ONLINE COURSE OFFERINGS

NYSPT courses have been designed to provide a broad range of instruction to reflect the needs, backgrounds and interests of our students. We offer discounts which can be found when you register for courses. NYSPT courses work in compliance with the Centre for Playback Theatre's course curriculum. 

In response to COVID-19, all courses scheduled through May 2022 are online.  Beginning in July, our summer courses are in person with the appropriate safety protocols in place.    

Before enrolling, please check the course prerequisites below.

February 19-21,25-27, 2022

Online

$645 USD

Conducting the Story, The Group, and the Event

Randy Mulder

A skillful conductor knows how to bring out the important stories that are waiting to be heard in all their richness and wisdom. In this workshop, for both new and experienced Playback Theatre conductors, we will explore the many facets of this demanding role, including how to to listen for the heart of the story and explore the resonances within the audience. We'll consider the importance of language, the potency of silence, honoring the Playback ritual, and how to create an inclusive space for dialogue, which includes the art of warming up the audience. We¹ll also be telling our own stories, acting, and playing music.

Prerequisite:  Core Training or equivalent*

*One year with an active company or 40 hours of practice

March 18-20, 2022

Online

$325 USD

What the Stories Tell          

Jonathan Fox

In this intermediate-level course we will work in a practical way on highlighting images, embodying fuzzy meanings, hearing the unsaid in tellers' stories, and articulating effective launching phrases. We will also experience the Listening Hour and its challenge of the reprise, which is an extended launching phrase, where the conductor/guide recaps in a poetic way all the stories told.

This is the second course iteration and will focus on practical applications.

Prerequisites: Core Training and Conducting

April  22,23,24, 2022

Online

$325 USD

The Art of Online Playback

Hannah Fox with Radhika Jain

The recent transition from in-person to virtual Playback Theatre training and performance has brought broader access to a global audience and, at the same time, has presented complexities both artistically and with the Playback ritual. There are also some fun perks with online Playback such using props and environments in your acting. In this workshop, participants will delve into the new skills Playback practitioners need to be able to tell and Playback personal stories online succeessfully. For those Playback companies and pracitioners who have not yet made leap into the virtual world, this workshop is for you!

 

Prerequisite:  Core Training or equivalent*

*One year with an active company or 40 hours of practice

April 29,30, May 1

May 13-15, 2022

 Online

$700 USD

Advanced Practice

Jo Salas

This five-day course is designed to bring your knowledge and practical skills to the level needed for Playback Theatre Leadership, or simply to do your work well. We will pay careful attention to advanced issues in conducting and acting, with time to practice each of these roles, as well as music (both playing and teaching music). Conducting practice will include the subtle art of warming up any audience so they are ready to tell stories; choosing forms; and embracing stories that may not be easy to tell. We’ll also explore other topics such as recruiting and training company members, the practical issues that come up in running a group, and our social responsibility as practitioners. Participants are welcome to come with specific questions from your own Playback Theatre work. 

Prerequisites: At minimum Core Training, Conducting, and at least one year of practical experience using Playback in the community. 

July 1-4, 2022

In-Person

Sliding Scale Pricing

$595-$250 USD

Core Training

Randy Mulder

Getting a strong start in Playback Theatre means taking enough time to immerse yourself in the rich atmosphere and dynamics of the Playback experience. In this four-day intensive, you’ll learn the basics with lots of opportunities to practice. The fundamental Playback forms will be taught—fluid sculptures, pairs, stories, tableau and more. Each student will have a chance to try the roles of conductor and musician as well as actor. Everyone will tell and enact stories together, in the spirit of fun and fellowship. Designed for new and relatively new students. 

July 5-8, 2022

In-Person

$645 USD

Conducting the Story, The Group, and the Event

Jo Salas

A skillful conductor knows how to bring out the important stories that are waiting to be heard in all their richness and wisdom. In this workshop, for both new and experienced Playback Theatre conductors, we will explore the many facets of this demanding role, including how to to listen for the heart of the story and explore the resonances within the audience. We'll consider the importance of language, the potency of silence, honoring the Playback ritual, and how to create an inclusive space for dialogue, which includes the art of warming up the audience. We¹ll also be telling our own stories, acting, and playing music.

Prerequisite:  Core Training or equivalent*

*One year with an active company or 40 hours of practice

July 9,10, 2022

In-Person

$300 USD

The Mysterious Link: Music and Playback Theatre

Tim Van Ness

In this workshop students will explore how music plays multiple roles and is the mysterious link between all dimensions of great Playback Theatre. What are the essential components of playing effective music for Playback even if you're not an expert musician? How can we listen for the music that binds a story or short form together? We will get to know the instruments; experiment with the simple ways our voices have a powerful impact; explore how music affects the actions of the actors and emotional landscape of the story; and discover music's role in the ritual dimension of good Playback Theatre. This course will also provide teaching concepts and techniques for company leaders and teachers who need to guide Playback musicians but are not musicians themselves. Please bring your favorite instrument(s)! We may also find evening time to jam together at the fire circle! 

All levels of musical experience are welcome.

Prerequisites: Core Training or equivalent*

*One year with an active company or 40 hours of practice 

July 11-13, 2022

In-Person

$400 USD

Danceback! Moving & EmBODYing Stories Post-Pandemic

Hannah Fox 

Come join Hannah as we celebrate our bodies and practice Playback together again as a physical theatre troupe on stage. After two years of isolation stuck inside Zoom boxes, this course will focus on awakening and healing the body, as well as connecting with each other again through movement, yoga, sound, and dancing back our stories. We will use the time together to rebuild our ensemble techniques and will focus our storytelling on our internal and external experiences over the past two years. No formal dance training necessary; open to movers of all abilities!

 

Prerequisite:  Core Training or equivalent*

*One year with an active company or 40 hours of practice

This course fulfills the acting requirement outlined in the curriculum pathway of the Centre for Playback Theatre.

July 14,15, 2022

In-Person

$325 USD

Essential Playback Theatre

Jonathan Fox

IIn this two-day course, you can experience the values and teaching style of co-founder Jonathan Fox as we enact our stories together. It is a rare chance to learn about Jonathan's approach to acting, conducting, inclusivity, and narrative reticulation.

Prerequisites: Core Training or equivalent*

*One year with an active company or 40 hours of practice

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