Men in Improv
What’s that Hoopla? You’ve put a section on MEN in your Diversity and Inclusion policy?
That’s right! Because Improv for Everyone means everyone and that includes men.
Just because we are putting on additional shows and workshops to encourage more women into improv doesn’t mean we want less men. We love having men in improv and we want you at Hoopla!
We’re not segregating men and women. Yes we put on additional shows and workshops for women, because they were historically under represented in improv and comedy, but this is to balance things out so that men and women can be equally represented and play as one in improv and at Hoopla.
We want to make sure that the language of inclusion of one group doesn’t accidentally include the exclusion of another group. So to make things really clear: MEN WE WANT YOU IN IMPROV!
Yes, Donald Trump is a man, but that doesn’t mean all men are like Donald Trump. That’s simple logic. But people like him are representing men in the media. More than ever we need to come together and celebrate what is good about men in the improv scene, as well as helping men to safely support others and be part of the wider community.
In the UK men have the highest rates of suicide, and suicide is actually the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45.
Men need to talk to each other and share life experiences, and improv can be a small part of that and we want to encourage it.