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NEW!!! Damillola Abdulai-Apotieri What is your Story: An introduction to Playback Theater with DamilolaJune 8 10-12 pm ET

NEW!!! Damillola Abdulai-Apotieri What is your Story: An introduction to Playback Theater with DamilolaJune 8 10-12 pm ET

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What is your story : Am Introduction to PlayBack Theater

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Basic Playback Theatre Workshop: Introduction

Join a virtual Playback Theatre workshop by Nigerian foremost art-for-social transformation practitioner, Oluwadamilola Abdulai-Apotieri. For two hours, Damilola will introduce, demonstrate and lead an introduction session on the Playback Theatre method. Playback Theatre is an original form of improvisational theatre in which audience or group members tell stories from their lives and watch them enacted on the spot. It is also referred to as “theatre of compassion”, as it is one of the most widely known and utilized forms of interactive social change theatre.

Objective of the workshop

In this 2 hour introductory workshop, participants will learn the basics of Playback Theatre with introduction to some key aspects of Playback Theatre: deep listening, story sharing, and the embodiment of feelings to honor experiences that are shared. Playback Theatre can be applied for many purposes including as a way of healing and creating a dialogue with communities and as social & humanitarian workers.

This experiential workshop is open to all. No theatre experience is required. Each participant will have a chance to try the roles of being an actor, audience and may be a teller. We will tell and enact stories together, in the spirit of fun and fellowship.

Duration: 2 hours workshop

Room type: virtual workshop.

Target number: 12 - 20 participants.


Activists, Performers, Developmental Consultants, Actors, Humanitarians, Educators, Media Experts, Dreamers, Writers, Directors, Leaders, Publishers.



Oluwadamilola Apotieri-Abdulai is a humanitarian and art-activism practitioner with passion for using theatre for social transformation and healing. Through Playback Nigeria, He has worked with over 36,000 refugees and internally displaced persons providing art-based psychosocial support, training and capacity development initiatives in Nigeria. He is a graduate of Theatre Arts, Lagos State University and Redeemer’s University. He has a B.A (Hons) and Masters in Applied Drama; Theatre in Education, Community and Social Context from the prestigious Drama for Life division at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is Nigeria’s first Applied Drama practitioner and Playback Theatre practitioner and a member of the International Playback Theatre Network (USA), Drama for Life Africa Network, Applied Improvisation Network (USA) and an alumnus of the Centre for Playback Theatre (USA) where he trained in Playback Theatre core course and conducting. Damilola has 20 years’ experience in Media/Theatre for Social Change and is dedicated to exploring the transforming and healing power of arts.

His professional performance and facilitation platforms has extended to South Africa, Botswana, Bulgaria, United Kingdom, Ghana, Turkey and over 12 states in the United State including Michigan, New York, Rhode Island, Boston, Memphis, Washington State, Los Angeles, and Portland Oregon. He facilitates an annual Applied Improvisational workshop at the Dr. Benjamin L Hooks Job Corps Academy and a number of international conferences. Damilola works directly with community members and brings his effusive energy, deep compassion, creativity, and insight to his training and personal coaching.




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