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

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

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

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

A Story of Student Transformation through Urban Improv

Diane Ly-Leahy is a 5th-grade math and history teacher at the Richard K. Murphy K-8 School in Dorchester, MA. Here is her story of one of her students' inspired (and inspiring!) response to Urban Improv during the pandemic: During the remote learning process, I implemented the online Classroom Care Packages to help students manage strong

Collin Knight: Live Like A Local

Our former Urban Improv actor-educator, Collin Knight, and his company, Live Like A Local, were recently written up in the The Boston Globe! Read about his company, mission, and motivation, and check out his website; then, rediscover his reflections from last year, as he prepared to leave Rehearsal for Life for his present pastures: The

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