Improvising Real Life: Personal Story in Playback Theatre


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Tusitala Publishing
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6.0 X 0.46 X 9.0 inches | 0.66 pounds

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About the Author

JO SALAS is the cofounder of Playback Theatre and the founder of Hudson River Playback Theatre. She graduated from Victoria Uni¬versity in Wellington, New Zealand with a BA in English literature, and from New York University with an MA in music therapy. Jo has taught Playback Theatre workshops in 27 countries and was a key¬note 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 the books Improvising Real Life: Personal Story in Playback Theatre, now published in ten languages and a 20th anniversary edition, and Do My Story, Sing My Song: Music Therapy and Playback Theatre with Troubled Children. She co-edited the bilingual publication Half of My Heart/La Mitad de Mi Corazón: True Stories Told by Immigrants. She has also published short stories and a novel, Dancing with Diana.


"This is a must-read book not only for theatre artists, but for educators and social service professionals interested in the arts as a tool toward both self-expression and community building. Playback Theatre is immediate and accessible theatre, formal yet intimate, and extremely adaptable to different contexts."

Mady Schutzman, Co-editor, Playing Boal: Theatre, Therapy, Activism.

"Readers concerned with story and theatre will find much of interest in this clearly and simply written account, which combines some of the elements of a how-to manual with reflection and theory."


"A basic operating manual for anyone who works with expressive therapies, role play, storytelling. Jo Salas's language is as direct and evocative as a Playback Theatre episode. Study this book, use it!"

Robin Larsen, PhD, co-author, A Fire in the Mind: The Life of Joseph Campbell.