Phil Porter is the co-creator of InterPlay movement. Interplay was developed in 1989 with Cynthia Winton-Henry as a method for exploring all facets of oneself and one’s community. Porter is an author, teacher, philosopher, and performer, integrating song, humor, and movement into his practice of Interplay. He travels the world sharing his unique approach to self-actualization with individuals, businesses, and communities. Porter acts as director of Body Wisdom, Inc., an organization that supports all the activities associated with Interplay therapy. Porter and Winton-Henry also co-founded WING IT! Performance Ensemble, which has evolved into a living improvisation of creative movement and music. Porter’s Interplay has reached thousands of people through the Interplay Life Practice Program and the Interplay Leader Training Program, located throughout the world. Together, Winton-Henry and Porter have lectured internationally and have collaborated on several books.
Contribution to Psychology
Interplay is a therapeutic technique that combines play, creativity, music, narrative, and acting. Through these non-threatening activities, an individual is able to journey through various aspects of their lives, behaviors, and personalities, identifying obstacles and barriers within themselves. This fun and easy to learn method allows individuals to explore how they interact with the world around them, and how they react within their own close relationships. By using several different creative outlets to express emotions, individuals gain a greater insight into their own potential and discover ways to transform negative behavior patterns. Interplay is an effective strategy for overcoming relational obstacles or alleviating social stressors. Additionally, Interplay engages the body, mind, and spirit and enlightens individuals to inner sources of healing for painful and disturbing emotions.
Interplay is practiced throughout the world and participants take on “forms” that allow them to travel through humor, song, solitude, narrative, movement and peace. Relying on the resources found within the spirit, body, and mind, interplay reveals things that previously remained hidden to the participant. The basis of Interplay is fun. Those who participate in Interplay gain awareness to the positive experiences in their lives and realize significant transformations in attitudes, behaviors, and life satisfaction.