the players' mission: 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.
The Players speak openly about their own recovery experience to reach out to those who struggle with addiction to alcohol and other drugs - their own or someone else's - and help them find their own path to recovery.
company leadershipand board of directors: this page
2017-2018 management leadership team and board of directors
Christina Everett,Program Management and Bookkeeping. Chris joined the Improbable Players as an actor in 2000 and performs in the plays and serves on the Board of Directors. She is member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). She earned her BA in management and theater arts.
Erin Halsey, Development. Erin joined Improbable Players in September of 2016 as an actor and grant writer. Erin is a certified Recovery Coach trained at the New York State Recovery Coach Academy through OASAS (Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services). She earned her BS in Psychology at City College of New York.
Andy Short, Sales and Marketing. Andy performed and taught with Improbable Players from 2013-2015. He has been the drama specialist in a number of schools and other educational institutions. He earned his BA in Theater Education from Emerson College in Boston.
Dennis Staroselsky, Sales and Marketing. Dennis has been an actor and theater teacher at Improbable Players since 2009. He has taught acting at Northeastern and Lesley Universities. A film actor, he is a member of SAG and Actors Equity. He earned his BA in Acting from Boston University and his MA in Educational Theater from the Steinhardt School in New York.
Amie Cazel, MFA, Associate Artistic Director, New York Amie joined the Improbable Players in Boston in 2007. After finishing her MFA in Acting at Catholic University in Washington, DC, Amie moved to New York and rejoined the Players with the NYC troupe. Her many roles with the Players include performing, working as a teaching artist, assisting with administrative duties and now serving as Associate Artistic Director.
outgoing executive director
Lynn Bratley, M.Ed., Founder and Artistic Director. Since 1984 she has hired, trained and coached many actor / teaching artists. She develops new performances and curriculum guides, and builds 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 will be stepping down September 1, 2017)
board of directors
Marshall Williams, Board President
Joe Kelleher, Treasurer works atGavin House, President, CASA
Christina Everett, Secretaryactor representative, improbable Players
David Svendsen, Educator, independent consultant
"recovery carriers are people, usually in recovery, who make recovery infectious to those around them by their openness about their recovery experiences, their quality of life and character, and the compassion they exhibit for those still suffering" - William White, from his website
Improbable Player actor, board member and friend,passed away peacefully on August 2, 2013. This picture shows him as the beleaguered 'Dad' in Improbable Players' "I'll Never Do That!" We miss the sad dignity he brought to this role, his booming joviality, and the joy he brought to young audiences everywhere.
Bob had the foresight before his passing to create a trust to benefit the Boston theater community. With the help of his life-long friend, Marshall Williams, Bob established the Bob Jolly Charitable Trust which makes gifts to theater projects for which a small grant would make a big impact. The fund also gives an annual award to a young actor who embodies the spirit of Bob Jolly. Each year this award is given at the IRNE Awards.
A generous grant from the trust made it possible for the Players to respond to the opioid epidemic and write End of the Line.
Ray presented at the '04 Harvard Addictions Conference: "The Healing Connection: Alcoholics Anonymous"
Improbable Players celebrate the life and work of long-time board member - from 1996 to 2006 - and great friend, Ray B. Stiver. Ray passed away on November 29, 2010. Besides his service work with Improbable Players, he was active in the recovery community and outspoken about his own recovery. He inspired many of us by his work. He was itruly a recovery carrier.