Playback is an original form of improvisational theater. in which personal stories told by audience members are transformed on the spot into theater pieces by using movement, music and spoken word.
Artistic Director: Penny Clayton Group Members: Joanne Brauman, Benny Buettner, Lawrence Furman, Marti Holtz, Sylvia Israel, Martin Masters, Laura Scott, Duncan Sylvester
Penny Clayton has been
performing with Hudson River Playback Theater since 1998. She graduated from the School of
Playback Theatre in 2006 and became a faculty member in 2008. She
graduated from Empire State College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science
degree in Theatre Arts: Playback Theatre for Social Change. Penny is
currently on a leave of absence from HRPT, living in the San Francisco
area, with plans to bring the “No More Bullying!” program to schools and
training to other playback companies on the west coast.
Joanne Brauman- Joanne has a degree in Dance and Theatre.
She has performed in various venues on the East and West coast. She has
performed for fifteen years throughout California as an oriental
dancer. She has a private practice utilizing movement modalities and
cranial -sacral therapy.
Benny Buettner- (actor, magician, mime, clown, puppeteer)
Benny has over twenty years professional acting experience in Europe
and America. As a member of SAG he has been featured in films, such as
Dr. Dolittle, The Princess Diaries and on TV in Nash Bridges. His Bay
Area stage credits include performances at the Magic Theatre, City Arts
Theatre, various festivals and comedy clubs. He is the co-founder of
Magic Circus, - providing educational and entertainment programs for children and adults. http://www.MagicCircus.com
Lawrence Furman -(magician, public speaker, body worker)
Marti Holtz- Marti is an
award winning playwright, a veteran of twenty-five years in the
performing arts as a featured actor in Shakespeare festivals, cabaret,
street and political theatre. Marti has created numerous theatre based
learning experiences for adults, children, corporations and
Sylvia Israel- Founder and former Creative Director of Bay Area Playback Theatre. Sylvia trained extensively with the School of Playback in upstate New York. Sylvia trained aAn experienced performance artist, Certified Psychodramatist and Trainer, Registered Drama Therapist, Sylvia teaches at the California Institute of Integral Studies and maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Marin County and San Francisco. http://www.imaginecenter.net
Martin Masters- Martin is a classically-trained mime and
movement artist. He has been teaching, directing, producing and
performing for over 30 years. Martin is also an accomplished character
actor, stilt walker and improvisational teacher. He has appeared in over
30 commercials and movies.
Laura Falk Scott- A former lawyer and gallery owner, Laura has studied acting with Allen Taylor and Armand Voulkas and was Project Director for Antenna Theater’s acclaimed educational outreach initiative, “The High School Project,” and is a school docent for SF MOMA.
Duncan Sylvester- Duncan got his start performing with the Earth Circus Performance Troupe, incorporating Dance, Stilting, and Acrobatics. He toured with them to England and Ireland: He has also worked with the Sonoma based experimental theatre group The Independent Eye. Duncan has worked in acute psychiatric hospitals for 20 years. He is an accomplished musician as well.