​​Free Play Theatre Cooperative


Playback theatre is a form of improvisational storytelling which gives voice and focus to a variety of emotions and narratives. First founded in 1975 by Jonathan Fox and Jo Salas, playback theatre calls on the tradition of oral storytelling, metaphor, and imagery to turn stories into performances. The Brandeis Playback Theatre troupe was founded in Fall 2015.

Leah Nadelman (Stage Manager) is a senior. She is majoring in History with minors in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Anthropology. At her high school she performed in the ensembles of the Drama Department’s productions of The Pirates of Penzances and Les Miserables. Last year she stage managed Columbinus. This year she is the stage manager for Playback Theater and the Production Director for Free Play Theater Cooperative. In her free time she likes to listen to music, color, and watch obscene amounts of Netflix. She is extremely proud of all the hard work the troupe has done!


Sarah Skrovan (Actor) is a senior studying Anthropology. She has participated in many forms of theatre throughout the years, and you may have seen her most recently in Brandeis Free Play's production of Columbinus as Faith. She would like to thank Leah and Amanda for all their dedication, and hopes everyone enjoys Playback!

José Castellanos (Actor) is a senior who likes piña coladas and getting lost in the rain. Though he spends most of his time discussing and studying law and politics, every once in awhile he enjoys a break through theatre. He has enjoyed his experience in Playback so far, and would like to thank friends, family, and George R.R. Martin for only killing off two of his five favorite Game of Thrones characters.

Sivan Spector (Actor) is a senior at Brandeis. She transferred to Brandeis last fall from the University of British Columbia because she wanted to pursue theatre more rigorously than was possible there. She is majoring in Economics and Minoring in Theatre. Theatre is her life's passion, and she especially wants to do people's theatre using the methods of Theatre of the Oppressed developed by Augusto Boal. She is extremely excited to be working in this troupe and empowering people using storytelling.

Amanda Ehrmann (Conductor) is majoring in Theatre and English. Select credits include, Rabbit Hole (Free Play, Producer, 2017), Dry Land (Players, Set Designer, 2017), The Vagina Monologues (Actor, 2017), Circle Mirror Transformation (Free Play, Marty, 2016), Columbinus (Free Play, Director2015), Merchant of Venice (HTP, Nerissa, 2015), A Midsummer Night's Dream (HTP, Snout, 2014), NBC Chicago Fire (Extra, 2013), NeilLaBute New Playwrights Festival (Winner, 2013). Next year, Amanda is moving to Memphis to work for Teach For America!

About Playback

Yair Koas (Actor) is delighted to be taking part in Playback Theater with Free Play Theatre Cooperative. When not acting in stories with Playback, Yair is a junior at Brandeis studying theater, computer science, and a whole lot of unconnected other things. He enjoys practicing martial arts, taking long walks on the beach, dancing, writing, and running a radio show. If none of the above applies, you might find him going to random events on campus (especially if there's free food), or acting in other productions. 

Shaquan McDowell (Actor) is a Fourth-Year at Brandeis. Though majoring in Politics and History with a goal to claim the office of POTUS for himself, Shaquan has found the realm of theatre to provide an amount of enthusiasm, which can not be found anywhere else. He's starred in productions such as The Love of A Nightingale (2015), Columbinus (2015) , Rent (2012), and can seen as a feature on Al Jazeera's DocuSeries "Edge of Eighteen" (2014).  Shaquan is co-founder and President of "The Purple Party" an independent youth political organization, based out of Atlanta. Being his focus is on youth expressing their interest and opinions, he feels the storytelling aspect of Playback to be an effective way, of truly understanding the internal conflicts which our colleagues encounter.

Hannah McCowan (Actor)

Lauren Hill ​(Actor)

​​Current Troupe Members Fall 2017

Past Troupe Members: Dash Marley '15 and Brian Dorfman '16, Shira Harary '17


Current Troupe Members Abroad: Sindy Sura '18