Kickstand Comedy Scholarship Application
WELCOME TO KICKSTAND COMEDY—the fastest growing improv training center in Portland!!!
If you're here then you must be interested in learning how to make sweet sweet comedy, and maybe meet some awesome people along the way too!
The Kickstand Comedy Scholarship is a great opportunity to learn the art of improv comedy from our passionate and experienced faculty consisting local and nationally recognized performers. It’s one of the ways we are working to eliminate financial barriers to seeing and doing comedy, and we are excited to get new voices on our comedy stage.
**Our next round of improv classes starts the week of Monday, October 21, 2019.
The deadline for completing this application is Thursday, October 17, 2019. **
OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY
At Kickstand, we strive to use comedy as a platform to both build up and bring together our community—by celebrating both the things that bind us together and those that make us individuals.
Unfortunately, the comedy community doesn’t currently reflect ALL the people who make Portland great, and we believe that does a disservice to comedy at all levels.
With the Kickstand Comedy Scholarship, we are working to increase representation and opportunity in our theater for historically marginalized identities. Too many aspiring comedians have gone unseen because they didn’t see their faces, bodies, and experiences reflected on stage. And when any portion of Portland isn’t getting space to express their truth, dignity, and worldview—the whole community misses out on growing together.
We understand that scholarships are only a part of the equation when it comes to increasing representation at our theater, but we hope it that decreasing the financial barrier of entry can act as a catalyst to more and more unique voices contributing to the greater comedy community.
To transform and enrich the lives of performers and audiences through comedy. We address the ongoing needs of the community and its diverse perspectives through dynamic shows and community outreach events—creating equity across our organization and beyond while providing opportunities for performance, education, and laughter.
**All scholarship recipients must remain in good standing with the Kickstand Comedy Harassment and Attendance policies (students in violation of either policy are at risk of loss of Internship). **
Please answer the questions to below, but first enjoy a few pics of our shows and staff!
Are you 18 or over?
Do you identify as a person of color?
Prefer Not to Answer
Do you identify as LGBTQIA+ or two spirit?
Prefer Not to Answer
What is the best phone number to reach you at?
Have you applied for an internship with Kickstand Comedy in the past?
Please indicate the class you are interested in enrolling in. Kickstand Leadership approval is required for Level 2. (Any questions? Please email
LEVEL 1 - "Welcome to Kickstand Improv"
LEVEL 2 - "Next Level Scene Work" (Kickstand Leadership Approval Required)
Do you require any classroom accommodations?
Why are you interested in taking improv classes at Kickstand Comedy?
Do you have any prior performing experience? If yes, could you please you elaborate? (Don't worry if you have none, that's why we're here! )
What are your long term goals with comedy? This could be as simple as "to have fun!" or as specific as, "I want to be host my own show some day!"
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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