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Code of Conduct for Students on Courses

Background on Hoopla:

Hoopla aim to make impro open and accessible to everyone.

Hoopla aim to provide a fun, friendly, encouraging, trusting, safe and supportive environment where people can enjoy learning, performing and watching improv.

We believe that everyone from all backgrounds can enjoy learning, performing and watching improv. We aim to provide the best training, resources, shows and community that we can to support all improvisers and audiences.

We aim to provide a supportive and welcoming environment to people of all ages, genders, ethnic backgrounds, physical abilities, cultural views, sexual orientations, religions and nationalities, and are currently working to encourage greater diversity and accessibility in the improv scene.

To help this we ask our students and teachers to follow the guidelines below:

- Support each other, on stage and off stage.

- Work together as a team.

- Listen to your scene partner.

- Collaborate (Yes And) with your scene partner, unless it is unsafe or demeaning to do so.

- Collaborate with, rather than compete with, your fellow improvisers.

- Respect physical boundaries and don’t do anything physically dangerous to yourself or your scene partner.

- Respect sexual boundaries, on and off stage.

- Improvise from a place of fun, love, kindness and respect for your fellow improvisers and audience.

- You don't have to be individually clever or funny or make up jokes, the humour comes naturally from the situation and playing as a team.

- Safety, trust and support is always more important than the temporary existence of an improv scene. So if in doubt, stop the scene, and you won’t be made to feel bad for doing so.

- Risky subject matter in scenes is to be treated with full emotional intelligence, and your teacher is there to help you with this.

- Help us to create an environment free from sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism or harassment of any kind, on and off stage.

We ask our students, teachers and performers to respect this at all times.

As an aside, it also helps us to run a fun workshop if you can turn up on time and not use mobile phones in workshops.

If you are concerned about anything:

Hoopla does not tolerate harassment of any kind. If you have a concern or complaint, or are worried about the behaviour of a fellow improviser, teacher, director or audience member, please talk to your teacher or contact one of the following diversity officers:

Steve Roe, hooplaimpro@gmail.com

Company Director, Hoopla Impro.

Georgina Roe, georginabbream@gmail.com

Trained Mental Health Nurse and Health Officer.

Performer with Story Kitchen and works with Hoopla Impro.

Maria Peters, maria.s.peters@gmail.com

Teacher with Hoopla, especially helpful for women and people in the LGBT community.

Gudrun Fritz, g.c.fritz@gmx.net

Founder of The Magic Mad Hat.

Runs improv workshops for the vulnerable, elderly and young people in communities, and also has worked lots with improv for people with dementia. She is external to Hoopla.

Edgar Fernando, edgar_nk@hotmail.com

Improv teacher with Hoopla, currently working to improve our engagement with black and asian communities.

Stephen Davidson, stephendavidson84@gmail.com

Improviser, especially helpful for people in the LGBT community. External to Hoopla.

We offer a variety of people, including some independent from Hoopla, so you can talk to so that you can choose who you are most comfortable with. Your concerns will be listened to and follow up actions agreed and carried out where appropriate. All concerns will be addressed in the strictest confidence between you and your diversity officer.

Talking to us helps us to continue to provide a safe and supportive space, and speaking up will never result in you losing places in shows or similar.

Other Links:

>> Code of Conduct Policy for Performers.

>> Code of Conduct Policy for Teachers.

>> Teaching Guide for Teachers.

>> Diversity and Accessibility Policy.

This document is open to feedback:

Our Code of Conduct & Diversity Policies come from recent consultation with various improvisers, performers, students and diversity officers.

We also received advice and information from other theatre companies, organisation and unions.

We are now at the stage of receiving public feedback, and we’d appreciate your thoughts. If there is anything you would like to add or change please us at hooplaimpro@gmail.com.