Over the last 25 years, the Freelance Players and Urban Improv have served more than 75,000 young people in Greater Boston and beyond, and continue to use theater as a vehicle for social change.
Freelance Players, Inc. began in 1974 as a single acting company for young people ages 8 to 16. In the 1980’s, in response to growing demand, the Freelance Players expanded, and today is comprised of six troupes and two Story Theater programs for younger children. The Freelance Players promotes community by building bridges across ethnic, geographic and socioeconomic boundaries.
In 1992, Urban Improv was created by Freelance Players, Inc. in collaboration with the Boston Public Schools as a response to Boston’s escalating violence. Directed to youth in historically under-served communities, the program was initially modeled on the Living Stage, a successful community outreach program of Washington D.C.’s Arena Theatre.