Success Stories. Our Impact


Success in an organization

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

Playback in Schools

We felt that the project achieved its goals of preparing a student group to perform for peers, and giving other students an opportunity to tell their stories and gain understanding and empowerment in relation to bullying, particularly as witnesses. For both the training group and for the audiences, it was clear that learning what bullying is, and acquiring meaningful language with which to talk about it, are in themselves powerful ways to build safety and respect. The training group was on the whole a cohesive and supportive group in which the participants felt safe to tell very important and vulnerable stories from their lives, on topics such as violence, racism, and sexual orientation.


Impact in Community

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



Public Performances

"Big Apple Playback Theatre brings a sense of play and wonder back to the downtown theatre arts scene."

Ellen Jacobs,Vice President of Knit Media

Commissioned Performances

"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


Past & Current Clients 

Big Apple Playback performs for a diverse set of organizations and schools throughout the New York City Metropolitan area and beyond.  Our most recent partners include:


Pelham Prep High School                                            

Collegiate Institute for Math and Science                   

Craig School                                                                            

Harlem YMCA                                                                         

MLK Institute for Non-Violence                                  

Teen Palestinian-Israeli Dialogue Group

Birch Wathen Lenox School              

Center for Quality Leadership  

Teva Pharmaceuticals                                        

Proof: Media for Social Justice                               

Monomoy Regional Middle School                         

Sickle Cell Society                                                  

Union Settlement                                                    

NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene      

British Consulate of NYC