Firstly happy New Year to all, may the new decade expand and enrich Playback Theatre in ways as yet unknown to us. Now some personal news, I joined the Board after the Montreal conference in 2015 and have now served my four year term. During that time, I focused on membership and for the last two years, worked on organising the recent conference in India with Christian and the Indian team.
I also edited the IPTN online journal and expanded that to include regional reports in languages other than English. Perhaps my key achievement was the book of research articles Playback Theatre Around the World: Diversity of Application, published to coincide with the conference. I would like to thank everyone who contributed articles and reports to the journal and to the book. It feels important that as practitioners we continue to reflect on our work by writing about it and share what we do and also who we are by making it known to others. The IPTN website is a central and easily accessible place to archive Playback Theatre, please do continue to support it.
It is possible to stay on the IPTN Board for two terms, but I have decided to step down after one term. There are a number of reasons for this, one being exhaustion after the intensity of organising the conference (as some of you know, I didn't attend the conference after the opening ceremony.) The other more important reasons being that I need time to focus on my own projects and a desire to approach Playback Theatre independently without the responsibility of being involved with an organisation.
So this opens an opportunity for someone new to join the Board, to support the existing Board to bring a fresh perspective to membership, and to move the journal forward into new and exciting areas among other things.
I have enjoyed and felt inspired by my time on the Board and I look forward to seeing IPTN continue to grow and support the development of Playback Theatre worldwide.