Learn Our Method
The Urban Improv staff is available to train educators, community leaders, and other professionals working with youth. We'll show you how to use our innovative methodology and provide specific guidance on confronting issues such as bullying, peer-pressure and prejudice.
Participants experientially learn our method by acting in structured improvisations with our team of expert actors/educators, and explore pressing topics in depth with fellow colleagues.
Urban Improvís effectiveness has been recognized by the Hamilton Fish Institute on School and Community Violence and proven by the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute.
The Urban Improv Training Team:
Toby Dewey, artistic director, holds a M.Ed. from Antioch College and is also the director of the Charles River Creative Arts, a multi-arts program for children 8-15.
Merle Perkins, a founding member of Urban Improv, has played a variety of roles in regional theaters and in commercial and film. She appeared recently in the last season of Six Feet Under.
Kevin Smith is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and has worked with many local theater troupes. He also teaches at Creative Arts at Park.
Faith Soloway, musical director, writes and performs in original musical productions and is a resident artist with both The Freelance Players and the Charles River Creative Arts program.
Dr. Joseph Spinazzola, Executive Director of the Trauma Center, has overseen the evaluation of Urban Improv for the past four years. He is currently co-developing new curricula for elementary school teachers and students exposed to violence.
Dr. Marla Zucker is the Assistant Director of the Trauma Center. Dr. Zucker also works clinically with traumatized children, adolescents, and adults.