• BAME teachers at Hoopla

BIPOC / BAME teachers

We work with a number of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic teachers across our public improv classes, BIPOC/BAME workshops and shows, corporate training, general shows and public jams.

To help inspire future generations of improvisers we will be recruiting more Black and Asian teachers over this year and next, and increasing the overall percentage of Black and Asian teachers at Hoopla.

already working with Hoopla

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Monica Gaga

Monica is one of Hoopla’s main teachers and teaches across all levels at Hoopla.

She is co-producer of Hoopla and Do the Right Scene’s Special Delivery show for BAME improvisers, and teacher at Hoopla and Do the Right Scene’s Crash Landing workshop for BAME improvisers.

Monica is also Hoopla’s main host for our weekend main-stage shows for professional improv groups, host of our pre-party nights for up and coming new acts, and also regularly hosts our jams for new improvisers.

Monica performs improv in Do The Right Scene, Derek’s Mojo, Tightrope, The Yes Queens, The Playground, The Comedy Store Players and in shows across the London improv scene.

She has also recently appeared in comedy sketches for BBC Three as well as appearing on ITVBe, London Live, BBC History, BBC Radio London, Global Pillage and more.

She trained in Community Theatre at East 15 Acting School.

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Tai Campbell

Tai is co-producer and co-founder of Do the Right Scene’s Special Delivery, Hoopla’s regular show for BAME actors, comedians and improvisers.

He also teaches Do the Right Scene’s and Hoopla’s Crash Landing workshop, Hoopla’s regular workshop for BAME improvisers that supports them onto the improv stage for the first time.

Tai also teaches many of Hoopla’s corporate training workshops.

Tai is a writer, director, editor, comedian and celebrity impressionist.

He is a winner of BBC’s Comedy Writer’s Room with credits on BBC One, BBC Three and Vice.

Tai recently wrote, directed and starred in a number of sketches for BBC3 Comedy, achieving millions of views online.

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Athena Kugblenu

Athena is co-founder and co-producer of Hoopla and Do the Right Scene’s Special Delivery show for BAME improvisers, and teacher at Hoopla and Do the Right Scene’s Crash Landing workshop for BAME improvisers.

Athena is a BBC New Comedy Award Finalist and nominee for the 99 Club Female Comedians’ Bursary. She’s a member of the BBC Comedy Room 2019/20 and was awarded the BBC Felix Dexter Bursary for BAME up-and-coming comedy writers in 2020.

She has written for Radio 4’s News Quiz, Newsjack, The Now Show and is a lead writer for multi cultural sketch show Sketchtopia.

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Mandeep Singh

Mandeep has been working with Hoopla as a cover teacher across Levels 1 and 2 over the last year and we are planning to make him one of our regular core teachers after lockdown.

He also regularly hosts our mega-jam, helping new up and coming improvisers build up experience on stage, and regularly hosts Hoopla main-stage nights.

Mandeep performs in Hoopla house team Gamez, and previously performed in Hoopla house team Story Kitchen.

He is also a writer and performer in Hoopla’s core online comedy team, as well as a writer and performer in sketch group Two Dollar Sock Club.

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Edgar Fernando

Edgar is the co-founder of Hoopla, setting up Hoopla’s shows and workshops in Balham back in 2006!

He created Hoopla’s warm welcoming teaching style and helped set up Hoopla’s 1st improv theatre, show teams, courses structures, teacher training and festival runs.

For a couple of years he was even running Hoopla workshops in Edinburgh!

Edgar has taught across all levels at Hoopla and delivered corporate training.

After moving away from London to start a family Edgar is now running Hoopla’s drop-in workshops in Manchester.

He also works as a criminal defense lawyer and DJ.

recruitment of additional BAME teachers

To help inspire future generations of improvisers we will be recruiting more BIPOC/BAME teachers over this year and next, and increasing the percentage of Black, Asian and Minority teachers at Hoopla as we hopefully bounce back from lockdown to our original size.

Teachers will be recruited from a number of different places:

  • General teacher recruitment.
  • The Do The Right Scene Special Delivery shows for BIPOC/BAME improvisers.
  • The Do The Right Scene Crash Landing workshops for BIPOC/BAME improvisers.
  • From across Hoopla’s regular shows and house teams.
  • From contacts built up from the Do the Right Scene team and also by our shows Producer.
  • General advertising.

 

You can also send a CV at anytime to classes@hooplaimpro.com.