Core training in Tele-Playback: An introduction to PT online

This course was specifically designed to introduce live streaming PT. All elements of PT were carefully considered, practiced and adapted to an online version of PT that values the unique atmosphere, ritual, aesthetics and togetherness found in the core of Playback Theatre.

Playback Theatre is a form of improvisational theatre based on people’s real life stories, which are enacted on stage by a group of specially trained performers. Improvisation includes sounds, movement, dialogue, use of objects, music, song and lighting. The performance is constructed collectively by both the performers and the audience. Each performance is a unique theatre piece. PT combines physical theatre with techniques resulting from drama therapy, psychodrama and social theatre.

The Greek School of Playback Theatre was established by the Association of Dramatic Expression and Therapy “Palmos” and is accredited by the Center of Playback theatre (CPT). The training team of the Greek School of Playback theatre consists of highly experienced professionals working in the performing arts, education and mental health. Trainers are members of Playback Psi The. Co. established in Greece, in 2004 under the guidance of psychiatrist, dramatherapist and director Lambros Yotis. Playback Psi The. Co. is a member of IPTN (International Playback theatre Association).

Course description
Core training is the foundation of PT training. Participants will learn and practice:
• the history, methodology and ethics of PT
• the core forms of representation in PT
• PT ritual
• performing PT on camera (aesthetics, setting the set, use of props)
• improvisation skills
• active listening
• group life and dynamics
• live performing in an open online rehearsal on completion of the training

Participants will be provided with an accredited certificate of completion by GSPT and CPT.
Maximum number of absences during training: two days
We celebrate diversity and welcome all. This course is, particularly, suggested to professionals working as expressive arts psychotherapists, dramatherapists, psychodramatists, theatre in education facilitators, acting students and any individual interested in participatory theatre.
No previous experience in acting is required.

Training language: English
Technical requirements: Lap top or desktop, internet access, privacy.
The course will be delivered via Zoom
Maximum number of participants: 15
Dates: 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 October 2021
Time: 10:00-14:00 CET (Central European Time)

Early Bird fee (until 11 September 2021): 200€
Regular fee (after 12 September 2021): 260€

Payment info
PALMOS Association of Dramatic expression and Therapy
* Please add “tele-playback” and your name to the notes

Τrainers’ Bios
Dimitris Begioglou is a clinical psychologist, actor, musician, singer and accredited Playback Theatre trainer. He studied in Athens, Paris and Tallinn. He is the founder of the Centre of Abstinence and co founder of the Greek School of Playback Theatre. During a 25 years experience on teaching, performing or consulting around the world, he enjoys tremendously bringing people from different cultures together, and articulating just one story out of many heard.

Vera Lardi is a Psychodrama Psychotherapist and actress. She was trained in Playback theatre at the Association of Dramatic Expression and Therapy “Palmos” and joined Playback Psi Theatre Company in 2004. She is a PT performer, conductor and trainer. She is the founder of Arts in Perspective, in Athens. She works in Greece and internationally as a psychotherapist, applied theatre trainer and adult educator. She is committed to the performing arts and their practice towards community building and celebration, social change and personal healing.

Association of Dramatic Expression and Therapy

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”Palmos”, a non-profitable Association of Dramatic Expression and Therapy, is based in Athens, Greece. It was founded in 2005, by Lambros Yotis, psychiatrist (University of Athens, Greece) and dramatherapist (PG Dip and PhD, University of Hertfordshire, UK), theatre actor (Drama School of Athens), stage director and accredited playback theatre trainer (Centre of Playback Theatre, NY). Its members are accredited psychotherapists and professionals in social work, education and the arts, such as Dimitris Begioglou (psychotherapist, playback teacher and musician), Christina Fragiadaki (dramatherapist and actress), Christos Theocharopoulos, Vera Lardi and Margarita Kastrinou (playback and theatre actors and teachers). The aims of this association are research and action in the field that joins theatre, psychotherapy and social sensitization. Methods and techniques deriving from the art of theatre, psychiatry, psychotherapy, dramatherapy, psychodrama and social sciences are applied to meet these aims. Under the umbrella of Palmos, a number of therapeutic and artistic activities take place: psychotherapeutic and dramatherapeutic groups, seminars and workshops, experimental theatre workshops, theatre performances and playback theatre training and performances.


Playback PSI theatre group
Member of the International Playback Theatre Network (IPTN)

Playback theatre is a form of improvisational theatre that is based on people’s real life stories, which are enacted on stage by a number of specially trained performers. This non-scripted theatre can by used to strengthen emotional bonds within a community of people who want to express and share their personal life experiences. Playback theatre has been used worldwide in education, for people with special needs, for people with mental disorders or emotional problems, for people who belong to minority groups, for people with a drug dependence, for victims of traumatic events or disasters, for people who want to enforce their business skills, as well as for members of teams, conferences or social and cultural events.


«Playback Psi» has been first established in Greece in 2004, by a number of performers (actors, dancers, musicians, singers, stage and light designers) who have had special training in theatre improvisational techniques as well as drama-therapy and psychodrama techniques, under the guidance of Lambros Yotis, psychiatrist and drama-therapist, with studies and professional experience in theatre and acting. Its aim is theatre as a means for social, educational and therapeutic change.

From 2005 till now this group has been performing in a number of central Athenian theatre stages (“Theatre of Neos Cosmos”, Multi-cultural space “Booze-Cooperativa”, Music stage “Tea in Sahara”, Theatre “Victoria”, Studio Mavromihali) as well as for audiences in a variety of settings, such as conferences, schools and educational settings, psychiatric and rehabilitation settings.  

Contact Info:

Association of Dramatic Expression and Therapy
3 Kleistenous street, Kotzia Square, Athens (Greece)

Lambros Yotis
Artistic Director, Trainer
+30 6938719138

Christos Theocharopoulos
Actor, Drama Teacher
+30 6944917246