"Quality is not an act,
it is a habit."
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"Leilani's a gift and a joy to the world."
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"Leilani is definitely a rising star in the field of OD"
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"Leilani has keen insight that keeps me focused on what really matters."
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"Leilani is a joy to work with. She has a brilliant integration of heart and mind."
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"Leilani is an outstanding facilitator, mediator and community builder."
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National Playback Theatre
uses interactive forms of non-scripted theater to bring feelings,
possibilities and stories to life. Through
movement, music and improvisation, people discover or reinforce their common
humanity. This model deepens, accelerates and enhances dialogue by
uncovering different world views to enhance understanding, empathy and
trust. In the telling and seeing of real stories played back, we build
community, as well as honor uniqueness of experience. Uncharted terrain
becomes safe and exciting, resulting in transformation, shared vision and
new ideas. Our work has dissolved conflicts, built trust, supported new
learning and heightened commitment. We are group of highly skilled artists
that demonstrate the rapid rapport, cohesion and synergy essential to
building collective intelligence. We take improvisation to new heights by
purposefully drawing on our pool of artists to create new configurations of
players. This challenges us to practice our values and demonstrate how
groups and communities can function and thrive in change, transition and the
chaos of the unexpected.
Playback Theatre Principles
– We are all part of a dialogic process, we are active participants, not
– Accepting what is offered and building upon it for the sake of the
Collective Wisdom/Deep Democracy
whole is more intelligent than any isolated part; wisdom
engaged dialogue of individuals in service of the collective
fully aware of our selves, thoughts, behaviors, beliefs and blind-spots;
consistently giving and receiving feedback from a place of consciousness
to move the process forward
– The ability to see
the larger context, to challenge beliefs and
assumptions; the ability to step out of one's own "story", to enter into
another's experience and grasp it; the ability to gain distance, humor,
healing and insight
– There is an unexplainable mystery revealed through the process of
Playback, enhanced through the use of ritual, art and aesthetics; a
deeper way of processing and representing complexity
that fosters the seeds of the transcendent within all of our experiences
– A radical,
democratic belief in the intrinsic worth of all of our stories–
conflicts dissolve, consensus is gained and the collective learns when
no single narrative is privileged above others
Safety, containment, play, experimentation
Spontaneity, the practice of improvisation and the Playback tools build
a safe space to learn and make optimal choices
Listening deeply to stories, feelings, experiences and the unstated from
the intelligence of the heart, mind, body and intuition.
Through theatrical embodiment and reflection of our work, hidden
assumptions, overlooked insights and positive connections become readily
, Director and Lead
Conductor, is a life long performing artist including professional dance
experience, a former member of Playback Theater West and the Founder of
Being and Living® Enterprises, an organizational development consulting
company. Leilani has presented at the International Playback Theater
conferences in Japan, Finland and Washington U.S.A. Clients include
divisions of Daimler Chrysler; Institute on the Common Good; Granite
Construction; National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation, see our work
(international corporate learning organization; Study Circles Resource
Click here to see our work with Study Circles Resource Center “Telling the
Story of Democracy” 2005 National Conference and Storage Tek.
Intact work teams; Organizations of any size; Conferences; Retreats and
situations in which people need to build rapport, foster new ideas, see the
whole or solve conflicts rapidly; working with international and diverse
groups; for people who want to do more than just talk; when you need a fresh
approach to sharing perceptions, seeing the whole system, building or
workshops and coaching on our approach to the Playback process and how to
bridge these models to dialogue. Contact us if you would like to sponsor a
course in your area. Playback Theatre is a powerful tool for
eliciting experiences, issues and building empathy. It is performed in many
localities and cultures around the world. Playback Theatre was developed in
1975 by Jonathan Fox in New York’s mid-Hudson Valley.
www.playbackschool.org. We are member of the International Playback
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