Ellen Idelson Diversity Scholarship – info & application

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As part of our mission, Impro Theatre embraces diversity, equity and inclusiveness, and we are continually striving to bring new voices, opinions, and experiences to the unscripted theatre community. We believe that a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community is essential to artful and meaningful storytelling. We seek to increase our diversity of race, ethnicity, culture, age, individuals with disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identification, as well as economic diversity, across our community.

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

The Ellen Idelson Diversity Scholarships provide selected students the opportunity to study narrative improvisation with us. Scholarship recipients are typically granted tuition for 12 months of classes at the Impro Theatre School in Los Angeles, valued at approximately $2,000. After 6 months of taking classes, recipients will undergo a simple review process that takes a look at their attendance record, adherence to our Code of Conduct, and more, to determine their eligibility for the remaining 6 months of the Scholarship.

• Prior to enrollment in their first class, recipients will be required to sign and return an Agreement form which details expectations and our Code of Conduct for the Impro Theatre School.
• Current or previous scholarship recipients are not eligible for future scholarships.
• Applicants who do not receive a Scholarship may be awarded a free specialty class taught by our Main Company faculty, tickets to a show at the Impro Studio, and/or a discounted rate for their first class at The Impro Theatre School. Applicants may be notified by an Impro Theatre School Administrator to offer support if you want to enroll in a class.
• We receive applications from many qualified applicants every year, and the selection process has been very competitive. In the event you are not selected for a Scholarship, we encourage you to re-apply next year.
For questions, contact Impro Theatre’s Managing Director Rick Bernstein at rick @ improtheatre . com [remove spaces]. Impro Theatre is located at 1727 N. Vermont Ave., #211, Los Angeles, California, 90027. Impro Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

All levels of experience are welcome to apply. Each year, we typically offer multiple Scholarships, and the number of Scholarships depends on the number and quality of applications we receive. The Scholarship will be applied toward classes in our standard curriculum and may not be applied toward special programs such as the Summer Intensive, WinterFest classes, Drop-ins, specialty classes, etc.

The application asks that you submit a headshot/photo and a resume if you have them, and there are three essay questions. We encourage you to prepare your materials ahead of time before filling out this application. It is not possible to save your application in mid-process and return to it later. If you close your browser prior to submitting the application, you will lose all of your information.

TIMELINE (subject to change)
Scholarships are awarded annually each spring. Applicants can typically apply for Scholarships starting in December, and the application window continues through January. In light of the COVID pandemic, we have not yet established an application timeline for 2021.
Applications are reviewed by a selection committee comprised of Main Company faculty, current students, and Impro Theatre staff. The ideal candidates:
A. Will possess and express a strong desire to study at the Impro Theatre School.
B. Will have 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. May be college students and/or recent graduates.
D. May express and demonstrate a strong financial need.
E. May already be familiar with Impro Theatre’s programming, including having taken classes with us, and/or attended our performances at the Impro Studio or elsewhere. (While it is not required, applicants are encouraged to see a performance by Impro Theatre's Main Company prior to applying as it demonstrates the skills taught at the School.)


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