8th Annual NBCU/UCBTNY Diversity Scholarship

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8th Annual NBCU/UCBTNY Diversity Scholarship

Postby SPO » Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:14 pm

2018 NBCU & UCB Theatre NYC Diversity Scholarship Announcement

NBCUniversal and The UCB Theatre NY’s 8th Annual Diversity Scholarship

NBCU will offer scholarships for students to take classes at The UCB Theatre Training Center in NYC.

A live “Finalists Showcase” will take place in August at The UCB Theatre for 10 finalists selected by the Artistic Director of the UCB Theatre NY and NBCU. The 2018 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. The recipient may use the scholarship towards any UCB Training Center class they are eligible for (based on availability).


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 house performers at an improv theater or have completed a core improv course at a recognized longform improv theatre/school to apply. In other words, this scholarship is not for beginners, but for folks with some comedy experience already under their belt.



Diversity Scholarship Finalist Showcase Date: Thursday August 16th, 7pm, UCBT East Village

--semi-finalists will be notified by August 3rd; semi-finalists will audition for NBCU and UCBT in a private audition August 10th, Time TBD; finalists to perform at public showcase will be chosen from this private semi-finalist audition. All days/times are subject to change


All applicants must completely and correctly fill out this google form (https://goo.gl/forms/1fgDJFmdZjCpk1aM2) and include ALL of the following materials:

Create a 3 minutes or less video showing us who you are. It must include the following:
30 Seconds or less, tell us why you think you are a good candidate for the scholarship.
Remaining time should consist of 3-5 characters performed by you. The video does not have to be professionally edited, bells and whistles are not necessary. The Characters performed can be in front of an audience, filmed in your home or elsewhere. Material must be written by you. Do what you think best shows us your range and talent.
Videos longer than 3 minutes will not be watched and will disqualify you from consideration.

Video format:
Link to performance, YouTube preferred
Do NOT send a link/format that requires downloading (like YouSendIt, dropbox etc).
Do NOT send a password protected or private link

If you want your video to be watched and considered, follow these rules!

A performance resume 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.
Do NOT send a file to download or a link to a file to download.

You must fill in all requested contact information.

4. Training Experience
You must provide info on where you have studied improv.

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: https://goo.gl/forms/1fgDJFmdZjCpk1aM2

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: NBCU/UCBT Scholarship_your name

PLEASE NOTE: This is not the UCB NY Training Center Diversity Scholarship. For information on that go to - https://newyork.ucbtrainingcenter.com/diversity

We look forward to your submissions!
Artistic Director, UCBT NYC

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