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TEDxDirigo: RISE State Theatre, Portland, Maine

Portland Playback – Improv

  • 2011
  • Arts & Culture

David LaGraffe is the artistic director of Portland Playback Theatre, a company using structured improvisation to portray stories from the audience. He has trained with Keith Johnstone and Improv Boston and taught acting and improvisation to adults and children for over twenty years.

Portland Playback Theatre Company is dedicated to honoring the countless stories that shape our lives. Our performances create a venue for individuals to share significant events and experiences and, through the art of improvisation, witness their immediate enactment. In this way, the story ‘tellers’ come to recognize that they are not alone, that their stories matter, and that they are part of a larger community of empathic witnesses who recognize both the unique and the universal within us all. The experience of playback helps foster empathy and compassion within any community.