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Improbable Players Inc

 22 Mt Auburn Street, #5.
 Watertown, MA 02472
[P] (617) 926-8124
[F] (617) 926-8315
https://www.improbableplayers.org/
[email protected]
Andy  Short
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INCORPORATED: 1989
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EIN 22-2950758

LAST UPDATED: 11/18/2018
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

To set the stage for prevention by educating the public about addiction and recovery through dramatic performances and theater workshops that help audience members recognize situations in their own lives and seek the help they need. Our works are presented by a diverse cast of actors and educators, themselves in long-term recovery, who can provide first hand expertise and the empathy required to inspire meaningful discussion and provide a message of truth and hope.

Mission Statement

To set the stage for prevention by educating the public about addiction and recovery through dramatic performances and theater workshops that help audience members recognize situations in their own lives and seek the help they need. Our works are presented by a diverse cast of actors and educators, themselves in long-term recovery, who can provide first hand expertise and the empathy required to inspire meaningful discussion and provide a message of truth and hope.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $185,000.00
Projected Expense $185,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Performances
  • Theater Workshops

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Overview

Mission Statement

To set the stage for prevention by educating the public about addiction and recovery through dramatic performances and theater workshops that help audience members recognize situations in their own lives and seek the help they need. Our works are presented by a diverse cast of actors and educators, themselves in long-term recovery, who can provide first hand expertise and the empathy required to inspire meaningful discussion and provide a message of truth and hope.


Background Statement

We are a touring theater company founded in 1984 with the vision of intervening in the lives of young people before addictive patterns could be strongly established. The Players use theater as a way to engage students on an emotional level, grab their attention and provide an experience that stays with them. The company has a track record of excellence in presenting performances and drama workshops in schools and community organizations on the East Coast and at national conferences that reach out across race, class and gender boundaries. They provide a compelling first-hand theatrical vision of happiness and social recreation without alcohol or drugs.

Impact Statement

We have been performing the mission of substance use disorder prevention since 1984. With each performance we collect feedback. The sentiments are clear: our work is uniquely impactful because our actors have lived the stories they perform. These are universally relatable stories. This feedback is bolstered by research by John F. Kelly, PhD, ABPP with Recovery Research Institute at MGH. His pre and post show surveys show significant changes in attitudes and knowledge of school age audiences. Dr. Kelly found “strong evidence that Improbable Players performances may be a valuable program to provide substance use education for adolescents. Results show promise for the implementation of creative arts programs in educational settings to educate adolescents on substance use.” 
 
This is evidence based prevention education. 
 

Needs Statement

Funding to support the mission: We strive to present as many free programs as possible. 
 
New Work Development: To develop scenes and stories about addiction and recovery that are compelling, authentic, and relevant.
 
Actor Training/Recruitment: We want to train talented young actors in long term recovery to work with the Players.
 
Geographic Expansion: Our programs and message are needed in areas hardest hit by substance abuse. We'd like to keep branching out.
 
Systems Update: We need to continue to migrate our IT infrastructure (cloud databases, paper documents) .
 
 

CEO Statement

"I started a theater company to change the world one person, one audience at a time. Theater is a powerful way to teach and learn—it captivates, educates and motivates, and one vivid scene is worth a thousand words. The Players' mission: to educate people about a devastating public health problem - the impact of harmful drinking and drug use on our families, our communities, and ourselves. I named it “Improbable” because all the actors are in recovery and the plays come from their stories." (founder and former executive director Lynn Bratley)


Board Chair Statement

"I have known the Director for many years as someone who is also active in organizations that support recovery advocacy and addiction treatment, I have seen the troupe perform many times for National Recovery Day at Boston's State House and for various community substance abuse prevention coalitions. The troupe has great value when it comes to educating people about addiction and recovery. Improbable Players present a high-impact show - the feedback is always enthusiastic and positive." 

Geographic Area Served

Central Massachusetts Region
Greater Boston Region-All Neighborhoods
Greater Boston Region-Allston / Brighton Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Back Bay / Beacon Hill Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Charlestown Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Chinatown Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Dorchester Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Downtown Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-East Boston Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Fenway / Kenmore Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Jamaica Plain Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Mattapan Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Mission Hill Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Roslindale Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Roxbury Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-South Boston Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-South End Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-West Roxbury Neighborhood
Massachusetts-All Regions
Metrowest Region
Northeast Massachusetts Region
Pioneer Valley Region
CAPE &ISLANDS REGION, MA

Improbable Players is a touring theater company headquartered in Watertown, MA. The company has troupes that travel locally in New England, the Tri-State area and nationally.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Education
  2. Mental Health & Crisis Intervention - Substance Abuse Prevention
  3. Education - Secondary & High Schools

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Yes

Programs

Performances

Programs
 Our work is designed to end stigma, educate around substance use disorder, and start a conversation. The disease of addiction thrives in the dark. We help communities bring it into the light and talk about it. We work with schools, towns, parents, and other nonprofits to approach this difficult topic. Together we can stop addiction before it starts and help end the opioid epidemic. All of our programs are aligned to Health and Social Emotional Learning curriculum frameworks.
Plays
Programs can also be implemented individually. All of our plays are performed with minimal set and by actors who are in long term recovery from substance use disorder.
Our “full plays” are performed by four actors, run about 45 minutes in length, and end with a talkback and Q&A. They are all based on true stories. Contact us to learn more. Click to view or to download full descriptions of each piece. Our workshop series also act as a fantastic follow up companion to further explore each piece.
I’ll Never Do That - Who it affects and how we cope; substance use disorder is a family disease.
End of the Line - How it starts; from casual use to opioids. Our first piece to tackle the opioid epidemic head on.
Running on E - Why we we start; the pressures and how to resist.
Interactive
Stages - The misconceptions that lead to substance misuse. This is our sketch revue. It runs 20-25 minutes and features two actors. We cover topics like: beer v. pot, excuses, appearance, peer pressure, and more. This show is also followed by a talkback and Q&A.
Workshops - Improbable Players offers a tried and true workshop curriculum taught by one of our experienced teaching artists. This interactive session is typically with a group of 10-20 students. We convey the latest information and science around substance use disorder. This program is customizable for your org's needs. These are often paired with shows to supercharge prevention education efforts. A selection of our curriculum can be found here.
Lecture/Discussion - Improbable Players staff have decades of collective experience working at the intersection of theater and public health. We are happy to customize a lecture or discussion program for your institution -great for public health orgs, hospitals, police & fire departments, town councils, and more.

Budget  --
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theater
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Families At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

Improbable Players bring addiction out from being a shameful secret, demonstrate that it is a widespread problem, encourage people to talk with someone about their concerns, and ask for help. They help to ERASE THE STIGMA so that people can get help. Young people who felt isolated with their issues speak to someone about it and get the help they need. 

Program Long-Term Success 
The programs have been welcomed into schools and featured at conferences since 1984, because the plays have a strong impact on their audience. In schools, teachers use the plays as a way to talk with their students about the characters and the issues, how addiction is a universal problem, and how recovery is possible for everyone. The plays and discussion with the actors motivate people to ask for help.
Program Success Monitored By 

After every performance the actors answer questions from the stage or facilitate small group discussions. Audience members fill out post-program feedback forms about the performance. Feedback is listened to, measured by the Players’ staff members and frequently used to update the programs and to keep the material current.

Examples of Program Success 
Faculty said:
* "Improbable Players made more of an impact on our students in two hours than the seven weeks of classroom presentations did." 
 
* "We have started a drug and alcohol abuse program at our school which is a direct result of your program."
 
* "I appreciate that the professional theatrical excellence of your performance is what helps bring the scenarios to life but feel certain that in the end it is your candid directness, your willingness to share your individual vulnerability and strength that connects you to the individuals in your audience."
 
* "What an exciting and unique approach to getting your message heard. The faculty and staff were awed by each of your characters, and the way you portrayed them. You have turned your experiential knowledge into a teaching tool for others. What a beautiful gift to give."
 
* "I am happy to state that this kind of program plays a part in what we consider a comprehensive prevention program."

Theater Workshops

 

  • Participatory theater workshops about preventing the harmful effects of drinking and drug use for all ages weave curriculum strands from health and theater.
  • Workshops create material out of improvisations from participants' experiences and stories - a method for groups working to solve community issues called sociodrama.
  • Participants learn about the classic roles that people play where there is substance abuse and how to do a simple intervention. They give voice and action to their solutions to drinking/drug use. 
  • Improbable Players: Using Applied Theater and Sociodrama in Addictions Prevention - a teaching manual, aligns the curriculum frameworks in health and theater arts.

 

Budget  --
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists-in-Residence
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Families At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 
  • Schools and community coalitions partner with Improbable Players to reinforce community prevention lessons with active learning through theater.
  • In a recent workshop with high school students with the Boston Health Commission, Players' teaching artist commented, "...before the work, students were only looking at the problems as sad facts of life.  Putting situations in a dramatic context made them explore a beginning, middle, and a possible end.  They had the opportunity to explore multiple points of view, and by doing so they discovered layers of nuance of the health problems.  It showed us they were thinking about health topics in terms of a community problem instead of a personal problem."
Program Long-Term Success 
  • Theater workshops provide a vivid and dramatic enrichment to comprehensive community prevention strategies. Discussion about scenes presents opportunities to teach basic concepts about alcohol and other drug abuse. Improbable Players' dramatic programs are an enrichment to recovery advocacy organizations who are also searching for ways to promote wellness.
Program Success Monitored By 
  • Success for theater workshops is measured by participants' creative responses: scenes, monologues, journal writing and written feedback forms. 
Examples of Program Success 
  • Here is an example of student writing that demonstrates the student understood the concept of intervention: how can we help another person?
  • Dad, I am really hurt and disappointed at your drinking. You stumble around, and when you drive I am afraid that this is the end and I’m going to die. I have a teacher at my school who works at a detox. Why don’t you go? If you get help you will live like you just started a new life. I really care for you and I don’t want you to die, so please get help and go to a detox or rehab. Your son, Luis

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Challenges:
If anything programs such as ours are needed more than ever before:
  • “American life expectancy at birth declined for the second consecutive year in 2016, fueled by a staggering 21 percent rise in the death rate from drug overdoses." (CDC.gov)
  • Massachusetts ranks 9th in the nation for overdose deaths in 2015 (the most recent year with final counts available), and was counted among states with statistically significant increases in drug overdose death rates for the same year (CDC.gov) 
Opportunities: 
The 2018-2019 fiscal year is underway with a smooth leadership transition to a new and exciting company structure.
  • We have shifted to four co-directors, each specializing in a specific target area: outreach/marketing, program management, actor relations, and  development. 
  • Our Board of Directors has more than doubled in size (now eight-members strong), with an impressive and diverse roster.
  • We had the most successful fundraising year in our 34 year history (with a strong annual appeal and Facebook donation drive)
  • We have hired a string of new actors, and are focusing on refining our current program roster for the rest of the year (no new work is being developed during this transition year)
  • We have a new complete program package available on our website to promote the development of long-term relationships with schools, allowing for future activities (such as deeper, multi-year measurement studies) and building out programs into the school curriculum.
  • We have undergone a digital transformation including a new website, cloud migration of many systems to provide substantial remote access to staff, as well as a planned platform migration of the main company databases.
 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Marshall Williams
CEO Term Start June 2017
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Marshall Williams is the Board Chair since June 2017. The company will be managed by four Co-Directors:

  • Christina Everett - BA in Theater Arts and Management, UMass Boston
  • Erin Halsey - BS in Psychology, City College of New York 
  • Andy Short - BA in Theater Education, Emerson College 
  • Dennis Staroselsky - BFA in Theater Education, NYU Steinhardt
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ms. Lynn Bratley M.Ed. Sept 1984 Sept

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Outstanding Career Achievement to Lynn Bratley Tufts University Graduate School 2003
Arts Excellence Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston 2001

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
Associated Grant Makers 2017
MASSCreative 2017
New England Foundation for the Arts 2017
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Improbable Players has worked successfully since 1984 in collaboration with many community and national organizations to promote substance abuse awareness and prevention through theater to reach their constituencies. The list includes national organizations, state coalitions and task forces, MA Judicial Institute, NIATx, SADD, MADD, National Recovery High School Association, District Attorney's Asset Forfeiture Grant Programs for example. Improbable Players primary collaboration is with schools and colleges in providing a creative component to their integrated comprehensive prevention strategies.
 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 10
Number of Contract Staff 20
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 8
Male: 10
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Exempt

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Marshall Williams
Board Chair Company Affiliation retired
Board Chair Term June 2017 - July 2020
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Christina Everett Boston Casting Voting
Mr. Joe Kelleher Gavin Foundation Voting
Mr. David Svendsen Retired Voting
Mr. Marshall Williams retired Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Maryanne Frangules MOAR, Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery NonVoting
Mr. Roger Oser Ostiguy Recovery High School NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 1
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Improbable Players' Board of Directors' strength is that they are all individuals who have knowledge and passion about prevention. At their urging as of Spring 2012, both of the acting troupes, Boston and New York are launched into development of new scenes and stories to address the growing prescription drug/opioid overdose crisis among youth. This new play development has created the opportunity for leadership, as each of the actors writes and directs their own scene for the new play. This board is strong on support and encouragement.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $130,702 $124,904 $219,486
Total Expenses $167,083 $202,231 $185,271

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $65,328 $29,296 $139,240
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $63,151 $92,224 $69,928
Investment Income, Net of Losses $2,223 -- $5,538
Membership Dues -- $3,384 --
Special Events -- -- $4,780
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $45,506 $125,685 $111,511
Administration Expense $121,481 $62,818 $63,410
Fundraising Expense $96 $13,728 $10,350
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.78 0.62 1.18
Program Expense/Total Expenses 27% 62% 60%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 47% 7%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $190,970 $232,484 $331,551
Current Assets $188,334 $232,484 $297,095
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 --
Current Liabilities $4,284 $0 $8,956
Total Net Assets $186,686 $232,484 $322,595

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 24.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 43.96 -- 33.17

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

A former member of Improbable Players' Board of Directors left a generous bequest of $300K in November 2011 to the Players with no restrictions on how it was to be spent. He was an outspoken recovery advocate who supported the Players work in his lifetime and then in his passing. All of the funds are invested.
  
Improbable Players traditionally earned 70% of their income from sales of programs to schools, and 30% from grant writing to private foundations for free programs to low-income communities. Because of the national economic recession, school budget cuts and national testing preparation (MCAS), the number of Improbable Players’ paid programs was greatly reduced. 

Players is researching publishing the plays and the accompanying educational materials so that they could be available for national distribution. 

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s for FY17 and FY16 and per the reviewed financials for FY15. Additional fundraising expense breakout detail was provided by the Form PC.
 
 

Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

1. Create an artistically excellent and engaging theater piece.

2. Catch the attention of youth at a critical stage of their development in order to help them identify possible issues in their own lives.

3. Teach the basic facts about the harmful effects of drinking or using drugs, increasing knowledge about them and risks.

4. Reinforce prevention education through interaction between the actors and the audience and subsequent follow up in the community, and help people to apply this knowledge to attitudes and behavior choices.

5. Enhance and reinforce the lessons of the community’s overall prevention education program.

6. Reach diverse populations, age, race, socio-economic status. 


2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

 PERFORMANCES

Available for 2017-2018

· "I'll Never Do That!" Humorous short scenes and “Snapshots from a Family” about addiction in a family

· "Stages" How addiction affects us at every stage of our lives

· “End of the Line” Confronting the opioid epidemic

· "Running on E" Four friends face peer pressure 

(Note: The plays align with Massachusetts curriculum frameworks for middle and high school health and theater)

Each program provides educators with
  • Pre-program discussion questions

  •  Posters and optional bookmarks

  • Information for school websites is emailed: a description of the play along with topics for discussion
  •  Post-program discussion questions

  • Evaluation / reflection forms for audience members to evaluate the success of the Players’ visit.

Players’ presence starts important and honest conversations between parents, children, community members and other concerned adults. These conversations lead to greater social awareness by the community of problems that need to be faced and they present available resources so people can act on the information provided.

Theater Workshops

Theater is a powerful way to reach people—it captivates, educates and motivates. Participatory workshops about prevention weave together curriculum strands from health and theater, Theater workshops explore and create material out of improvisations from the participants' experiences in their communities, and teach fundamental acting skills: participants create scenes and stories about issues that they face. This method of groups working to solve community issues is called sociodrama.

Workshop participants learn about the classic roles that people play where there is harmful drinking or drug use and how to do a simple intervention. Participants can give voice and action to their solutions to drinking and other drug use. Learning is documented through their scenes, monologues, journal writing and feedback forms.

Improbable Players: using applied theater and sociodrama in addictions prevention is available. This teaching manual and learning workbook aligns the curriculum frameworks in health and theater arts and provides lessons and ideas for evaluating participant work for the benefit of the community and for funders. Improbable Players’ teaching artists are available for in-service training workshops for teachers.

 


3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

The organization was founded in 1984 by Lynn Bratley, M.Ed. in Theater Education, Tufts University, who is also a woman in long term recovery. Her original vision of intervening in the lives of young people before addictive patterns could be strongly established has shaped the company over its 33 year history. The new management team will be following the original guidelines.

Actors are accepted into the troupe following submission of their resume, an interview and an audition. They must have been successfully clean and sober for at least one year in order to apply.  They receive extensive training in the plays, customer relations, how to adapt the stories of their life experiences to the age of their audience, and how to facilitate effective discussions. Those who express interest are further trained to teach theater workshops. All work part time for the Players and have other jobs in acting, teaching, or music while all remain active in their recovery communities.

 Improbable Players’ teaching artists shatter stereotypes about people who are alcoholics or drug addicts and present a compelling case for audiences to think twice before turning to substance misuse. Serving as positive role models, the diverse troupe of actors demonstrates that the problem crosses all class, racial, gender, and age boundaries.  


4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

   The Players are committed to an authentic representation of the universal themes in substance abuse and recovery that cross all barriers of age, class, race and gender. Each year the Players directly reach over 30,000 people throughout New England, the New York area, and nationally - primarily youth in middle and high schools, but also including colleges, conferences, prisons, recovery centers, professional and community groups. The Players reach all income levels, geographic locations, and racial/ethnic backgrounds including the physically challenged and hearing impaired.

   Continued recognition in the addiction/substance abuse prevention community reinforces Improbable Players’ commitment to excellence and innovation in recovery advocacy through theater.  Over the last five years the Players have performed at the 2012 Harvard Medical School Addictions Conference and taught a theater workshop at the 2014 Cape Cod Symposium for Addictive Disorders. 

The Players are committed to raising their profile and growing their scope of influence beyond their historic performance numbers and audience size and will gauge success in part by the ongoing and growing support from the private foundation and reception of the communities they serve.

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

Improbable Players has a 33-year track record of successfully working with schools and communities to enrich and supplement their health education curriculum efforts: their performances and workshops have long been recognized as a valuable component of an integrated, comprehensive prevention strategy.  The Players have carried the message of hope and prevention to nearly one million middle school, high school and college students over its history. 

Improbable Players stands at the edge of tremendous opportunity, with the growing national movement of recovery advocacy.  Unfinished work includes setting up new troupes in other cities and making a high quality documentary about how the Improbable Players use theater to erase the stigma and teach recovery.