Auckland PlayBack Theatre

Meet the Crew

Julie Julie Watson has been playing back for the past decade. She loves the immediateness of the form, the interaction with the audience and the way it can build community. She is an educator for the Human Rights Commission and is an associate of Everyday Theatre a theatre in education project using process drama to open the conversation around family relationships and domestic violence for young people. She has a Masters degree in Drama in Education through Griffith University in Brisbane.

Hiroshi Nakatsuji is a native of Japan, where he studied a variety of theatre clowning, and  Rakugo which is humorous story-telling played in monologue. In California, Hiroshi did a BA in Theatre Arts, including improvisation and stage direction. During this time, he fell in love with a Kiwi woman, who decided to bring him back to Aotearoa on Waitangi Day 2003. He is captivated by improvisation and public sharing of personal stories in playback theatre. A Greenie, librarian, and father of Xavier.

Itai Itai Biran is an urban farmer, baker, cheese maker and actor. He is also a proud father. Playback is a new and exciting arena for him. It's a unique form of human encounter which enables a myriad of possibilities and creations to arise out of the dialogue between the performers and those who watch and listen.

Vicki studied drama at Victoria University before moving to the UK for 16 years, where she trained as a psychodrama psychotherapist and discovered Playback Theatre.  Vicki believes Playback Theatre offers a celebration of life’s moments with tears, laughter and all the other surprising bits that come along in between. Vicki has been back home in New Zealand (and loving it!) for just over a year and is new to Auckland Playback Theatre.

Dave Miller

Dave Miller plays the role of musician for the company. He delights in improvising a unique "emotional soundtrack" for each performance.

Dave is a retired engineer who plays guitar, bass and drums. He has degrees in Music Composition and in Electronic Engineering.