A Gestalt Therapy Approach to Discussing Race, we received requests from participants for more opportunities to engage together in growth inducing conversations.


CEUS: 2 | $20
HOURS:2:30 pm Registration; 3 – 5 pm
DATE: Saturday, June 8
LOCATION: Arch Street Meeting House
                    320 Arch St. | Philadelphia, PA 19106

Playback for Change, located in Philadelphia, PA, is a multi-racial, improvisational theater company dedicated to using Playback Theatre as a vehicle for social change. Our mission is to provide performances and workshops for communities, schools, non-profits, and organizations, using Playback Theatre to help individuals and groups gain insight, understanding, and skills to create more just and inclusive communities.

At the end of the performance participants will:

• Understand the need for self examination when it is, at times, more comfortable to withdraw
• Learn how to stay engaged with others in difficult conversations and how to promote racial equity
• Understand more deeply how "the personal is political," and how individual therapy should be grounded in social justice work.


Pamela Freeman and Sarah Halley work with organizations and communities to develop programming to meet their needs, using experiential activities, storytelling, and playback theatre. Their expertise is in community building, helping groups to become more aware of and skillful in addressing differences, so they are more inclusive and welcoming of all people.

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CEUs (2):
This session is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research for a maximum of 2 credit hours. Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR, as a CSWE accredited School of Social Work, is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers in PA and many other states.
GTIP is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology to offer 2 hours of continuing education for psychologists. GTIP maintains responsibility for the program. The Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology requires Psychology workshop participants to furnish their license number to receive a certificate of attendance.