In Playback Theater, the audience tells original stories from their lives that are then improvised, or 'played back' on the spot by members of the troupe. Playback is a true form of 'Community Theater' in the sense that the material generated for each improvisation is unique to the stories of that community, as they are being expressed in that moment. Playback can also be used in a therapeutic context to honor one another’s life experiences and find common ground within diverse populations. The level of depth all depends on the facilitator and the content of the stories told by each individual in the group.
This style of theater is especially helpful for youth as it provides a safe container for them to be with their emotions, without fear of being judged or ostracized. By it’s very nature, Playback fosters a sense of connectedness because vulnerability and trust is required for the exercises themselves.