Andy Short is an Executive Director and actor with the Improbable Players. Andy is in long term recovery from Substance Use Disorder. He shares his story the goal of helping people develop an understanding of the nature of addiction as well as identifying resources in the community that can assist with prevention.
About Improbable Players
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. In addition to schools, we’ve performed at conferences, treatment centers, and community events across the country.
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