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
Lynn Bratley, 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. In 2003 the Tufts Graduate School of Arts & Sciences presented her with the Outstanding Career Achievement award. June 2011 she was inducted into her high school's (Washington Park High School, Racine, WI) Hall of Fame. Christina Everett,Associate Artistic Director Boston, Chris earned her undergraduate degree in management and theatre arts. She is a performing artist and member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).She is also affiliated with Boston Casting, working withproducers, directors, and talent agents to cast television and radio projects. She joined the Improbable Players as an actor in 2000 and performs in the plays, serves on the board, manages the company’s accounting, and coordinates rehearsals.
Brian J., Associate Artistic Director New York, Brian earned a Master of Fine Arts from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, and a BA in English/ Creative Writing from Wesleyan University. He is a member of Actors Equity Association and has worked on productions in major regional theaters. He has been involved with the Improbable Players since 2003 and has acted in all the Players productions. As a teaching artist, he has worked at numerous schools with the Players conducting drama workshops He has an holistic therapy practice, New York Bodywork, is a Certified Massage Therapist and Polarity Therapy Practitioner.
board of directors
Joe Kelleher, Business Manager, Gavin House, President, CASA
Christina Everett, actor representative, improbable Players
"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.