A Message from Executive & Artistic Director Elena Velasco
Our dynamic programs embody the following Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Key Measures: Creative Self-Expression, Empathy, Conflict Resolution, Relationship Building/Community, and Diversity & Inclusion.
635 students served through March 2020
9 Boston neighborhoods represented
24+ topics explored
272 live performances
10 Classroom Care Package videos produced (894 views & counting!)
50+ submissions to our first-ever GROUP SCENE FESTIVAL, featuring original, student-written scenes
6 troupes in 5 towns
21 in-person performances
6 video/streaming productions
1 live-streamed performance
15 student leaders
5 scenes explored
15 sessions before March 2020
22.5 hours of creative collaboration & conversation
100+ Fruit Snacks consumed
~1670 students served
10 topics addressed
2 additional out-of-school-hours trainings (coming back for more!)
8 towns visited: Boston, North Reading, Cambridge, Groton, Belmont, Scituate, Brookline, & New Bedford
Our community is our strength and foundation. Here, we make a special introduction to some of the people who have helped us this year (and some for many, many years). Thank you for all you have given us.
Thank you to the many individuals, organizations, and institutions that have contributed to Rehearsal for Life in the 2019-2020 fiscal year. We had a smaller budget than previous years and a goal for a modest surplus to replenish reserves. We are appreciative of the generosity of many that helped us reach our financial goals in a very difficult fiscal year.
Earned Revenue: $264,393
Donated Goods & Services: $16,365
Youth Programs: $972,861
General & Admin: $102,793
BANNED IN BOSTON
While we were heartbroken not to be able to present Banned in Boston onstage at the House of Blues due to the pandemic, we rallied to focus on Urban Improv. And we did it! Our socially-distanced community “came together” to raise $632,852 for our young people! A HUGE thank you to Jim Braude and Margery Eagan for their introduction to “Virtually Banned,” and to Jimmy Tingle for his impassioned appeal to our audiences and his good humor throughout a tumultuous time. Heart and humor win again!
Photo credits: Rich Crable, Jeph Ellis, Jack Foley, Grant Hamilton, Lisa Kessler, Mike Kligerman, Joshua Lavine, Jamie Ullrich