The core faculty are accredited trainers with the Centre for Playback Theatre. This means that we are recognised as upholding the values of Playback Theatre and that we abide by the CPT Code of Ethics for Trainers.
Anna Chesner is co-director of the London Centre for Psychodrama Group and Individual Psychotherapy where she trains new psychotherapists and runs the Creative Supervision Diploma course for psychotherapists, counsellors and coaches. Trained as a dramatherapist, psychodrama psychotherapist and group analyst she is also a playback theatre leader and founder member of London Playback Theatre. She runs regular training courses in playback theatre in Switzerland and Germany. She contributes to the dramatherapy programme at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and consults to the Cawley Centre, Maudsley Hospital London. She is widely published in the field of supervision and creative group work including her chapter Playback Theatre and Group Communication in Creative Advances in Groupwork eds Chesner A and Hahn H, JKP Publishers London 2002.
Simon Floodgate is a lecturer at the Institute of Education and programme director of Theatre Arts, Education and Deaf Studies at the University of Reading. He has been a theatre professional for many years - highly experienced in Theatre-in-Education work and Forum Theatre. A graduate of the School of Playback Theatre (NY, USA), he is an associate of London Playback Theatre & Practitioner Member of the International Playback Theatre Network. He has recently retired as editor of the IPTN Journal.
Veronica Needa has been a playback practitioner since 1991. A graduate of the School of Playback Theatre (1995) and past President of the International Playback Theatre Network (1997-2003), she established the School of Playback Theatre UK in 2006, and teaches internationally sharing her passion and experience in Playback Theatre. She is Artistic director of True Heart Theatre, & Founder-member of London Playback Theatre. She recently retired from the Board of the Centre for Playback Theatre, and was Chair of their Affiliate Schools & International Programming committees.
Anna, Simon and Veronica are all directors of the School of Playback Theatre UK and Accredited Playback Theatre Trainers.
The School of Playback Theatre UK faculty also includes...
Based in Totnes, Devon, Playback Theatre South West is directed by Amanda Brown and Alison Fairlove, both experienced Playback Theatre practitioners and Accredited Playback Theatre Trainers. Amanda has a background in choreography and education. Alison has a background in counselling and theatre in education. Since 2001 they have established a range of Playback Theatre training events alongside two performance companies: Mirror Mirror and Tarte Noire.
SPT UK Guest faculty includes...
Di Adderley is a founder member of Playback Theatre Manchester (1992) and was also a member of York Playback Theatre from 1992–2015. She graduated from the Centre of Playback Theatre (NY, USA) in 2004 and became an Accredited Playback Theatre Trainer in 2017. Di’s first career was as a professional actor/musician for over 20 years. She then retrained as a psychodramatist and sociodramatist. She brings all of this experience to her continuing playback work, performing as conductor, actor and musician in many different contexts, and facilitating training in the UK and internationally.
Aviva Apel-Rosenthal is the founder, conductor and artistic director of PLAYLIFE - Playback Company in Tel Aviv, Israel since 1991, and past-President of IPTN, the International Playback Theatre Network. She has been an actress, theatre director, and now for many years she is teaching and training playback internationally. Together with Nurit Shoshan she is a Director and leading teacher of the Israeli School of Playback Theatre which is affiliated with the Centre of Playback Theatre in NY,USA. She has a BA in Theatre Studies, an MA in Gender and Arts Studies, and Diploma in Arts therapy. She is an Accredited Playback Theatre Trainer.
Aviva says "Playback Theatre is a contemporary theatre and multidisciplinary art form - for healing, social change as well as entertainment."
Andrew Gray is a passionate believer in the power of story and the honour and gift given to an actor in bringing stories to life. He is the former Artistic Director of Melbourne Playback Theatre with over 20 years of Playback experience. Andrew has worked extensively across educational, community and corporate settings and has taught acting and performance skills at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) ad the National Theatre Drama School in Melbourne. Andrew's teaching philosophy explores balancing fun & pleasure with the rigour & discipline of creating absorbing theatre. Recently arrived to make his new home in the UK, we welcome Andrew to these shores and look forward to him sharing his experience and skills with us all.
Agnes Law had her first experience in Playback Theatre with Bev Hosking and Christian Penny at the New Zealand Summer School and created the first Playback Theatre company in Singapore, her original home - Tapestry Playback Theatre. She graduated from the Centre for Playback Theatre (NY, USA) in 2005, and has since made her home in London. She is a registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist and previously was a social worker running school-based counselling with children and teenagers with learning and emotional needs. As well as English, she speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. She is Associate Director of True Heart Theatre which serves the UK Chinese Community with Playback Theatre and is an Accredited Playback Theatre Trainer.
Steve Nash is a founder member of York Playback Theatre which began in 1991. In 2014 he started a new company in his hometown of Newcastle upon Tyne. He has performed as a Playback musician for many years in the UK and abroad, and he is committed to developing the contribution of music and sound and song in Playback Theatre practice. In 2017 he graduated from the Leadership in Playback Theatre course with Jonathan Fox (Brazil).
Rose Thorn has been a Playback Theatre performer and conductor for over fifteen years. She was a co-founder of Breathing Fire, a black women’s company, has been artistic director of The Golden Thread Playback Theatre Company and trained a group of people with learning difficulties from Hijinx West Academy. She graduated from the Leadership course in 2017 and is an Accredited Playback Theatre Trainer. Rose also works as a Dramatherapist with women who have experienced complex trauma and abuse. She teaches hatha yoga and helps to run a vegetarian guest house in west Wales with her partner.