72finalJoSalas-81-2Jo Salas is a writer, a social activist, and devoted grandmother. She grew up in New Zealand and now lives two hours north of New York City near woods and mountains. Jo’s fiction includes the novels Dancing with Diana (Codhill Press, 2015, and the forthcoming Mrs. Lowe-Porter (JackLeg Press, 2023). Her short stories have appeared in literary journals and anthologies. Her story “After,” in the anthology Facing the Change: Personal Encounters with Global Warming was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Other short stories have won or been shortlisted for awards.

Jo is also the cofounder of Playback Theatre, an original form of interactive theatre based on personal stories now practiced worldwide. Her nonfiction writing has chronicled and explored Playback Theatre since its inception, with many publications including Improvising Real Life: Personal Story in Playback Theatre, now published in ten translations and a 20th anniversary edition.

You can write to Jo at josalas5566@gmail.com.

Playback Theatre links:

PLAYBACK THEATRE REFLECTS  features thoughtful writing by international Playback Theatre practitioners and theorists.

Centre for Playback Theatre for training in Playback Theatre

Hudson River Playback Theatre founded by Jo in 1990.

“Everyone has a story”: Jo’sTEDx talk

Tusitala Publishing for books about Playback Theatre