Wing & A Prayer Pittsburgh Players  
The InterPlay based- improvisational troupe I direct holds monthly open rehearsals, usually on the 3rd Thursday night of the month. You see the inner workings of a performance troupe and how we prepare for a performance. As a guest you are free to join into the action when invited – (warm up with troupe members, experiment with us as we respond to whatever theme we are playing with) or just stay in the audience role. As with all InterPlay session –  Prepare to be surprised and delighted.   

No charge, but donations to InterPlay Pittsburgh are welcomed and encouraged. For information about the next monthly session call  (412) 708-8724 or go to or like us on  Facebook at InterPlay Pittsburgh 


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“Performing The Book”
 by Sheila K. Collins, PhD

When my book Warrior Mother came out in the fall of 2013, in lieu of traditional book readings, I came up with a way to use the improvisational skills of InterPlay to share the book by performing it. I tried the idea out at the Edinburgh Fringe Book Festival in Scotland with the help of InterPlayers from around the world who had gathered there to perform at the 2013 Fringe Festival.

A book performance involves my reading passages from my book, Warrior Mother: Fierce Love, Unbearable Loss, and Rituals that Heal.  Then the players, on the spot and in the moment, use InterPlay’s singing, dancing, story-telling forms to  join their stories to mine. This creates a one of a kind performance and a most satisfying experience for me as the author and for the participants and audience members as well.

Warrior Mother book performances with participation from locals have happened in book stores, theaters, botanical gardens, libraries, universities, and art studios in Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Oakland and Alameda CA, Fort Worth, Austin and Dallas, TX, and Des Moines, and Iowa City, IA. and Brattleboro, VT. To schedule an event near you call 817 706-4967 _______________________________________________________ Interplayers

InterPlay: Community Play

InterPlay is a story-telling, movement, community-building practice with a focus on ease, connection, reflection, and play. This Playshop, taught by members of the improvisational troupe, Wing & A Prayer Pittsburgh Players introduces the basics of InterPlay and moves along at the speed of the bodies in the room each day. Expect gentle guided activities, lots of relaxation laughter and FUN. People of all ages, and levels of physical abilities welcome!  Family Friendly — Bring the Kids!!

To RSVP, directions or additional information call Lois “Toni” McClendon 412 708-8734 Like us on Facebook at InterPlay Pittsburgh      ___________________________________________________

Lead by master InterPlay teacher, Sheila K. Collins, this two and a half hour playshop explores the life-affirming, moving, singing, storytelling, writing tools of InterPlay.  Looking for the good, we’ll access and share artful ways of navigating through some of life’s challenging circumstances. Dr. Collins shares excerpts from her book, Warrior Mother: Fierce Love, Unbearable Loss and the Rituals that Heal and invites workshop participants to share stories of their own experiences navigating through tough stuff.


InterPlay® Life Practice Program

  • Have more fun!
  • Decrease stress and increase ease.
  • Make wiser, more grounded decisions.
  • Thrive by getting body, mind, heart and spirit to all work together.
  • Find easy ways to change what you want to change in your life: relationships, work, community, home, spirit, body image…
  • Discover your hidden resources.

The InterPlay Life Practice Program is an active, creative way to change your life and change your world. Immerse yourself in the system of InterPlay—ideas and practices that can move you from where you are to where you would like to be.

You will be meeting regularly over a period of time with a small group of fellow InterPlayers. You may use this supportive, affirming community to help you shape your life in ways that are best for you. You will get individual attention from the Program leaders who will help you identify your personal desires and intentions. Although some previous experience with InterPlay is encouraged, there are no prerequisites for taking part in the InterPlay Life Practice Program.

Download a pdf brochure with general details about the Program

The InterPlay® Life Practice Program lead by Sheila K. Collins will be offered in the Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Youngstown area in the fall of 2016. The program begins with the multiple day retreat “The Secrets of InterPlay®” which begins on a Thursday evening and goes through Sunday at noon.The Secrets weekend is followed by four weekend workshops, held each season throughout 2017.