Get to Know Mr. Harnett of Murphy School Marketing and Development Associate, Kelsey, sat down with  Mr. Jose Harnett, an 8th grade teacher at the Richard J. Murphy School in Dorchester and an Urban Improv partner educator. He shared about his experience with Urban Improv, teaching during a pandemic, and what

What is a Microaggression? Kids want to know.

What is a Microaggression? Kids want to know. Defined as any instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group, microaggressions permeate our culture. Whether in schools, workplaces, or communities, and perhaps not necessarily explicitly malicious, they reflect the institutionalized internal systems that propagate racism, homophobia, sexism and discrimination. In short,

Life Unscripted #3: Youth Unscripted: “The Life That’s Within Us All”

Holly Tarnower (she/her) is a Teaching Artist with Urban Improv and Rehearsal for Life’s Resident Scholar. Her blog, Life Unscripted, offers audiences a deeper look into our organization's work, shedding light on our processes, practices and experiences with students. According to Holly, staying connected to — and being able to look more closely at — a

A Call for Community Action

Friday, March 19, 2021 In theatre for social justice and creative youth development, the term "safe space" is often used. There is a desire for the arts to become a haven for our children in response to the lived experiences that surround them. The reality is that these spaces are not safe for all.  As

Life Unscripted #2: A Conversation on Music in the Urban Improv Classroom

Holly Tarnower (she/her) is a Teaching Artist with Urban Improv and Rehearsal for Life’s Resident Scholar. Her blog, Life Unscripted, offers audiences a deeper look into our organization's work, shedding light on our processes, practices and experiences with students. According to Holly, staying connected to — and being able to look more closely at — a

Peace as a mandate: A Message from Executive & Artistic Director Elena Velasco

Thursday, January 7, 2021 Dear Rehearsal for Life community, Yesterday, our nation should have been celebrating our democracy and the tradition of the peaceful transition of power. Instead, the events that took place exemplified the effects of divisive leadership and deeply-rooted resistance to change that embraces equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism. Yet this is not

Life Unscripted #1: Pivot

On top of serving as an Urban Improv Teaching Artist for almost a decade, Holly Tarnower has recently been hard at work as Rehearsal for Life's Resident Scholar! It brings her joy to debut her new blog, Life Unscripted, which offers audiences a deeper look into our work, shedding light on our processes, practices and experiences

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