Urban Improv

School Workshop Series

Since our launch in 1993, the Urban Improv staff has developed a curriculum of improvisational scenes and songs that provide the formal basis for the program. Teachers, principals, and students have helped shape the curriculum over the years, and education and psychology experts have provided advice and review.

The curriculum is organized into three, nine-week units that explore various themes:

  • Grade Four: imagination, friendship, self-esteem, peer pressure, conflict, family, fairness.

  • Grade Five: bullying, peer pressure, snitching, physical challenges/differences, prejudice, conflict, coping.
  • Grade Six: responsibility, electronic addiction, bullying, conflict, personal boundaries, homophobia.
  • Grade Seven:bystander, cyber bullying, conflict, peer pressure, prejudice, communication.
  • Grade Eight: gangs, drugs, bystanders, teen pregnancy, racism, homophobia and changing home lives.
  • High School: Violence/conflict resolution, friendship, bystander issues, gangs, drugs, teen pregnancy, homophobia, and racism.

Urban Improv conducts workshop series for the Boston Public Schools four days a week, over 27 weeks of the school year. Typically, an entire class participates once a week for nine weeks. Workshops run for 75 minutes and are held at either the Reggie Lewis Center or the Vine Street Community Center in Roxbury.