Dear Rehearsal for Life Friends,

As many of you know, our two flagship programs, Urban Improv and the Freelance Players, are newly unified under the name, “Rehearsal for Life.”

Having founded the Freelance Players in 1974, it has also been my privilege to be one of the founders of Urban Improv, our youth empowerment program, now beginning its 26th year. It is the most electrifying model, flexible in its use with school children of all ages, teachers, parents, and social workers, to name a few. It is the best. Both Urban Improv and Freelance Players together serve over 5,000 students annually.

With the strong position that our organization has in Boston today, now is the right time for Rehearsal for Life to be led by those with fresh ideas and new energy. Last year, Yaa D. Acheampong was named Urban Improv’s new Artistic and Education Director as Founding Artistic Director Toby Dewey stepped down.

This year, effective July 1st, I will be stepping aside from the daily operations of Urban Improv.  I will continue as Artistic Advisor to Urban Improv, as well as continuing all of my work in the Freelance Players.  We are blessed that Francie Karlen, who this year served as Co-Executive Director, will become the Executive Director of our organization at this time.

It has been one of the greatest blessings of my life to have this job. I am excited to step into my new role as advisor, to continue to co-produce Banned in Boston and to lead our growing Freelance Players program. Thank you for your continued support as we work to further Rehearsal for Life’s mission to strengthen the social and emotional skills of young people for every stage in life.

So here’s to another 25 years! We are so lucky to have Francie pick up the reins at this time.


Kippy Dewey
Founding Director