Exploring Loss & Grief through Urban Improv

During the 2020-2021 school year, Urban Improv partnered with Dr. Joseph Spinazzola and the Foundation Trust to innovate a new curriculum exploring loss and grief. The result has been three new filmed scenes called “After Koda,” in which a group of young people grapple with the recent sudden death of a young friend. Our collaborative,

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

Meet Jackson Jirard, Urban Improv Associate Director

Multitalented wearer of many hats (sometimes literally), Urban Improv's new Associate Director Jackson Jirard has worked, trained and served as a dancer, choreographer, actor, academic and more before joining our team late this summer. Here, Marketing Associate Emily Duggan asks him a few questions to introduce him to the Rehearsal for Life community.  1. How