The Comedy Spot provides scholarships for classes to students who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion. Scholarships may also be awarded to students for whom money is a barrier to enrollment.
Scholarships are awarded on a case-by-case and class-by-class basis for all levels of our improv, stand-up, sketch, and film classes. Applicants do not have to audition for this scholarship, but must begin at the 101 level for each type of class. The scholarship is for the opportunity to participate in a class. The recipient does not receive a cash award. Preferential treatment is given to new students who would like to take 101-level classes.
Complete the application below. You may be asked to submit further information, or be asked to be interviewed by phone or in person. It usually takes a couple weeks to to review your application. All applicants will be contacted at the end of the review process, regardless of whether or not a scholarship is awarded.
Our Statement on Diversity and Inclusion
Historically, comedy theaters and the comedy businesses have been generally dominated by straight, white men. Sacramento Comedy Spot has made efforts to support diversity and inclusion on our main stage shows, classrooms, and positions of leadership, such as coaches, instructors, employees, and board members. We strive to enhance these areas so that we can truly reflect the community that we serve. Tokenism is not diversity. Presence is not inclusion. Underrepresented communities must have strength in numbers and be placed in leadership positions to not only feel empowered themselves but to empower the next generation of performers, instructors, and community leaders.
Sacramento Comedy Spot is dedicated to engaging and partnering with organizations, individuals, and communities that are historically underrepresented. Through these partnerships and strategic events, we hope that underrepresented communities will find their way to the Comedy Spot to see shows and participate in classes. This fosters a mutually supportive environment for underrepresented performers while also igniting interest and camaraderie with the community.
Sacramento Comedy Spot is committed to improving the diversity, equity, and inclusion on our stage, in the classroom, and in leadership positions in order to reflect the community we serve:
- Our aim is to educate and inspire people to challenge themselves, make a statement, and tell their story through improv, stand-up, sketch, and film.
- Our hope is that when patrons or students attend a show or class, they see themselves represented.
As leaders and community members, we welcome people to participate in classes and shows, to audition for shows, to volunteer and attend community events with doubled focus on inviting individuals from underrepresented communities to participate.
As coaches, instructors, and veteran performers, we will identify potential talent, especially from underrepresented communities, and offer coaching, notes, guest spots, and help connect that talent to other community members and leaders to allow them to thrive.
Engage. Invite. Mentor. Empower.