Jonathan is the co-founder of Playback Theatre and was artistic director of the original Playback Theatre Company from its inception in 1975. From 1993 until 2010 he was director of the Centre for Playback Theatre in New York. He is the author of Acts of Service: Spontaneity, Commitment, Tradition in the Nonscripted Theatre and Beyond Theatre: a playback theatre memoir; the editor of The Essential Moreno: Writings on Spontaneity, Psychodrama and Group Method; and co-editor of Gathering Voices: Essays on Playback Theatre.
Jo is the co-founder of Playback Theatre and the founder of Hudson River Playback Theatre in upstate New York. She has taught Playback Theatre workshops in 27 countries and was a keynote speaker at the academic symposiums on Playback Theatre held at the University of Kassel, Germany, and Arizona State University. Jo’s publications on Playback Theatre include numerous articles, contributions to anthologies, a TEDx talk “Everyone has a story,” and two books: Improvising Real Life: Personal Story in Playback Theatre, now published in eight languages, and Do My Story, Sing My Song: Music therapy and Playback Theatre with troubled children. She also co-edited the bilingual publication Half of My Heart/La Mitad de Mi Corazón: True stories told by immigrants.
Hannah Fox, M.A., APPT, RYT, is an international applied theatre trainer, co-director of the New York School of Playback Theatre and founder of Big Apple Playback Theatre in NYC. Hannah has a special interest in using theatre and performance as a tool for promoting social justice. This past year Hannah has logged in over 100 hours teaching and performing Playback online and is hopeful about this adaptation of the form. Hannah is the daughter of the founders of Playback Theatre, and author of Zoomy Zoomy: Improv Games and Exercises for Groups, as well as numerous other scholarly publications about Playback Theatre. Hannah is the proud mom of a spunky 8 year-old named Rio who keeps her on her toes.
Randy is the artistic director and co-founder of Village Playback Theatre in New York City, and co-director of the New York School of Playback Theatre. He is on faculty at Kansas State University School of Music, Theatre and Dance. He teaches drama therapy and Playback Theatre locally and internationally. As an actor, Randy has toured across the United States. He has extensive experience working as a liturgical musician throughout NYC. Randy is passionate about using the arts, wellness, ritual, and personal storytelling to empower individuals and strengthen communities and businesses.
Dr. Leticia Nieto has been working for three decades with service providers in helping agencies, community groups, and learning communities. She is a Professor in the Master of Arts in Counseling program at Saint Martin’s University where has been recipient of the Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award. As a therapist and teacher, she applies her background in human development to anti-oppression education. She specializes in Playback Theatre, Theater of the Oppressed and is a certified Psychodrama Trainer, Educator, and Practitioner (TEP). Her book, Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment: A Developmental Strategy to Liberate Everyone, analyzes the psychological dynamics of privilege and oppression. It offers readers ways to develop skills to promote social justice. She shares those ideas with groups in the Northwest and Internationally. Leticia loves to sing.
Mizuho is a Japanese native, living in the U.S. for over 28 years. She studied acting at Mary Baldwin College, Marymount Manhattan College, and HB Studio. From 2002-2006, she served as the artistic director for Sakura Playback Theater in NYC and has taught a variety of improvisational theater workshops at various organizations, after school programs, and graduate programs. Mizuho was a member of Big Apple Playback Theater for 18 years where she served a co-artistic director in her final two years. She is a graduate of NYU drama therapy MA program and currently has a private practice as a psychotherapist with adults and inter-racial/ intercultural couples. Mizuho loves cooking and making green tea every morning. www.dramaforhealing.com
RICARDO PEREZ GONZALEZ
Ricardo Pérez González (MFA NYU Tisch) is a loudass maricón with bacalao on his breath and salsa on his hips. A writer for stage, film, and TV, he has been a playback practitioner since 2005, when he joined Big Apple Playback Theatre founded by Hannah Fox. He trained under Hannah before becoming Artistic Director of BAPT in 2016. He currently serves as Co-Artistic Director of BAPT, and is a member of Oakland Freedom Theater, and LA Playback. He has taught at Harvard, Pomona, NYU, and conferences in the U.S. and abroad, and has served as an EDI consultant for various organizations, including Google, Be The Change, and the British Consulate. www.ricardoperezgonzalez.com
Ann Belmont is a freelance musician. She’s played in Off-Broadway shows, as a sideman and a solo performer. She’s taught guitar and bass, been music director of a church, and led a choir. Ann has MA in composition from City College in NY and has written pieces for singers and jazz orchestras. She played with Jo Salas and Jonathan Fox in the original company in the 70’s. After a hiatus of many years and while living in NYC, she was “born again” as a musician for the Big Apple Playback company, and, coming full circle, now lives in Kerhokson and works with Hudson River Playback.
Rosalyn is the executive director of a children's advocacy and rape crisis center. She has thirty years of experience teaching and serving individuals, organizations, and universities in the areas of leadership, organizational change, sexual violence, child abuse, teen pregnancy, and violence prevention. Rosalyn utilizes the arts to create healing experiences, expose and remedy injustices, incite dialogue, and inspire action while disrupting the status quo. As founder and artistic director of Act Up Drama, Inc., an applied theater center located in South Carolina, she provides classes and programs in Playback Theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed, Drama Therapy and traditional theatre.