Salem Playback Theatre

This is the official site of Playback Theatre in Salem, OR

Call for Board Members

Salem Playback Theatre seeks new Members of the Board. 

Purpose of Organization

Playback is a unique type of performance where members of the audience come on stage and tell true stories about themselves, which the players then re-enact on the spot. Sometimes funny, sometimes moving, playback performances seek to empower the teller and create a community among the audience.

Salem Playback Theatre is the home of Playback in Salem, Oregon. It was founded in 2012, with training and guidance from Portland Playback, and is a registered 501c3 non-profit. The company has performed at many public and private events, including TEDx Salem, the Oregon State Hospital, the SMART Reading Program, the Capital City Anti-bullying Event, several church groups, and a series of public performances at the Reed Opera House. Salem Playback Theatre continues to train actors and perform. The company seeks to grow its membership, continue public performance, and develop outreach programs into local schools.


The mission of Salem Playback Theatre (SPT) is to improve the quality of life of everyone in the community through compassion, humor, deep listening, perspective, and connection to the human spirit. For more information, please SPT website at


Members of the Board will support the work of SPT and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by the Artistic Director (who is also President of the Board), the Board-Director relationship is a partnership, and active involvement of all Board Members is both critical and expected.

Board Terms and Meetings

Board Members serve three-year terms, eligible for renewal, with no term limits. Board meetings are held quarterly (or at other times as convenient and necessary), with a required annual company meeting in early January.

Performance and Rehearsal

SPT rehearses weekly and performs (ideally) monthly. While attendance at rehearsal and performance is not required, it is certainly welcomed, and board members are expected to show an active interest in the performance activities of the company.

Board Members may also be performing members of the company, subject to same training and conditions as regular members of the company. (This is not a requirement of Board membership.)

Leadership, Governance and Oversight

Specific Board Member responsibilities include:

  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the Artistic Director and collaborating to develop a strategic plan.
  • Developing relationships with the community and serving as an ambassador for the Company, with a goal of creating performance and outreach opportunities.
  • Assisting in the recruitment of other Board Members and performing company members.
  • Assisting with fundraising opportunities, including grant writing, the annual donation campaign, planned giving, and the solicitation of private donations—as available and appropriate.
  • Approving SPT’s annual budget, reports, and business decisions, and meeting all legal and financial responsibilities.
  • Serving on committees and taking on special assignments, such as serving as a liaison to other organizations.
  • Ensuring SPT’s commitment to a diverse Board and membership that reflects the greater Salem community.


SPT Board Members should consider SPT a charitable priority and are expected to make annual gifts to the Company to the best of their ability. A record of Board Member donations allows SPT to credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals.


Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • A commitment to Salem Playback’s mission and purpose.
  • Leadership experience in theatre, education, business, government, non-profits, or the arts.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively and reach consensus with diverse individuals, and to cultivate relationships with diverse members of the public and other stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience with technology and social media is desired, but not required.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives in the greater Salem community.


Service on SPT’s Board of Directors is without pay, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation in relation to official duties.

To Apply:

Please submit a letter of interest that includes your qualifications and why you would be a good fit to fulfill Salem Playback’s mission, to:, by May 1, 2016.

 Please direct questions to the Board Secretary, Jay Gipson-King, at or 850-445-5843.


Recruiting & Training!

Salem Playback Theatre is now
Recruiting & Training
for the 2016-2017 Season!

Have you ever pictured yourself on stage? Wanted to develop your emotional intelligence, deep listening, and improvisation skills? Join a community of deep thinkers and feelers who want to give back to the community? Give Salem Playback a try!

Salem Playback rehearses every Tuesday night at 7:00 in SE Salem. Write to or call Don at 503-991-3920 to join us! Rehearsal and training is Free! Most performances are Paid! 

Also follow us out on Facebook or check out some of our past work on YouTube.

Salem Playback Theatre is a proud member of the Salem Theatre Network

Last Workshop of the Season!

Please join us for another round of Playback training! Learn playback forms, experience deep listening, and improve your improv skills! This workshop is FREE, but please REGISTER by writing to Continue your journey, or start now!

When: Saturday, December 19. 9:00 am to Noon
Where: Playback Clubhouse, 2600 Pringle Dr SE, Salem

Come play with us!

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Training & Support Workshop Continues!

Salem Playback’s Training and Support Workshop returns! Continue your journey or start now.

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Share your support!

Experience three hours of intensive Playback training with our team of experts. Learn Playback forms, practice improv, develop emotional intelligence, improve deep listening skills, and have fun! Register by e-mail ( or drop in on the day. Saturday, Nov. 21, 9:00 am to Noon. Participation Fee: $25.

Training & Support Workshop: Oct 24!

SPT Training Sept15

AND…. We’re Back! With the Training & Support Workshop. This Saturday, October 4, from 9:00 to Noon. Continue your journey, or drop in for the first time. Learn the basics of Playback, including deep listening skills, improvisation, and playback forms. Develop your emotional intelligence, theatre skills, and creativity, while having fun and making new friends! $25.

Further details on the Flyer (PDF)..

Starting the Fall Season!

Next Performance: Ritual Story-Telling!

Ritual Storytelling

Join us for a free public performance as we partner with Sacred Space Spiritual Center to share stories and join in community!

When: Friday, September 18, at 7:00
Where: At Sacred Space Spiritual Center in Downtown Salem.

Sacred Space Spiritual Center is an independent non-denominational new thought metaphysical center.

Playback Theatre is a unique type of non-scripted performance where members of the audience share a true story about themselves, which is then reenacted on the spot.

Together, tellers, players, and audience members create their own community and experience the power of playback theatre!

Next Performance: Over the Rainbow! Stories in Support of the LGBTQ+ Community

Featuring Salem’s Allies for Equality!

Playback Rainbow

Salem Playback Theatre is partnering with Salem’s Allies for Equality on June 20 to bring you a night of stories celebrating the LGBTQ+ Community. Join us as we share stories about gender and sexuality, discovery and transformation, discrimination and equality, and empowerment and affirmation, as told by members of the LBGTQ community and their allies. The night is open to everyone in an atmosphere of safety and support. No matter where you fall on the spectrum of gender and sexuality, everyone has a story of identity.

This is our LAST SHOW OF THE SEASON, so if you have been waiting around to see a show, this is it! Join us to tell your own story of identity and discovery, or just listen!

What: Public Performance
Where: Reed Opera House, Ste 215, second Floor
When: 7:00 PM, Saturday, June 20
Tickets: Online at Brown Paper Tickets or $10 at the door.

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