Aging and the Arts by Lois Masten

I run an improv group called the MenoPosse.. We are a group of women with an average age of 50.  My story is the existence of this group at all. I have been an actor for most of my life.  I have produced live theater for the last 12 years. In the world of comedy, I noticed that it mostly is comprised of young men with the occasional young women tossed into the mix.  As an experienced improver, I saw that the voice of the mature woman was completely marginalized. They were just a character in the sets of younger people as they spoke of their wacky mom or out-there grandma.  

The voice of older women has been marginalized and almost absent in the world of comedy. The MenoPosse changes that. Our troupe of 5 draws from hundreds of years of collective experience in our improvisations. We are the life givers of the world who nurture the world.  It's time we are heard. W are speaking up and have created an improv company like no other. I believe that is something to celebrate.



Whitney Kear