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Joined by Infinite Arms Puppet Theatre:
Wednesday October 25, 7:30pm
Parker Theatre
SUNY New Paltz
Multicultural Education Conference, SUNY New Paltz
November 17
Performance with Big Apple Playback Theatre
September 13 and 14
Bennett Elementary School
Boiceville, NY
Stories of the outdoors

Friday, July 7, 6pm,

Rail Trail Café,

310 River Road Ext.

New Paltz, NY 12561

New Paltz Reflect and Resist Book Discussion

with interactive performance

Hudson River Playback Theatre

Saturday May 20, 2017

6:00 – 9:00pm

Steinberg Room

Elting Memorial Library

93 Main St., New Paltz, NY

Join us for our Reflect and Resist New Paltz book discussion sponsored by Inquiring Minds Bookstore and March On! New Paltz. We will be discussing bell hooks’ Feminism is for Everybody, and sharing our own relatable experiences.

Our book discussion will be followed by an interactive performance by Hudson River Playback Theatre to help us further explore and resonate our own personal experiences and reactions to the many different topics hook presents throughout her book on passionate politics.

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Navigating a changed world
Friday January 27, 8pm
Mountain Laurel Waldorf School (community room)
16 S Chestnut Street, New Paltz, NY
All welcome.
Admission by donation





Theatre for a healthy planet

Friday, September 9, 7pm.

Rail Trail Café,

310 River Road Ext., New Paltz, NY.


Improv theatre and music by Hudson River Playback Theatre based on audience members’ stories, feelings, and vision relating to climate change. Come and join us to share these vital stories in a beautiful woodland setting!

The Rail Trail Cafe, right beside the parking lot on Stone Mountain Farm off Springtown Road, serves delicious food and drinks. Come early to eat!

CHANGING CLIMATE CHANGE is cosponsored by New Paltz Climate Action Coalition. NPCAC members will be present with information about  local organizing.

Free admission (but we’ll pass the hat!)

This outdoor show will be cancelled in case of rain. If in doubt please check our Facebook page.

Hudson River Playback Theatre has been enacting stories in the Mid Hudson Valley and beyond for 26 years. They took part in the worldwide theatre initiative Climate Change Theatre Action held in conjunction with COP21, the UN conference on climate change in Paris, December 2105

We are actively planning collaborative performances with community groups, organizations, and conferences in the Mid-Hudson area and beyond.  Please contact us to discuss your project or program ideas!




Wednesday December 9, 2015  7:30pm at the Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main Street, Rosendale, NYhrpt ccta 9dec2015

Climate change is upon us—erratic seasons, floods, fires, and droughts, mega-storms like Sandy. The United Nations is meeting yet again to attempt to take action. But they need help! They need the arts! They need us!

Hudson River Playback Theatre is joining CLIMATE CHANGE THEATRE ACTION, a worldwide theatre initiative that is part of ARTCOP21, a larger arts coalition in support of the United Nations conference. Join us for an evening that will include two scripted plays, especially commissioned for Climate Change Theatre Action, as well as your very important stories enacted on the spot.

What was the first moment when you felt concern for the planet’s future? What scares you the most? What are your hopes, your intentions? Please bring your stories, reflections, and passions to share with your community. Hudson River Playback Theatre’s team will listen and then embody those stories in spontaneous theatre, so that everyone gets it.

Local environmental action groups will be on hand with sign-ups and factual information.

All are welcome (middle school-age and older). Admission by donation.

JULY 2015:

International Playback Theatre Network World Conference in Montreal
July 8-12, 2015

MAY 2015:

CLIMATE ACTION EVENT:”EARTH CALLING! A conversation through theatre”
Thursday 05/07/2015 at 8:00pm in New Paltz, NY at Historic Huguenot Street’s Deyo Hall, 6 Broadhead Avenue
Presented in partnership with local environmental organizations

Performance for
Women Serving Women Summit
Omega Women’s Leadership Center
Omega Institute Service Week 2015
Rhinebeck, NY

APRIL 2015:

Visiting Artist at SUNY Dutchess Creative Arts Therapy Courses

Keynote Performance at Mid Atlantic Consortium for Human Services 2015 Conference

MORE EVENTS SOON !!! Please contact us to plan a performance or workshop:


MARCH 2015:

Friday March 6th, 6pm to 8pm
“Drone Wars Targeting Our Bill of Rights”
Organized by Drone Alert – Hudson Valley,,
African Roots Library at Family Partnership, 29 North Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. (Snow date Tues Mar 10, 6pm to 8pm) Free.



Join us for 4 days of foundational learning in the Playback Theatre method! Taught by SARAH URECH

Playback Centre Core Training Course at Falling Waters Retreat Center in Saugerties, NY, Feb.15-18, 2015


One Book/One Town “Nemesis” Event

SUNY New Paltz Multi-Cultural Education Conference

Visiting Artist for Expressive Arts Course at SUNY Dutchess



Bystander Empowerment at Horace Mann Middle School, Riverdale, NY

Visiting Artist for Expressive Arts Course at SUNY New Paltz


Plenary Parent Voices Performance & Embodying Our Stories Workshops at

Discovery 2014 Stone Soup Conference, William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, CT

Visiting Artist in Expressive Arts Courses
at SUNY New Paltz & Dutchess County Community College



Omega Institute Conference: Women/Men, The Next Conversation

No More Bullying! Performance Series at Onteora Intermediate School



Palestine Stories: A presentation about the Freedom Bus by founder Ben Rivers

Tuesday June 3, 7:30pm at Deyo Hall, 6 Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz, NY (next to Rail Trail—not on campus!)

 The Freedom Bus, a project of the West Bank’s legendary Freedom Theatre, engages thousands of Palestinians and visitors from abroad in cultural actions, including Playback Theatre, to explore the experience of living under occupation. Freedom Bus events occur in villages, towns, refugee camps and Bedouin communities throughout the occupied West Bank.

Endorsers of the Freedom Bus include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Alice Walker, Angela Davis, Judith Butler, Maya Angelou, Noam Chomsky and Peter Brook.

On Tuesday June 3, 7:30pm, Ben Rivers, co-founder of the Freedom Bus, will speak about the use of Playback Theatre and cultural activism within the broader popular struggle movement. The presentation, including video clips, will take place at Deyo Hall, 6 Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz, NY (next to Rail Trail—not on campus!).

Following Ben’s talk, Hudson River Playback Theatre performers will reflect audience responses.

Palestine Stories is cosponsored by Middle East Crisis Response.

Admission is free. Donations to support the Freedom Bus will be accepted.

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Recent performances and events:

December 7: STORIES BIG AND SMALL:  Deyo Hall, Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz

November 23: FAMILY STORIES:  a performance at the Siblings Conference for Siblings, Parents and Grandparents of Children with Developmental Disabilities. In Goshen, NY

November 15: THE STORIES THAT FORM US:  Presentation at the 19th Multicultural Education Conference, SUNY New Paltz

November 14: LIGHT A CANDLE: Stories from Amnesty International, New Paltz

October 3: IN OUR OWN WORDS, New Paltz

July 9: Immigrant Stories, Gill Farm, Stone Ridge

May 29: Women Serving Women Summit, Omega Institute

May 28: No More Bullying! performance at High Meadow School, Stone Ridge

May 23: What Are You Waiting For? Public show at Deyo Hall, New Paltz

May 17: “Life on the Ridge,” Ridge School, Salt Point, NY

May 16: Immigrant Stories performance with Habilidad, Mill Street Loft, Poughkeepsie

May 14: Immigrant Stories workshop with Habilidad, Mill Street Loft, Poughkeepsie

May 2: Immigrant Stories, Everette Hodge Center,  Kingston.

March 14th: STORIES RISING: a public show in New Paltz at Deyo Hall, Broadhead Road.

February 1: performance with Highland Middle School students at No Name-Calling Week art exhibit opening, Port Ewen.

January 30: three No More Bullying! shows at Leptondale Elementary School, Walkill.

January 5: Dia de los Reyes celebration for families in Poughkeepsie

December 10: Immigrant Stories at Valley Central High School, Montgomery.

December 3, 7pm: fundraising performance for the Freedom Theatre of Jenin, at The Culture Project, NYC

December 2, 4pmYOU AND YOUR STORY:  a show for kids/teens and their parents, Deyo Hall, Broadhead Road, New Paltz

November 2: Plenary performance, Multicultural Education Conference, SUNY New Paltz, plus workshop presentation on No More Bullying with youth team.

October 24: two No More Bullying performances for mothers and children at a domestic violence shelter

October 19: Keynote performance, Second Annual Orange County Trauma Informed Care Conference

October 18, 2012: Public performance Promises

August 8:  No More Bullying!: Using improvisational, personal-story-based theatre to empower witnesses, victims, and schools

Jo Salas and Matteo Spitzer presented HRPT’s No More Bullying project at the pre-conference on theatre and bullying at the American Association for Theatre and Education in Lexington, Kentucky.

August 12: two HRPT members will lead a workshop for Three Arrows Cooperative, a family summer community in Putnam County.

And in the fall, look for details about public performances October 18 and a family show December 2.

June 21, Shadow and Light: stories at the solstice Public show, New Paltz

June 6, Immigrant Stories, Literacy Connections, Hudson

May 28, Women Serving Women Summit, Omega Institute

May 19, Courageous Schools conference, NYC

May 15, Immigrant Stories, Kingston

March 31, 2012: Antibullying conference, Newburgh, NY

March 28 & 29: No More Bullying! performances, Highland Middle School

March 15: Public show, Deyo Hall, Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz, NY

March 3, 2012: Antibullying conference, Kingston High School