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(From left) Lisa Robb, Executive Director, NYS Council on the Arts; David Buchwald, State Assemblyman (93rd District), Erica Itzkowitz (Big Apple Playback Theatre, New Rochelle), Julie Carran (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence, White Plains), Bill Ryan, State Legislator (5th District).Credit Courtesy of New Rochelle Patch.

The Big Apple Playback performance was the highlight of the retreat. Our participants commented that it was the greatest gift that we could have given them. The stories were powerful and connected the group in a new way. The individual actors brought such talent and versatility to each scene. We were able to refer to you all as examples of what it means to "be in the body" -- an idea that seemed abstract to some people until they experienced your performances. We also worked with the compassionate listening that you modeled, Hannah, as the storyweaver. It provided insight about how leaders can listen and how powerful listening really is.”

Kate Ebner and Diane Tracy
Co-founders, Full Circle Executive Retreats

People continued on telling their stories and sharing experiences around racism ... searching for understanding and growing in conviction, connection and clarity in the work to become better allies in the fight for equity. Your work really assisted our journey toward authentic sharing and learning. Thanks for the work that you do ... it is truly a gift of healing.”

Karen Opstad
East Coast Early Childhood Diversity Network

“I wanted to thank you and the wonderful performers for the amazing event last night. I have received a few emails from students already raving about their experience. Your group brought an amazing energy and reverence to the classroom that was quite evident in the experience of the group members. It was clear to me that you have put in many hours of hard work and refinement into your craft. I look forward to discussing Playback with the class now that they have this firm experience as their foundation.”

Professor Jason Butler
NYU Drama Therapy

Words can't express how appreciative we are for your performance. You are all very gifted and doing such important work. Not only are you phenomenal actors but you are wonderful listeners. Thank you for continuing to create a safe space for our group to process our feelings, cry and laugh."

Sharon Kreitzer
Beth Israel Nephrology Social worker
network coordinator