Urban Improv

Urban Improv was created in 1992 as a response to Boston’s escalating youth violence. Directed to children at risk, the program was initially modeled on the Living Stage, a successful community outreach program in Washington D.C.

The Freelance Players, Inc., in collaboration with the Boston Public Schools, launched Urban Improv after a year of research, evaluation, and fund raising.  A professional acting ensemble with experience in education, psychology, and theater for young people now runs the program.

Urban Improv has worked with many schools and organizations including:

Current Partner Schools include: Boston Teacher's Union School, Mission Hill K-8 School, Murphy K-8 School, St. Patrick's School, Mission Grammar School/Cathedral High School

Facing History and Ourselves

Children’s Hospital Boston

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Boston Public Health Commission

City Year

Camp Harbor View/Boys & Girls Club Boston

Danbury Federal Correction Institute

National Association of Independent Schools

The Fetzer Institute

Positive Nature


Boston Public Health Commission
Chemung County NAACP
Coalition for Essential Schools

Community Solutions (Boston, MA)
Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts
First Parish (Lincoln, MA)
First Presbyterian Church (Corning, NY)
Governor’s Task Force on Hate Crimes (MA)
Huntington Theater (Boston, MA)
Partners in Prevention at Boston Medical Center
Powderhouse Productions
Steps to Success
Team Harmony Foundation, Inc.
Temple Ohabei Shalom (Brookline, MA)
Temple Shir Tikva (Wayland, MA)
The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute

New England Aquarium
Woburn Police Department (MA)

Murphy - 5th Grade.JPG

Massachusetts Schools that have participated in Urban Improv Special Workshops and Assemblies:

Belmont Hill School, Boston Lab Charter School, Buckingham Browne & Nichols, Carroll School, Horace Mann Charter School, Ben Franklin Charter School, Carroll School, Governor Dummer Academy, Everett Elementary, Fifield Elementary, Garfield Elementary, Harvard University, Hennigan Elementary, Higgins Middle School, Landmark School, Lee Elementary, Milton Academy, Nashoba Brooks, Ohrenberger Elementary, Perry Elementary, Philbrick Elementary, St. John's Prep, St. Marks School, Stone Elementary, Thayer Academy, The Landmark School, The Park School, Pierce School, The Pike School, Wellesley Middle School, Weston Middle School, Winsor School

Out-of-state schools

Academy of Learning and Technology (Nashua, NH)
Broadway Middle School (Elmira, NY)
Green Farms Academy (Green Farms, CT)
Griswald Elementary School (Griswald, CT)
Northside-Blodgett Middle School (Corning, NY)
Providence Day School (Providence, RI)
Thomas Aquinas High School (Dover, NH)

Boston Public Schools that have participated in Urban Improv Workshop Series:
Mission Hill

Orchard Garden

Boston Arts Academy

Charlestown High
Excel High
Health Careers Academy
International High School
Madison Park High
New Mission High