Inclusion Mission and Diversity Scholarships
Improv Theatre Sydney works hard to be an inclusive company and improv community. We are a better community for the diversity of voices that comes to our stage and we want to be able to foster that as well as we can. Our objective is to have a far reaching inclusion across all parts of the company that involves diversities of ethnicities (in particular, Aboriginal Australians), sexual orientations, gender identities, ages and abilities.
We also believe firmly that cost should never be prohibitive to those especially interested in learning improv from ITS.
In an effort to reach our objectives, we have a policy towards gender parity in faculty and in ensemble, as seen by a gender balance in show casting and workshop instructors. We also have a mandate that show casts should work to include peoples of colour, members of the LGBTIQA+ community and people representing a variety of ages.
To further help us reach our objectives, ITS offers a handful of inclusion scholarships every year to prospective students.
An inclusion scholarship can be partial or full, depending on the situation of the applicant and comes with the expectation of participation of the recipient.
Participation comes in the form of attending a minimum of 75% of classes (six out of a term of eight classes). Participation in the workshop comes with the expectation that all students adhere to the ITS Students Bill of Rights.
New participants are expected to start at level one, despite level of experience. Applicants to the Actor’s Accelerator can only apply to a partial scholarship.
The scholarship is for the full five levels of the Improv Theatre Sydney curriculum to the value of $2100, though it may also be applied to specialty workshops to the discretion of the Artistic Director and the Outreach, Diversity and Inclusion Officer.
ITS is proud to be a member of the Black Improv Alliance.
The 100 Black Improvisers Partnership is a joint venture among corporate sponsors, improv teachers, and improv schools/theatres which are actively seeking diversity. By pledging to provide a minimum of five scholarships for Black students, each of us contributes to a common goal of getting 100 more Black people into improv 101 by July 2021.
This scholarship is for level one at Improv Theatre Sydney to the value of $430. Applications are open via the form below.
Please take a moment to fill out the below application. Please note that your level of experience wouldn’t necessarily limit your access to a scholarship, it just gives us the best idea of how to support you. If you have any questions about the application or ITS’s inclusion policy, please email our Outreach, Diversity and Inclusion Officer.
Improv Theatre Sydney is proud to claim that we looked to the following companies for inspiration in creating this mission statement. Many thanks to Dad’s Garage and their Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Application, The Philly Improv Theatre’s Diversity Program and The Free Association Diversity Mission.