Since our founding in 1974, the Freelance Players has written, scored, and produced more than 280 original musicals, performed by young people for audiences of all ages. The family-friendly productions are high quality, lively, and joyful.  With ensemble groups for all ages, Freelance uses theater to foster trust, imagination and self-esteem in young people across the greater Boston area.

Starting as one small company more than 40 years ago, Freelance today comprises seven companies and programs in Brookline, Dover, Jamaica Plain, Needham and Newton. 

Each Freelance company mounts two original musicals a year and is staffed by theater professionals. Enrollment is in September and January. In addition to providing training in acting, singing, and dance, our ensemble approach nurtures risk-taking, self-esteem, mutual respect and cooperation among students. 


The Freelance Players Troupe is for young people ages 12 to 16 and meets on Wednesdays at the Driscoll School in Brookline. 

The Charles River Troupe is for young people ages 8 to 12 and meets on Mondays at the Charles River School in Dover. 

The Driscoll Troupe is for young people ages 8 to 12 and meets on Fridays at the Driscoll School in Brookline. 

The Needham Troupe is for young people ages 8 to 12 and meets on Fridays at the Congregational Church in Needham. 

The Newton Troupe is for young people ages 8 to 12 and meets on Mondays at the Parish of St Paul in Newton Highlands. 

The Jamaica Plain Troupe is for young people ages 8 to 12 and meets on Tuesdays at the Hope Church in Jamaica Plain. Performances are at the Footlight Club in JP. 

Story Theater classes are for children ages 5 to 8. Sessions run for eight weeks.

Auditions: Learn more about our non-competitive audition process here.

Thank you for all you do for our communities and so many kids and their families. I delight year after year hearing about and serving witness to the transformation you facilitate in individual kids and through productions and events at Freelance Players and Urban Improv. I am particularly grateful for the loving support, coaching and guidance you have each given to my children. I understand deeply the positive power that talented and compassionate nurturing adults can provide in these tender years of coming into self.
— Shawn Bohen, National Director Strategic Growth and Impact, Year Up