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Welcome to Hudson River Playback Theatre, Inc.

“Stories From the Field” at the Omega Women’s Leadership Center 2015 Women Serving Women Summit

hrpt omega wsws 29may2015photo courtesy of Omega Women’s Leadership Center

Hudson River Playback Theatre, based in New Paltz, NY, creates dynamic, memorable theatre and music on the spot based on true stories told by audience members.


Playback Theatre itself was first developed by Jonathan Fox, Jo Salas, and the other members of the original company in 1975. In performances, audience members are invited to tell stories from their lives and watch as they are played back with action and music. The Playback Theatre method is now practiced in 60 countries worldwide to build dialogue, connection, and change. Artistic director Jo Salas, a pioneer of The Original Playback Theatre company, founded Hudson River Playback Theatre in 1990 as the original company was coming to a close. Hudson River Playback Theatre’s company members have backgrounds in professional theatre and music, social work, education, and community action. We facilitate dynamic interactive performances, workshops, and specialized events throughout the Mid-Hudson River Valley Region, Metro NY/NJ/CT Area, and internationally. Learn more about what we can offer your school, community, or organization.

Our vision:

A society where every voice is heard, every story honored.

Our mission:

To create improvisational theatre and music from stories told by the audience in order to illuminate lives and bear witness to both difference and commonality among people.

Our values:
Social Justice; Artistry; Community.


Hudson River Playback Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered in the State of New York USA


A month after the first worldwide One Billion Rising event in 2013, Hudson River Playback Theatre presented a community performance called Stories Rising. This story was told by one of the local organizers of One Billion Rising, and enacted on the spot by Hudson River Playback Theatre’s performers. STORIES RISING 2013