NBC and The UCB Theater NYC’s 5th Annual Diversity Scholarship
NBC will offer scholarships to students to The UCB Theater Training Center NYC.
A live “Finalists Showcase” will be scheduled in late summer at The UCB Theater for 10 finalists selected by the Artistic Director of the UCB Theatre NY and NBC. The 2015 Diversity Scholar will be selected by both UCBT and NBCU executives based on the performances at the showcase.
The scholarship recipient must be located in or around New York City. The recipient will be responsible for their own transportation costs to and from New York City for classes. If the recipient is eligible, the scholarship can be used for UCB Advanced Classes (specific classes based on availability).
WHO CAN APPLY?
This scholarship seeks to celebrate voices that are underrepresented in professional comedy jobs. Unfortunately, that tends to be anyone who isn't a straight white male in their 20s. So, we invite all performers, particularly women and people from diverse backgrounds less commonly seen on the comedy stages of NYC, who are currently performers at an improv theater or have completed a core improv course at a recognized longform improv theatre/school. In other words, this scholarship is not for beginners, but for folks with some comedy experience already under their belt.
SUBMISSION WINDOW OPENS: May 4th 2015
SUBMISSION WINDOW CLOSES: July 3rd, 2015 at 5pm EST
Diversity Scholarship Finalist Showcase Date: Thursday August 20, 7pm, UCBT East Village
--semi-finalists will be notified by August 7th; semi-finalists will audition for NBC and UCB in a private audition; finalists to perform at public showcase will be chosen from private semi-finalist audition
HOW DO YOU APPLY?
All applications must completely and correctly fill out a google form (http://goo.gl/forms/V7Vw2GF6ji) that must include the following materials:
Create a 3 minutes (or less) video showing us who you are. Please tell us why you are a good candidate for the program, a description of your diverse background, and who your comedic role models are and why. The video should also include a short performance of a sketch, stand-up, character monologue and/or comedic bit that you have written. You may use other performers in your video if needed. Be creative!
In addition to performance footage, please make sure to explicitly answer the following questions:
- Why do you think you are a good candidate for this scholarship?
- Name the performer who most inspires you. Why?
Video format: Link to performance, youtube preferred.
Do NOT send a link/format that requires downloading (like YouSendIt, dropbox etc).
It will not be watched and your submission will not be considered.
2. Link to Headshot & Resume
A performance resumé or a list of your performance or comedy background. Please specify which core improv program you have completed, and/or the theater where you currently perform.
3. CONTACT INFO
You must fill in all requested contact information.
Google Form must be completely and correctly filled in or your submission will not be taken into consideration. Here is a link to the form again http://goo.gl/forms/V7Vw2GF6ji
If you have any questions that have not been answered above, you can email UCBTNY Artistic Director Shannon O’Neill spo at ucbcomedy dot com. Please use the Subject: NBC/UCBT Scholarship_your name
We look forward to your submissions!