a journey into the arts
Abram began his theater arts career in Eugene, Oregon performing alongside Hannah Fox, daughter of Jonathan Fox, founder of Playback Theater. Falling in love with the form, where personal and collective healing could be held simultaneously, Abram sought out these communities wherever he went. Over the next 10 years, he joined four more Playback troops from Eugene, OR. to Hawaii to Ashland, OR. and the SF Bay Area. Abram studied drama therapy for two years with Roni Alperin through the Living Arts Counseling Center in Berkeley, CA. He also acted as supportive musician for Living Arts Playback and Self Revelatory Theater under the direction of Armand Volkas. Most recently, Abram embarked on a exciting journey into the world of ATP (autobiographical theater performance) where he spent six months during the pandemic turning his living room into a black box theater to present his self-directed, transformative life story over Zoom! At the urging of his dear friend, Gitanjali Hemp, Abram recently founded the Community Theater Meetup in Santa Cruz, CA. for the practice, refinement and discovery of new expressive and healing art forms. Joined by Hannah Muse and friends, a new community-based healing troupe is emerging to support restorative practices in Santa Cruz County and beyond... stay tuned!
"Abram's experience level and the structure he provides allows for the most incredible creative flow. His embodiment of truly knowing this work is also filled with so much trust in all of us to show up, be vulnerable, to see each other, connect with each other, and care for each other. He holds a space for us to create magic together, weaving our stories into a tapestry of loving kindness. He knows exactly what to say to bring us into our presence and reflect back our experiences to one another in a meaningful and profound way." ~ Ruthie Yarme, Community Theater student
"I have been blown away by Abram's ability to take the forms of Playback, Drama Therapy, and Creative Flow, and mix them up to create a space where I can be both an actor and receiver; The yin and the yang of this dance becomes the healing process. Do you know how in sports when you are playing with better players than you, and you subsequently improve? Abram helps me get out of my own way and 'play up' to a new level of the work." ~ Chris Turzo, Community Theater student
Hannah Muse speaks to her experience in Abram Katz's Community Theater Meetup Workshop in Santa Cruz, CA.