Since Urban Improv’s launch in 1992, our staff has developed a curriculum of interactive scenes and songs that provide the formal basis for this program. Curricula are organized into three 9-week units, customized by grade level, which explore various themes, including community, friendship, fairness, self-esteem, healthy eating habits, family diversity, peer pressure, relationship intimacy, racism, systemic oppression, bystander issues and (new for fall 2020) white privilege, loss and grief, gender equity — and more.
Teachers, principals, students, and forces in the world and our lives have helped shape the curriculum over the years, and education and psychology experts have provided advice and review. We work closely with our school partners to ensure that the topics addressed in the workshops are relevant to the needs of their students.
As of fall 2020, our Urban Improv School Residencies are entirely virtual. Virtual classrooms collectively, asynchronously watch and experience short video packages produced by our team of Urban Improv teaching artists; then, during synchronous, virtual “visits” by the ensemble to these online classrooms, students get the chance to interact with the ensemble and the videos’ characters — to ask questions, voice opinions and make choices.
Email our Jamie Ullrich, Urban Improv’s Senior Program Manger, to learn more or discuss a partnership. Interested in a one-time Urban Improv offering? Check out our Re: Action Assemblies!
In the following videos, produced in spring 2020, our current and former teaching-artists explore the 4 core components of the Urban Improv program.