Mission & History 2018-01-05T16:13:27+00:00

OUR VISION

Empowered youth building diverse and inclusive communities where all voices are heard.

OUR MISSION

To strengthen young people’s social and emotional skills for every stage in life, through dialogue, creativity and performance.

OUR VALUES

As an organization working toward a socially just and equitable society through youth enrichment and youth empowerment, we uphold these values:
Creativity, Empathy, Respect, Cooperation, Empowered Self-Expression, Diversity & Inclusion, Positive Social Change

OUR HISTORY

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

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.


URBAN IMPROV

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.