Impride, our LGBTQ+ charity improv festival, celebrated its fourth year this June and has now raised over $10,000 dollars for local LGBTQ+ charities in its time!
This year, festival founder and organizer Jesse Suphan, brought 21 improv teams representing 2 countries 8 workshops, raising $2500 for SD Pride youth programs while increasing the visibility of and opportunities for LGBTQ+ improvisers and comedians. New to the line-up this year was a highly popular standup show with local LGBTQ+ comics and FCI students.
Impride continues to be a top Pride Partner with San Diego Pride. Most shows were sold out and received rave reviews. This year we were featured by KUSI, NBC, San Diego Union Tribune, Rage Monthly, San Diego LGBT Times, Who Invited Her Podcast, and many more, helping grow the diversity of students and performers in our programs.
“This summer I had the amazing opportunity to teach improv all over the country. In each city I heard about how much the Impride Festival has inspired others to make an effort to bring LGBTQi+ inclusion to their community. It is incredible to think that this charity festival is not just helping the local community but inspiring so many others around the world.Jesse Suphan, IMPride Fest Organizer
FCI is so grateful for the incredible support from volunteers and performers that help make this event happen. Special thanks to Taylor Elliot, Tess Karesky, Zoey Walker, Tara Wanna, Alex Navarro, and all of our amazing volunteers! Events like this could not exist without a supportive and active community!
FCI also celebrated our LGBTQ+ community during San Diego Pride weekend. Performers, staff, students, and friends marched in the Pride parade, enjoyed meeting people along the parade route at our new location on 6th Ave (right on the parade route), and made hundreds of new friends at our booth at the Pride Music Festival.