Last night someone tried to convince me that it's harder to find strong women improvisors - that too many women are afraid to play anything other than "the pretty one." I call bullshit on this. I have never met a woman improvisor who fits that description. Given, my experiences are limited to a year's worth of classes with one DC improv theater, but it outrages me that a discussion would even be framed in this way. The person was quick to qualify that of course there were plenty of bad male improvisors, too. Well, yeah. I personally am tired of seeing a testosterone parade on stage - I see performance after performance with six or seven men and maybe one woman. I was talking to some friends about this and someone said that, "yeah, well, improv is pretty much a white guy thing." Why is that?
I'll come back to this topic. For now, an article I found about women bashing in Chicago improv:Carnival of Misfit Toys