Rehearsal for Life, through the programming of Urban Improv and the Freelance Players, uses theater as a vehicle for social change, empowering young people through creativity, dialogue and performance. We have proudly served over 80,000 young people in Boston and beyond with our dynamic, interactive social and emotional learning programs.



Urban Improv is an interactive program for young people that uses structured improvisational theater workshops to strengthen social and emotional (SEL) skills and help students deal creatively with real-life challenges through dialogue and performance.


The Freelance Players engages youth in the creation and performance of original musical theater for audiences of all ages, while fostering imagination, self-expression and mutual respect in young people.

years dedicated to empowering youth in Boston and beyond
program participants in 2017/18 school year
young people reached through our programs


Rehearsal for Life | Commitment to Community Health 

As we transition back to in-person programming, Rehearsal for Life is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all of our students, families and staff.  Our goal is to maintain the physical and mental health and general well being of our community, while continuing to offer the same joyful, creative spaces we always have. With that in mind, and in addition to the current guidelines recommended by the Center of Disease Control, the state of Massachusetts, and the cities in which we operate, here is our plan for the 2021-2022 season:

We are requiring each of our staff members to be vaccinated. 

While we highly encourage our students and families to protect themselves by getting vaccinated, we are not requiring eligible students to be vaccinated to participate in our programs. However, in some cases, there may be a vaccination requirement for the site in which our programs operate. The program coordinator will inform enrolled families of this in advance of the season. 

We are requiring that every staff member and enrolled family complete a Community Health Commitment Form/Waiver before attending a rehearsal or workshop.

All staff and students are required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status while indoors.

All staff, students and families must monitor themselves for Covid-19 symptoms and can only attend a rehearsal or workshop if they are symptom free. 

All staff, students and families must confirm that they have not come into contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 14 days before attending a rehearsal or workshop.

Programming will be implemented so that physical distancing (as set forth by state and local guidance) will be observed both indoors and out.

Physical contact will be minimized.

Hand washing will be encouraged and hand sanitizer made available.

As CDC, state and local guidelines change, we will amend these policies accordingly. We also acknowledge that, despite following these guidelines with precision and intention, infection and/or transmission of Covid-19 remains a possibility. Please refer to these CDC guidelines on protecting yourself and others for clarity and further guidance. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

Thank you, 

The Rehearsal for Life Team 

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