2020 40 Under 40 Honoree: Abby Fudor
“What we create together is so much funnier, imaginative and unique than what we can create in a room by ourselves.”
Before she had her first child in January, Abby Fudor birthed a different kind of baby — Arcade Comedy Theater, the city’s first nonprofit theater dedicated to the art of improv.
After seven years in operation, Arcade was supposed to be the kid Fudor didn’t have to worry about. Then the pandemic swept in, making comedy nearly impossible to stage at a time when people could really use a reason to laugh.
So Fudor and her team took a move right out of the improv playbook, a mantra of resilience they call “yes, and …” Shows are now performed online and outside in an open-air series called Arcade at the Oasis. Future shows could remain outside with space heaters or head indoors in a limited capacity theater, but Fudor believes it’s vital that they go on.
“What we create together is so much funnier, imaginative and unique than what we can create in a room by ourselves,” she says. “In 2020, wow, we really need that levity and joy.”