improbable Players

Prevention Education Theater



Read our May Newsletter here.

Upcoming events here. Upcoming shows here

We are so, so, so, grateful to the Cummings Foundation for recognizing our legacy of prevention education. We are happy to announce that we are recipients of the Cummings Foundation Sustaining Grant -which will support addiction prevention programs in the Greater Boston Area for the next 10 years!


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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.

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


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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.

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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

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.


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 that is overseen by a board of directors.


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

Andy Short, Co-Director, Outreach

Shahjehan Khan, Development

Anne Uhlman, Outreach Coordinator

Dennis Staroselsky, Actor Development

Michael McLaughlin, Strategy & Business Advisor

Amie Cazel, Asst. Artistic Director, NYC

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.

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

Joe Kelleher, Treasurer, Manager at Gavin House

Chris Everett, Secretary, Co-Director

Anna Cross, Executive Director @ MetroWest Nonprofit Network

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

Catherine Collins, Client Service Representative @ Lakeview Health

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

John Young, Treasurer @ Ashmont Hill Chamber Music



End stigma. End crisis.