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The Art of Playback Acting & Performance

Instructor: Sarah Urech + guests

July 6 & 7*, 2024 REVISED DATES

9:30am - 4:30pm ET + evening class on July 6

Level 2 Course


*July 6 and 7th will be taught concurrently with the Conducting course, which means Acting students will focus on the actor's role and the conducting students on the conductor's role.  For those students enrolled in both, you will have chances to practice and receive feedback in both roles.

These two days will be co-taught by Hannah Fox and Sarah Urech.  


Boughton Place

150 Kisor Road

Highland, NY 12528


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


Course registration is a 2-step process.   

1.  Payment of course

2.  Submission of Student Information form. Available here

NYSPT will confirm registration after both of these steps have been completed.



Limited housing is available at Boughton Place.  More information on reserving accommodations, other housing options, and travel guidelines are available here.

The Art of Playback Acting & Performance (Summer 2024)

  • Sliding Scale Pricing is offered in hopes of providing greater access to people with varying resources.  The financial viability of producing this course, which includes space rental, supplies, instructor salary, and scholarships, is based on people paying what they can.  If you can afford more, please pay the higher price.  

    Choose your payment option (regular or deposit) from the drop-down menu above. Scroll down to view all options.

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