It’s an eerie feeling, scrolling through Facebook and seeing blank avatars where profile pics used to be.
This year a number of prominent improvisers were fired, resigned, or banned for sexual harassment or assault. They were teammates, teachers, Artistic Directors. People we looked up to. And it happened not just in one city, but at theatres across North America.
Their silhouettes are a ghostly reminder we need to do better. To listen, believe, and take action when action is necessary. To not be “friends” with everyone.
But they’re also a reminder that change is happening.
This is a chance to rebuild our community. Give women and diversity more representation. And let people who’ve been relegated to the sidelines step forward, take focus, and be heard.
In improv anything’s possible. Let’s make it happen, for real.