Excellence in playback theatre demands skills in performance, social interaction and the practice of ritual.  Moreover, practitioners have a high ethical responsibility to know enough so that tellers, invited to tell publicly a personal experience, return to the audience satisfied and without regret. Playback theatre can have great power, and for this reason, training is important.

For comprehensive training  see the program of the Centre for Playback Theatre. The Centre is affiliated with nine other playback theatre institutes in different regions of the world–see Centre Affiliates. Other senior practitioners also offer training, such as the program of Bev Hosking and Christian Penny in New Zealand and Paivi Ketonen in Finland.