IPTN Board Members

The Board is a group of Playback practitioners from around the world, serving IPTN as volunteers. We meet regularly as a whole board and additionally in smaller committees. Our joy is getting to know each other across cultures and the satisfaction of helping Playback flourish.

If you are drawn to serve the international community, please consider joining one of the committees that is open to volunteers. Every year or two there are openings on the Board. Any IPTN member can apply. New Board members are approved by majority vote of previous Board members, with preference given to countries that are not currently represented.

We are here to serve you. Please use the “contact us” to let us know your ideas, feedback, interest in volunteering, or anything else.

Russian Federation

Nastya Vorobyeva

President

I am performance artist and social activist for human rights, the co-founder of VOZDUKH Center of Physical Theatre, and a certified Playback Theatre trainer. I believe through community we are stronger together.

Mexico

Andrea Sandoval

Vice-president

I am a professional actress and I practice PT since 2008, cofounder of the Mexican PT Network and the last years I have been building bridges and creating access for the Hispanic community.

Spain / UK

Ferran Luengo

Secretary

I’m a Spanish actor, improviser and applied theatre facilitator, currently based in London, with more than two decades of stepping on stages. I love bringing theatre into communities and using it to give them voice and raise awareness.

United States

Christopher Ellinger

Treasurer

I have been helping to build Playback organizations for over twenty years– first True Story Theater (Boston, US) and then Playback North America. I’m excited to explore how Playback networks like IPTN can support us all to strengthen the social impact of our work.

Portugal

António Vicente

Board Member

Born in Portalegre, I created the Playback Theatre company “Estremoz.” I have a MA in Theatre Studies (Community Theatre) from the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema (Theatre and Film Academy), Amadora, and currently live in Lisbon.

Greece

Smaroula Pandelis

Board Member

I was born in 1959 in Greece and I live and work in Athens. Born in the country that created theatre, I have loved it since I was a child.

Israel

Noa Leibu

Board member

I moved from Israel to Germany in 2014 and founded “Story Lane Playback Theatre.” I have practised Playback for almost 20 years and now I am teaching internationally and hosting the podcast “Playback Theatre Talks”.

Italy

Roberta Roberto

Board member

I’m an Italian performer and conductor of Playback Theatre, and an expressive and transformative counselor who uses creative methodologies.

India

Laxmi Priya

Board Member

I have been improvising for a decade in and around Bangalore, India. I performs with The Adamant Eves (India’s first all-female improv company) and am a co-founder of City Lamps Playback Theatre.

Israel

Amalya Hadar

Board member

I am a professional actress who has practiced Playback Theatre since 2007 and served as the Chairperson of The Israeli Playback Theatre Association since 2016. A certified group facilitator, I’m also a feminist vegan and a creative and resourceful cat lover.

South Africa

Cherae Halley

Board member

I am an Applied Theatre practitioner focused on human rights, education, and dialogue. I am the co-director of Drama for Life Playback Theatre, where we house South Africa’s the only accredited Playback school.

India

Chetna Mehrotra

Board Member

Born and raised in the beautiful valley of Dehradun, India, I have been an Applied Theatre practitioner for over 10 years now. I create create spaces of joy, compassion and equivalence amongst children, youth and adults through the practices of Applied Theatre.

Australia

Emily Conolan

Board member

I’m a Playback practitioner, writer, and teacher from Tasmania, Australia.  I’ve been a member of Hobart Playback Theatre for ten years, where we do a lot of community-oriented work.

Belgium

Hani Al-rstum

Board member

I am a psychotherapist and a theater maker. In 2017, I founded a Playback troupe in Tripoli, working to reshape the decades-old “frontlines” of civil war in the area, from segregated fighting frontlines into inclusive artistic frontlines.