Meet The Company

Red Thread Playback Theatre was co-founded by Ira Liss and Rosey Waters in 2019.

Rosey Waters

(Colorado, USA)

Rosey was one of Red Thread Playback Theatre’s co-founders. She is currently the director and an actor in the company. Rosey spent 4 years as a company member of Boulder Playback Theater. She has also been an actor and improvisor for over 35 years and is currently a member of the musical improv team, Too Intense.

Rosey has performed on numerous Denver stages in roles such as Toshia in the original production of Cabaret Kalisz at Theater O and Hattie in 18 Holes for Next Stage.

Ms. Waters founded Imagination Makers Theater Company, where she created, directed and acted in 26 original plays, winning the 2014 Henry award for "Excellence in Educational Theatre".

For the past 34 years, Ms. Waters has been a teaching artist with a focus on teaching educators how to use theater in their classrooms as a way to teach their curriculum.

Ira Liss

(Colorado, USA)

Ira is Red Thread's co-founder and musician. For 13 years, he was an actor, musician, and assistant director with Boulder Playback Theatre.

He has performed as actor, improvisor, pianist, singer, songwriter, MC, poet and entertainer for more than 33 years. Ira began his performing career in NYC, doing standup comedy, singing his original songs in cabarets, and performing with several improv groups. He has acted in numerous plays in Colorado, most notably as co-creator and performer in an original musical, Breaking Open, which was performed in Colorado and in NYC.

Liss has performed his one-man shows, Piano, Poetry & Passion, on the CU-Boulder campus, at the Dairy Center, and as part of the Boulder International Fringe Festival, where he won an audience-choice award.

Company Members:

Ivy Favier

(Ireland)

Ivy has been a member of Red Thread Playback Theatre since 2019 and is currently assistant director, a conductor, and an actor in the company. Ivy relocated from Colorado to Cork, Ireland in 2021, and is also a member of Speak Out Playback Theatre in Cork, and a part-time member of Full Circle Playback Theatre in Dublin.


Ivy was the musician for Two Intense, a musical improv duo in Colorado. Since that experience, she has become an avid songwriter and performed shows of her original works.

She is a multifaceted performing artist who has trained in acting, voice, piano, and dance, and has appeared in many musicals, plays, and concerts. Her favorite stage roles include Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and Gertrude in Suessical the Musical. Ivy has also worked as a stage manager, assistant director, and teaching assistant for children’s theatre classes.

Yoav Groisman

(Israel)

Yoav has been a member of the Playback Theatre troupe, Ensemble in the Moment since 2009. In addition, from 2016-2018 he was a part of a Russian-speaking Israeli playback ensemble, Zazerkalye. He has performed playback in front of a variety of audiences, both in person as well as online in Russian, Hebrew and English languages.

Yoav studied acting as part of a drama course at the Beer Sheva Theatre in Israel. He has a B.A in Humanities and Social sciences from Open University in Israel. As part of his degree, he submitted two course works on theatre.

Yoav is currently a life coach and a community organizer.




Gio Lopez

(Costa Rica)

Gio is currently a member of TriquiTraque Compañía de Teatro Espontáneo, a playback theatre company in Costa Rica. In addition, Gio has been a professional ensemble member of Playback Memphis since 2010.


In 2006, she founded the Bilingual Theatre group Cazateatro in Memphis, where she also had a weekly radio show on Radio Ambiente, a local Hispanic radio station.


Gio was a co-founder of the Latino Cultural Center of Memphis, and for 5 consecutive years, she directed the Vagina Monologues in Spanish.


She has a passion for social justice and has worked at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center as the Training Director, where she facilitated hundreds of training sessions and as a board member of both Workers Interfaith Network and Comunidades Unidas en una Voz.

Duncan Foster

(Thailand)

In London, Duncan was a regular performer with Playback South for 12 years and in Bangkok he was artistic director, actor, and conductor with Bangkok Playback.

As an improvisor, he was in the London group, Grand Theft Improv for many years and was a founding member of the Comedy Club Bangkok improv group.

He has performed clown shows in Spanish prisons, worked on playback and forum theatre projects with Kurdish refugees, volunteered in rural Thailand and run an EU aid project in Turkmenistan.

Duncan’s many acting roles have included: the original 2008 cast, leading role and associate director of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, in London’s West End, plus USA and international tours; composer, narrator and pianist in The Picture of Dorian Gray. In addition, he wrote and performed the role of Shakespeare in his one-man show, “I Will”.

Duncan also translates from Swedish, Spanish and French into English.

Deborah zavos

(Maryland, USA)

Deborah has been performing Playback for over 30 years. She was co-founder of DC Playback Theatre, where she performed and conducted for 12 years. Deborah then started a Jewish women's company called ShemaMa Playback Theater, after which she performed with the playback company, Synergy. She is currently a member with District Community Playback.


Deborah has been a social worker for 35 years, working with at-risk teens and their families using both outdoor adventures as a therapeutic intervention and currently working with teens in a school building.

Panos Tsetsonis

(Greece)

Panos is a founding and current member of Storydrops Playback Theatre Group in Greece since 2018.

Panos’ versatile approach comes from his varied training in theater and contemporary dance, including contact improvisation, instant composition, Butoh and theatrical clown. He did physical theatre at Duende School in Athens, Greece and took classes at Theater of Changes also in Athens. Panos has done dance and theater performances, with notable people such as A.Daniil, El.Patrikiou, E.Tarsenidis and M.Agelou.

He has studied and plays traditional Greek music on the instrument, the oud.

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