Playback is a unique type of performance where members of the audience come on stage and tell true stories about themselves, which the players then re-enact on the spot. Sometimes funny, sometimes moving, playback performances seek to empower the teller and create a community among the audience.
East Texas Playback Theatre is the home of Playback in Tyler, Texas. It was founded by Artistic Director, and movie Producer, Don Crites. Don is also an executive member of the International Playback Theatre Network Board with training in drama therapy. Don is also the Founder of Salem Playback Theatre, and past member of Playback Theatre NW in Seattle. He has worked extensively with young actors on the autism spectrum and conducted performances in churches, prisons, TEDx events, and a host of theatre locations. The company seeks to grow its membership, continue public performance, and develop outreach programs into local schools.