Newsletter | October 2020
Connect with Us
This fall, there are a lot of ways to connect with Rehearsal for Life: our virtual Impact Event will celebrate our community of students, educators, staff and supporters; Urban Improv meets its first virtual students next week; Freelance Players rehearsals are underway; and more! 🎃
Impact Event
Kara Elliott-Ortega (courtesy of Jenny Bergman).
Join us for our virtual Impact Event on Thursday, October 22 at 8:30am over Zoom to celebrate the year's accomplishments and look ahead to what comes next. Our featured speaker will be City Hall's Kara Elliott-Ortega, Boston's Chief of Arts and Culture, and you can count on hearing from our students, families and a do-not-miss performance by our Urban Improv ensemble, debuting a new scene and song! 🎃
Urban Improv: See You Soon!
Next week, Urban Improv will begin to meet virtually with our students! For the last month, our ensemble has been hard at work safely producing new content to share in virtual "residencies" with our partner schools. Curriculum topics new this fall include gender equity, anti-racism and loss and grief.
Youth Unscripted Open Houses
Youth Unscripted: Attention teachers and parents of Boston high-schoolers! Do you know a student who wants to explore important social issues, meet new people and get paid? Encourage them to attend one of our open houses for the Youth Unscripted stipended afterschool program, at 4-5pm on either Oct 21 or Oct 28 — click a date to register! (If they're interested but can't make those dates, they can reach out here.)
Re: Action Assemblies: Bring Us to You
Re: Action Assemblies: Bring Urban Improv to your community! Our team of teaching artists work with your school or group to build community and enhance dialogue on difficult issues. Hour-long sessions are available for grades 4-12 on many topics. Fill out our inquiry form to connect. 🎃
Freelance Players: Off and Running!
Freelance Players' Newton Troupe choreographer Clare Donohoe created a "virtual backstage" using graphics, links and a good sense of fun to organize resources for our young performers.
Rehearsals are underway for our six Freelance Players' virtual productions — and changes are in store! Our directors have written and composed brand-new scripts and scores or adapted beloved Freelance classics for Zoom theatre and to reflect contemporary topics.

Plus, we're proud to introduce, debuting this fall, "Freelance in the Spotlight," a remote practice and performance group for Freelance alumni, led by Needham Troupe Director Mary Torpey. 🎃
Upcoming Coffee Chats
Join us at the (virtual) table! Rehearsal for Life hosts semiweekly, informal roundtable conversations over Zoom on Friday mornings. As a community, we share our ideas, experiences, expertise and questions on a variety of topics related to theatre and social justice. Register today for one or more of our upcoming sessions, and bring a friend, too. 🎃

Upcoming topics:
  • 10/30: Restorative Justice in Education
  • 11/13: Nonprofit Board Service
From Insight to Action
Are you familiar with Edwards v. South Carolina? In this landmark Supreme Court case, our nation was reminded of the First Amendment right to peacefully assemble and protest. Teaching our youth about their constitutional rights helps foster a civically-engaged and community-centered mindset. Consider opening a dialogue with the youth in your life about First Amendment rights, which protect their freedom of speech and right to assemble. The Bill of Rights Institute provides resources and activities for launching into family dialogue and creating space for learning together. 🎃
Support Our Students

Your generous contribution today helps us continue to grow our ongoing programming and serve our students, who need our support now more than ever. Thank you for supporting the young people of Boston and beyond at this crucial time.
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