Ellen Idelson Diversity Scholarship – info & application

The Ellen Idelson Diversity Scholarship is awarded to students who wish to study narrative improvisation at The Impro Theatre School. The Scholarship’s purpose is to expand the diversity of the unscripted theatre community. We believe that a diverse community of performers is essential to artful and meaningful storytelling. We hope to bring new voices, opinions, and experiences to enrich our community and our stage by cultivating a varied community of improvisers. We are seeking to increase our diversity of race, ethnicity, age, individuals with disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identification as well as economic diversity.
The Scholarship covers tuition for one year of classes at the Impro Theatre School, valued at approximately $2000. (It cannot be applied toward special programs like our intensives, Winterfest, specialty workshops, etc.) All levels of experience are welcome to apply.

Ellen Idelson was the co-founder of LA Theatresports, the creator of Kidprov, and an extremely talented actor, writer and improviser. Her talent, passion, and warm, contagious spirit influenced a generation of improvisers, shaped the growth of narrative improvisation in Los Angeles, and still inspires how Impro Theatre engages with the world.

The Scholarship is awarded annually each spring.
The next application window will be in January 2020. We will conduct interviews with top candidates and then select scholarship recipients about 4 weeks after the window closes. Applicants must complete the application below before the end of the application window. The number of Scholarship recipients will vary from cycle to cycle and will be partly determined by the number and quality of the applications we receive.

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All applications will be reviewed by Impro Theatre. Criteria include but are not limited to the following:
A. Those who express a strong desire to study at the Impro Theatre School.
B. Applicants from diverse backgrounds. We are looking to expand the diversity of our community in many ways, including but not limited to racial identity, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, gender identity, differently-abled persons, age, socio-economic status, and more.
C. College students and recent graduates.
D. Individuals with strong financial need.
For questions, contact Impro Theatre’s Managing Director Rick Bernstein, at rick@improtheatre.com. Impro Theatre is located at 1727 N. Vermont Ave., #211, Los Angeles, CA 90027. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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