Prevention Education Theater

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Cleveland Troupe Launches!

Thanks to the very hard work of Ohio Regional Director, Karen Snyder, Cleveland Troupe is lifting off! Here are the headlines:

  • Our Cleveland Tour is scheduled. See the entire list of shows here.

  • Calling all actors (in recovery)! Auditions are being held 2/14 & 2/15 5:30pm-8pm at 28000 Wolf Rd, Bay Village, OH, 44160. More Details here.

  • Our Cleveland community shows are FREE and open to the public. Please register for free tickets below:

Maelstrom Collaborative Arts on February 19th, 2019 at 6:00pm

North Olmsted Performing Arts Center, February 20th, 2019 at 7:00pm

Parma-Snow Branch of Cuyahoga County Library on February 21st, 2019 at 6:00pm

Westlake Recreation Center (Westshore Young Leaders High School Lock In) on February 22nd, 2019 at 9:30pm

Read about our other big updates at our February Newsletter here.



Improbable Players uses theater performances & workshops to address addiction, alcoholism, and the opioid epidemic. Our performances are 25-45 minutes long followed by a talkback/Q&A. Our workshops give students the space and tools to combat social pressures and find coping strategies that work for them. Our plays are based on true stories and performed by people in recovery. We have touring troupes in New England, NY & NJ, and Cleveland OH!

Our work is appropriate for 6th grade and up. We've also performed at conferences, treatment centers, and community events across the country.


1.1 Million + Young people have seen our shows. 200+ Actors in recovery supported

Improbable Players 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. This is evidence based prevention education.

"The performance is moving student's beliefs, intentions and attitudes regarding substance use and increasing their perceived confidence in asking for help should they ever have an alcohol or other drug problem. The results are in the positive therapeutic range" -Dr. Kelly


to set the stage for prevention by educating the public about addiction and recovery through dramatic performances and theater workshops -presented by actors who are in long-term recovery from addictions -  that help people recognize situations in their own lives and seek the help they need.

Staff & History

Currently Improbable Players has a staff of co-directors who are overseen by a board of directors.

Christina Everett, Co-Director, Board Secretary, Program Manager

Andy Short, Co-Director, Outreach & Development

Karen Snyder, Ohio Regional Director

Amie Cazel, Asst. Dir, New York Troupe

Sam Jones, Outreach Coordinator

Dennis Staroselsky, Actor Development

Michael McLaughlin, Strategy & Business Advisor

Max Copans, Fall Intern

Erin Wilmanns, Fall Intern

Every young person reached, program helped, and actor who worked with the Improbable Players have Lynn Bratley to thank. She founded Improbable Players in 1984. She hired, trained, and coached many actor / teaching artists, developed performances and curriculum guides, and built relationships in the health and theater communities. She earned her BA in Drama from the University of Washington, Seattle, and her M.Ed. in Theater Education at Tufts University. Lynn retired 09/01/2017. Below; Lynn and her husband Chuck at our 30th anniversary celebration.

Lynn and her husband Chuck standing next to each other


Marshall Williams, President, Trustee of The Bob Jolly Charitable Trust

Joe Kelleher, Treasurer, Manager at Gavin House

Anna Cross, Secretary, Executive Director @ MetroWest Nonprofit Network, Board Member @ Mass Nonprofit Network

Elizabeth Addison, Actor Representative, CEO @ This Is Treatment Inc.

Catherine Collins, Client Service Representative @ American Addiction Centers

Bethany Nelson PhD., Professor of Undergraduate Theatre Education @ Emerson College

John Young, Treasurer @ Ashmont Hill Chamber Music

Julia Reddy, MA, Woman’s Service Coordinator @ BSAS

Khalil Saddiq, Co-Chair, MA Poor People’s Campaign

Kathleen Wagner


Over our 34 year history, Improbable Players' innovative programs have been blessed with hundreds of positive articles and pieces. We're working on archiving content that's not currently online, but below is a sampling of what is online.

Boston Globe article on our play tackling the opioid epidemic

WBUR profile of End of the Line

Watertown honors our founder

From our Vermont tour

Boston Voyager interview with Lynn Bratley

Watertown Youth Coalition honors decades of service.

All press inquiries can be directed to Andy Short. Please include "press inquiry" in the subject line along with the name of your publication. You can find our latest press release here.

To learn more about one of our generous granting organizations The Cummings Foundation, click here

Recent Student & Teacher Feedback



End stigma. End crisis.

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