Urban Improv

• Recipient of the Cummings Foundation 100K for 100 Grant. 2016.
• Recipient of the New England Theatre Conference's regional theatre award. 2012.
• Recipient of the Newman's Own Foundation grant of $50,000. 2008.
• Provided workshops for Facing History and Ourselves' installation titled "Choosing to Participate" that was held at the Boston Public Library. 2008.
• Initiated Reach Four-Five, a three part assembly series, with 4th graders in 10 Boston Public Schools that were new to Urban Improv and successfully reached almost 1,000 students. 2007. Program continues in 2008 with 4th and 5th graders.
• Accepted for inclusion in the Office of Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Model Program Guide as a "promising" program for violence prevention.  Also included in the Community Guide for the government initiative Helping America's Youth. 2006.
• Increased size of artist staff and added second workshop location effectively doubling the reach of the Boston  Public School Workshop Program.  2006.

• Selected for inclusion in the 2005 Catalogue for Philanthropy. 2005.
• Presenter, “Persistently Safe Schools,” the National Conference of the Hamilton Fish Institute on School and Community Violence. 2005.
• Presenter, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Conference: Safe Schools Initiative on Prohibiting Harassment, Bullying, Discrimination and Hate Crimes. 2005.
• Presenter, Boston Public Health Commission and Boston Coalition for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference: “A Day in the Life of an Urban Teen.” 2005.
• Honored with a $50,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. 2004.
• Recognized as “Coming Up Taller” Awards National Semifinalist, presented by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. 2000. 2004.
• Selected for multi-year evaluation by the Hamilton Fish Institute on School and Community Violence, Washington, D.C. 2000. Study is ongoing through the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute.
• Hosted first national conference “RE:ACTION – Stop Youth Violence!” with Facing History and Ourselves and Harvard School of Public Health Youth Violence Prevention Center.  Keynote address delivered by Senator John Kerry to over 200 professionals in attendance.  2003.
• Winner, New England Emmy, Best Children’s Programming, for two-part TV special. “RE: Action!” 2002.
• Presenter at “School-wide Education for Violence Prevention”, a live national satellite broadcast. Conference featured Urban Improv Educational videos. Eastern Kentucky University, 2002.
• Presenter at “Psychological Trauma” Conference, sponsored by Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Psychiatry. 2001, 2002.
• Presenter at “Children’s Right to Non-violence” Conference, sponsored by Ford Hall Forum. Northeastern University, 2001.
• Presenter, Facing History and Ourselves 13th Human Rights and Justice Conference. Cambridge, MA. 2000.
• Presenter at “Team Harmony VII”, conference of more than 12,000 students and teachers, featuring interactive live satellite participation from Belfast, Northern Ireland; Johannesburg, South Africa, and the White House. Fleet Center, Boston, MA. 2000.