(A “Playback Theatre” Technique”)
Impact facilitators pose a few simple questions (e.g., “What kind of challenges did you face at work this week?”) and invite participants to respond by sharing short fragments of personal experiences (e.g., “I had a frustrating experience in a team meeting. I was sharing an idea for a new project and one of my colleagues kept interrupting and making jokes.”). Our Performance Educators immediately “play back” what they’ve heard, using sound, words, and movement to create brief theatrical pieces that capture the essence of the teller’s experience.
This technique provides a non-threatening, entertaining way for participants to begin sharing thoughts and feelings, making connections, and listening respectfully to one another.