“Give me the courage to show
up and let myself be seen.”
Dr. Brené Brown
Playback Theatre (PT) is a form of improvised theater based on audience stories. This art-form corresponds with different disciplines such as Psychodrama, oral traditions, storytelling, community theater, social action and more.
Assael has trained with the creator of PT, Jonathan Fox, and with leading trainers around the world.
He is an accredited Playback Theatre Trainer (APTT) and is a graduate of the Central School of Playback Theater.
He has been performing, researching, conducting and teaching PT for over a decade. He combines his PT training, with his therapeutic training, as well as his fluency in Psychodrama, NLP and Improv, which creates a rich, multi-layered expression of this art form.
Assael teaches PT techniques for a wide variety of groups and organizations, aiming to improve group dynamics, allow creative reflection, and empower educators and leaders.
Since 2012, Dr. Romanelli, a certified APTT, has been developing and facilitating original themed Playback Theatre (PT) training, in Israel and abroad. Leading dozens of trainings, totaling over 500 participants around the world, Assael has acquired and imparted his expansive and comprehensive knowledge, cultivating rich and engaging trainings.
All trainings are built and explored using terminology and techniques based off theory relating to the topic.
Below is a list of trainings:
The Ninja Actor
The cornerstone and most popular topic of Assael's Playback (PT) theory and practice. This topic refines the PT company's artistic language and helps develop a more synergistic group, allowing for fluid improvised enactments. For further reading, see article on this topic here.
Differentiation-based Playback Theatre
An exploration of how to perform "slow playback" that relies on the here-and-now, intimate "heat" that is generated between the actors on stage. We will discover how the characters are only a 'thin veil' that covers our face and how we can dare to bring more of ourselves to the PT enactment.
Sexuality and eroticism
Metaphors in PT
Generating and maximizing the use of metaphors in PT.
Stillness in PT
Exploring the use and impact of pauses and stillness for creation in PT short and medium forms.
Silence in PT
Utilizing silences as a tool for creative exploration and dramatization in PT.