EPTG Sofia 2022 – Performing Companies


To be continued, (Wordt Vervolgd), Netherlands

This year is our 25th year of existence. Played for hundreds of companies and other communities. Performed and some of us teaching in Brazil, UK, France, Hungary, India, Nepal, Belgium, Ukraine, Russia, Vietnam. Organization of EPTG in Amsterdam in 2014. Working with pbt + workshops, creating new inventions, live life learning, having fun and keep sharing stories keeps us alive and kicking.







We are a group of theater actors and musicians with therapeutic and social training that has been performing together for 30 years. We share long professional experience and deep friendship, keeping artistic and humanistic values and ethics. We love Playback Theater; it is our mission, passion and work. You can meet at the gathering some of the original Group members, including Aviva Apel, Hillel Shimon, Nurit Shoshan, Shosha Kestenberg, Shirlee Legum and Roni Alperin. If you want to know more about PLAY-LIFE, COME AND TALK TO US!

Additional info:
Aviva Apel Rosenthal and a group of actors came together in Tel Aviv in 1991 and founded the first Playback Theater Company in Israel – Play-Life.
About our company: We are a professional theatre group improvising real life stories. We serve as an artistic interactive form to improve personal and social dialogue or to celebrate special events. Organizations and corporations hire us to open lines of communication, to help them adapt to change, to improve concerns and to create a sense of community.
Play-Life, performances take place in Tel Aviv (Simta Theater) and all around Israel. We perform in theaters, community centers, conferences, institutions, schools, hospitals, and corporations.
We work with survivors, bereaved families, prisoners, groups with special needs and post-traumatic stress, managers and staff members of corporations and military service, hospital teams, schools, banks, and government departments, including the Ministry of Defense, Education, Health, and Social Affairs.
We also perform at life celebrations such as birthdays, anniversaries, retirement or memorials, where we combine important family milestones with both meaning and entertainment.
We are a group of theater actors and musicians with therapeutic and social training that has been performing together for 30 years. We share long professional experience and deep friendship, keeping artistic and humanistic values and ethics. We love Playback Theater; it is our mission, passion and work.
You can meet at the gathering some of the original Group members, including Aviva Apel, Hillel Shimon, Nurit Shoshan, Shosha Kestenberg, Shirlee Legum and Roni Alperin. 





KaYak, Switzerland

KaYak is a new company, born 2019 in Newsealand 2020 during Covid. KaYak features one of the Dinosaurs of Payback- Theater, Karina Bettina Gisler, and the multitalented actor-musician Yakov Yakushevskyi from Donezk. Performances on zoom are now followed by live performances all over the world. KaYak combines Playback-Theater with clowning and thus can give a humorous flavor to the art of playing.





Vozdukh (Воздух), Russia.
On the stage we willbe mixed with people from Ukraine, Israel and UK.

Performances in more than 11 countries; – Grant project in NY state with Rosendale Theater; – European tour; – Collaborations with Jonathan Fox as a conductor (US and India); – Collaborations with artists and playbackers from different countries; – Performance on Moscow Academic Theater stage – Projects with NGO and social groups




Playback theater “Tell me“ (Разкажи ми), Bulgaria

“Tell me” begins official activity in the year of 2020 but the creative team forms and plays in the capital and different cities in Bulgaria ever since the beginning of its education from 2017 to 2020. Since the autumn of 2020 till now despite the complicated pandemic situation Playback theater “Tell me” delivers over 20 live performances. Among them are: monthly performances in the Cultural institute “Krasno selo” Sofia;performances at the festival “Wake up”;presentations of books and makings of art events to invitations by persons,organisations and educational institutions. Presenters of Playback theater “Tell me” take part in the online held European Playback Theater Gathering 2020 hosted in Bulgaria as well as the 2022 Bulgaria Playback theater festival “Infinite development”. The mission of Playback theater “Tell me” is to create atmosphere of mutual trust between people and to unite them based on the general human values and artistry.





Storycatchers (Ловци на истории), Bulgaria

The theater company „Storycatchers“ was established in 2018. In addition to Playback theater, the company also works in the field of contemporary dance, socially engaged creative and educational initiatives, trainings, seminars, forums, at the national and international level.

The founders are artists with many years of professional experience, former members and co- founders of the first professional playback theater troupe in Bulgaria („Here and Now”). The artists from „Storycatchers“ have been part of many international forums, workshops and trainings – both as participants and as trainers. They have over 200 playback performances in the country and abroad. Among their projects are: performances for refugees (in partnership with IOM, Association „Creators“, Goethe Institute), Playback seminar Karin Giesler, Switzerland and was supported by the NFC under the program „Mobility“. Among their most large-scale Playback projects are: „For Birds and People“ (social theater for cancer patients, their relatives and the medical professionals who care for them) and Turtle Island (social theater for people with mental disabilities and the elderly, accommodated in social homes and residences), financed by NFK, Program „Socially Engaged Arts“ (2020, 2021).

Among the main goals of „Storycatchers“ are: to create conditions for revealing and developing human potential by organizing cultural events, shows, trainings, performances, concerts, festivals and other creative and social initiatives; to work for increasing the emotional culture of children, youth and adults by involving them in various forms of creative activity; to support the development of local communities in Bulgaria and the provision of access to art for a wide range of people, including those in a disadvantaged position and at risk of social exclusion, etc. The main focus of the work in all projects is the high artistic content, the professional approach, the significant, current topics of the present day, social commitment and education.




Theatre X (Teater X), Sweden

Teater X has been in service of the Scandinavian society and the worldwide playback community since 1999, giving public performances and workshops for the development of communities, organisations and society at large. The group consists of 9 members who are trained actors/musicians as well as pedagogues, psychologists, therapists and consultants. Teater X is performing and giving workshops in Swedish, Norwegian and English. 







Pepita Playback Theatre (Pepita Playback Társulat), Hungary

We, the Pepita Playback Theatre, are a community committed to Playback Theatre and its values. Providing an artistic and human experience, we create opportunities for people to meet themselves and each other through their stories.

Our activities benefit theatre audiences, members of diverse organizations and communities. We participate in national and international movements with which we share values, such as Playback Theatre movements, peace movements, etc. We were founded in November 2002 in Budapest.

The Pepita Playback Theatre currently performs at the Esernyős in Budapest, where we have open events every two months. In addition to our theatre performances, we are happy to accept other requests in alignement with the genre.

We are also active in the social field, participating in community-building processes, supporting excluded or marginalised groups, environmental and other socially beneficial projects. For example, we have been to the gypsy colony in Hétes, working with the residents and their helpers, playing games for them and with them, holding workshops. We have also had the opportunity to play with flood victims and their helpers, the Mosoly Foundation, the staff of Camp of Courage, the residents of the Rehabilitation Centre for the Disabled People, and various school groups, and to work with them on their experiences. We have also performed for private events, birthday parties, hen parties and weddings.

For years we have performed at the „Budapest 100”, an architectural and cultural festival of communities living together in the houses of Budapest. We have performed for residential communities in the courtyards of houses, in the framework of the Discover Peace in Europe project in cooperation with the Vitakltúra Association in a variety of venues, on the streets, and also on trams in Vienna and Budapest. Together with Playback Theatre companies and communities of different art forms from four other European countries, we completed a multi-year international adult learning and art project (Art for Multicultural Communities), which included performances for people from minority situations in Vienna, London, Tallinn and Nicosia. We have also been active in shaping the international Playback Theatre movement, with members participating in London, Vienna, Newcastle and several companies in Finland.

Three of the company’s members, Dániel Rózsa, Bea Somogyi and Ágnes Sütöri, have graduedated in Leadership of CPT. They are also Accredited Playback Theatre Trainers. They are teachers at the Hungarian School of Playback Theatre, Bea is a board member of the Centre for Playback Theatre (New York). Bea Somogyi and Dániel Rózsa were among the main organisers of the European Playback Theatre Gathering in Budapest in April 2017. Almost all of us have been involved in the two-year organisation process as volunteers.

Our company hosted two foreign companies at that meeting, Wordt Vervolgd from the Netherlands and Sun Stage from Oradea. The three companies together gave a bilingual (English and Hungarian) joint performance at the meeting. Ten actors, three musicians, two conductors and one visual artist participated.

The members of the company are playback theatre professionals and artists – directors, conductors, actors, trainers, musicians, visual artist – who have extensive experience in the organisational, educational, personal and community development, crisis intervention and therapeutic applications of Playback Theatre.

They have many years of stage and training experience, communication skills and advanced self-awareness. This ensures that they can listen to storytellers with curiosity and openness, attune to their emotional state, and provide them with experience and support through the sensitive and subtle mirroring of their stories.

In the case of our company, the enactments on stage are enriched by our artist’s paintings created on the spot as visual reflections. Drawings and paintings are made based on the stories and enactments. An impromptu exhibition of the images will be organised at the end of the performances. We say goodbye to our audience by talking about the images and the experiences we have shared.



Playback Theatre “The Others” (PlayBack театр “Другие”), Russia

International PT “The Others” (founder and director Nella Chilachava). The theatre began its development in 2013, the official opening took place in 2014. Currently, the team consists of more than thirty participants, the theatre troupes are represented in Russia (Moscow, Krasnodar, Sochi, Novorossiysk), Turkey, Mexico and at the stage of formation in Bulgaria. For nine years of work, the team has implemented a lot of projects, both social and business formats, cooperating with big companies and organizers of large-scale forums for various communities. PT “The Others” organizes performances not only offline, but also on online platforms.




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