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2024 WINTER - SPRING - SUMMER COURSE OFFERINGS

NYSPT courses have been designed to provide a broad range of instruction to reflect the needs, backgrounds and interests of our students. New this year, all of our courses are on sliding scale pricing. NYSPT courses work in compliance with the Centre for Playback Theatre's course curriculum. 
All Instructors are Accredited Playback Theatre Trainers.


   
Before enrolling, please check the course prerequisites below.

January 19-22, 2024

Online

Sliding Scale Pricing

$595-$300 USD

Core Training

Hannah Fox

Come learn the foundational principles, forms, applications of Playback Theatre! In this four-day intensive, you will 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.

March 2, 9, 10, 16, 17, 2024

Online

Sliding Scale Pricing

$420-$320 USD

Advanced Conducting

 

Randy Mulder & Synne Platander

Advanced Conducting is an opportunity for the experienced conductor, to delve deeper into this delicate and complex role. The course will focus on the warm-up phase and the use of sociometry, conducting the primary forms (short and long), eliciting stories from the audience and interviewing the teller, dealing with challenging situations and different kinds of tellers. We will also pay attention to the emerging connection between stories, learning to implement the attributes of Narrative Reticulation to increase the efficacy of the performance. Basic techniques of trauma-informed conducting will also be included.
 
Students can bring specific conducting questions and challenges to the group and will have ample opportunities to practice and learn from each other, supported by the wisdom and guidance of two senior Accredited Playback Theatre Trainers. The fourth session (out of five) will include an online performance, giving an opportunity to try out new learning and reflect on it as a group. 
 
The course will focus on skills needed for both in-person and online Conducting. For leadership graduates, the course hours can be counted as supervision. 
 
Prerequisites: At a minimum, Core Training, Conducting courses, and at least one year of practical conducting experience using Playback in the community in-person or online.

June 29 - July 2, 2024

Sliding Scale Pricing

$625-$450 USD

Core Training

 

Randy Mulder

Come learn the foundational principles, forms, applications of Playback Theatre! In this four-day intensive, you will 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 3 - 6, 2024

Sliding Scale Pricing

$725-$500 USD

Active Conducting

 

Hannah Fox

Advanced Conducting is an opportunity for the experienced conductor to delve deeper into this delicate and complex role. The course will focus on the warmup phase and the use of sociometry, conducting the primary forms (short and long), eliciting stories from the audience and interviewing the teller, dealing with challenging tellers, and how to pay attention to the emerging connection between stories. Learning to implement the attributes of Narrative Reticulation to increase the efficacy of the performance and gaining exposure to basic techniques of trauma-informed conducting will also be included. Students can bring specific conducting questions and challenges to the group and will have ample opportunities to practice. This course will focus on skills needed for both in-person and online Conducting.

Prerequisite: Core Training or equivalent*

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

July 7 & 8, 2024

Sliding Scale Pricing

$350-$250 USD

The Art of Playback Acting & Performance

 

Sarah Urech + guests

Playback Theatre acting is unique: we work in both literal and abstract realms; we train to be improv actors and deep listeners; we strive to be articulate in our bodies and voices; and we endeavor to make both bold and nuanced choices on stage. In this 2 ½ day workshop, we will hone the art of Playback acting, focusing on both short forms and the long Story form. We will engage our spontaneity to access presence, expressiveness, and a sense of freedom, balanced with the collective responsibility to reflect the story as it is told. We’ll learn the particular tasks of the teller’s actor and the “ninja” or auxiliary actors and practice essential skills of saying “yes” to offers, drawing on metaphor, bringing in the social dimension, and uncovering the heart of the story.

 

Prerequisite: Core Training or equivalent*

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

July 9 & 10, 2024

Sliding Scale Pricing

$400-$300 USD

The Heart of the Playback Method: Long-Story Form

 

Jonathan Fox

Perhaps some of Playback's new narrative forms are easier to work with, but nothing replaces the original long-story form in its richness, complexity, and impact. Are you using the full power of the long-story form in your Playback work? Do you work on its important elements--conductor's interview, ritualized setting-up, improvised enactment, including ensemble acting, and acknowledgment? In this short workshop Playback Theatre's co-founder will teach you how to up your game - and your performances - with long-story enactments.

 

Prerequisite: Core Training or equivalent*

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

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