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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           Simon Floodgate           Veronica Needa

Anna Chesner           Simon Floodgate           Veronica Needa

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 is currently 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.

Amanda Brown             Alison Fairlove

Amanda Brown             Alison Fairlove


SPT UK Guest faculty includes...


Di Adderley was a professional actor and musician for 20 years before retraining as a psychodramatist, sociodramatist and organisational trainer. She co-founded Playback Theatre Manchester in 1992 and joined Playback York in the same year. Since then she has been conductor, actor and musician in many performances and led workshops across the UK and Europe. She was a member of the organising committee for the 1999 International Playback Theatre Conference in York, England. She is an Accredited Playback Theatre Trainer.

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 was the founder of Tapestry Playback Theatre in Singapore. She now lives and works in London as a school-based counsellor with children and teenagers with special learning and emotional needs. She is a registered Dance Movement psychotherapist, a Graduate of the School of Playback Theatre (2005) and one of the earliest members of London’s True Heart Theatre which serves the UK Chinese community. She 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).

Andrew Gray               Di Adderley           Steve Nash              Agnes Law

Andrew Gray               Di Adderley           Steve Nash              Agnes Law