Our dynamic programs embody the following Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Key Measures: Creative Self-Expression, Empathy, Conflict Resolution, Relationship Building/Community, and Diversity & Inclusion.
Urban Improv served ALL students ONLINE this year. Teaching artists created realistic scenes on bullying, peer pressure, racism, and more. The facilitator calls “FREEZE!” and students jump into the scene, using their minds, body and creativity to resolve the conflict, and experience their choices first-hand. We piloted topics on loss/grief, anti-racism, and expanded on race, gender, identity.
New: Each workshop began with a land acknowledgement, honoring Indigenous Peoples on the land we work, live and play. It served as an opening exercise and connector in a time of physical separation. Digital films presented each week’s topic and were explored in 30-minute sessions, with expanded dialogue in breakout rooms. The Zoom chat function ignited conversation. Teaching artists performed live-Zoom performances! The first live virtual-theater production was Urban Improv’s very first scene: Marty Roche (Roshay…not Roach!).
9 week residencies in 5 BPS partners (Hale, Haley, Murphy,
Mission Hill, BTU)
48 classrooms- approximately 1,000 students
12,960 minutes on Zoom
21 Digital Classroom Videos
1,482 Video Feedback Surveys
3 IN-PERSON workshops for 8th graders at Mission Hill,
Murphy & Haley Schools
Our after-school, tuition-based musical theater program fosters imagination, self-expression, empathy, and community.
The Troupes and The Shows:
Players: Hamletta & NoZone
Driscoll: Tumbleweed & The Universe and Other Stuff
Jamaica Plain: Follow Your Hooves & Buzz ON!
Needham: America’s Next Top Monster & Monopoly
Newton: The Sacred Secret & New Troubles in Old Town
Spotlight: Write Something & Freelance in the Spotlight
6 troupes ONLINE!
12 live-streamed performances
6 video/streaming productions
1 live-streamed performance
Our after-school program for Boston teens builds self-efficacy through creative exploration of themselves, their community, and social justice.
15 student leaders participated virtually for 22 90-minute
35 hours of creative collaboration in at least as many breakout
• First ever RFL Technology lending library created.
• Community partnership with Boston Camera Club.
• Majority of students reported they would like to return to the
program next year. CAN’T WAIT!
• Culminating performance & YouTube premier in March titled
“The Life That’s Within Us All” featuring original spoken word,
music and dance.
Re:Action Assemblies Interactive assemblies jumpstart healthy dialogue on challenging topics at schools and community groups in New England and beyond.
Youth participants, 6 sites: Groton School (Groton MA), Beaver Country Day School (Newton MA) Madison Park; Development Corporation Youth Programs (Roxbury MA), Kilmer School (West Roxbury MA)
Adult participants: Boston After-School & Beyond, Parent Professional Advocacy League (PPAL)
This year topics covered the spectrum: racism, gender identity, creativity & critical thinking, family/mental health.
The Kilmer School hosted a multi-day assembly series that covered: identity, friendship, family, conflict, communication…and students performed their own scenes on the final day!
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 2020-2021 fiscal year. We remain committed to our students and are grateful for the donors who have given this year, in the face of uncertainty.
Donated Goods & Services: $5,386
Earned Revenue: $103,076
Youth Programs: $804,474
General & Admin: $90,773
Endowment (Restricted), Freelance Players
Total Endowment Amount: $302,807
Appreciation of Endowment: $125,555
2020-2021 Endowment: $177,252
2020-2021 Gift: $25,000
BANNED IN BOSTON
25th Anniversary – April Fool’s Edition
Twenty-five years in the making, our most successful Banned in Boston yet! Over 1,000 guests zoomed together on April 1, 2021 and helped to raise an incredible $620,000 benefitting Boston youth. That’s no joke. Our gratitude goes to Faith Soloway for reimagining with vision; creating the music, script and lyrics. And to Ian Brownell for directing the show from his laptop! Plus, our 40 + person cast! And new this year: thanks to the Boston Globe for their media sponsorship, allowing us to introduce ourselves and mission to thousands of new people! Special thanks to an up and coming star who made his Banned in Boston debut: Stephen Colbert.
Funded in part by Boston Public Schools (BPS) Arts Expansion, a multi-year effort focusing on access, equity and quality arts learning for BPS students. The BPS Arts Expansion Fund, managed by EdVestors, is supported by the Barr Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Katie and Paul Buttenwieser, The Klarman Family Foundation, Linde Family Foundation, and other individuals. BPS Arts Expansion is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
670 Centre St, St 8
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130