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Scholarships

As part of our mission to serve the community through laughter, ImprovBoston offers several scholarships to lower the barrier of entry to our Comedy School classes.

 

ImprovBoston strives to provide opportunities to all voices to express themselves and make meaningful contributions to the art of comedy and our scholarships are one way we strive to achieve that goal.

The following are the scholarships we offer. More in-depth descriptions can be found below.

The ImprovBoston Inclusivity Scholarship: For those with underrepresented voices

The ImprovBoston Veterans Scholarship: For veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces

The ImprovBoston Scholarship for People with Disabilities:  For people with disabilities

The Matt Carey Scholarship: For college-aged students between 18-25  pursuing a career in in performance/writing/directing

The Michael Martin “New Tricks” Scholarship: For students over the age of 60 who wish to study comedy



Please note the following eligibility requirements must be met in order to proceed with the application process.

- Be at least 18 years of age

- You must be able to engage productively in collaboration with others

- Provide a resume of experience (administrative, theatre, comedy, arts, leadership, etc)

- Provide at least one letter of recommendation (this can come from anyone who knows you well and can attest to your character)

- Only completed applications will be considered

 

Headshots, resumes, and letters can be sent to comedyschool@improvboston.com



To apply for any of our scholarships, fill out this form: ImprovBoston Scholarship Application

Scholarship recipients will be notified via email of their acceptance. Application awards are based on availability and need.



Applications are reviewed and recipients are decided based solely on the application received. Applicants may be asked to interview or submit additional materials.



If awarded a scholarship, the recipient must follow the guidelines outlined below or risk losing the scholarship:

- You must take the levels of your class consecutively.

- You must complete and pass your classes.

- You must follow all policies of the ImprovBoston Theater and its Comedy School, including Code of Conduct and attendance policies.

 

 

2019 ImprovBoston Scholarship Application Deadlines:

 

Session 1, 2019: January - March: Application due November 21, 2018

Session 2, 2019: March - May: Application due February 13, 2019

Session 3, 2019: May - July: Application due April 24, 2019

Session 4, 2019: August - October: Application due July 3, 2019

Session 5, 2019: October - December: Application due September 11, 2019


 

SCHOLARSHIP DESCRIPTIONS

 

The mission of ImprovBoston is to serve the community through laughter. To fulfill that mission, the voices on our stages must reflect the voices in our audiences. As a nonprofit, we believe the study of comedy has the power to liberate creativity, empower communication and build bridges within our community.

 

The ImprovBoston Inclusivity Scholarship

 

We offer the ImprovBoston Inclusivity Scholarship to foster diversity, both onstage and off, for those with underrepresented voices in our community. The scholarship is awarded each session and may be applied to our Improv, Sketch, StandUp or Musical Improv programs. This full tuition scholarship is good from the first level of the chosen program through to its completion.  The Inclusivity Scholarship primarily aims to further open the world of ImprovBoston to people who identify with any minority background, culture, or community that is not being seen or heard.

To apply, click here: ImprovBoston Scholarship Application



The ImprovBoston Veterans Scholarship

 

We at ImprovBoston wish to sincerely thank those who have served bravely in the U.S. Armed Forces by offering full tuition scholarships to interested veterans. This scholarship is awarded each session and may be applied to our Improv, Sketch, StandUp or Musical Improv programs . If desired, this full tuition scholarship is good from the first level of the chosen program through to its completion.



DD214 form (copy) or other proof of service required.



To apply, click here: ImprovBoston Scholarship Application




The ImprovBoston Scholarship for People with Disabilities

 

This scholarship is offered to people with disabilities who wish to explore the art of comedy in all its forms. Humor has provided an avenue for many to express their individuality, creativity, and insight. One of our primary philosophies for improvisation is, "everything you need, you already have in you." Each person has an engaging narrative and a uniquely empowering comic voice and holds the power to impact all audiences. Through humor and laughter, scholarship recipients will learn and perform alongside improvisers of every stripe.



To apply, click here: ImprovBoston Scholarship Application



 

The Matt Carey Improv Scholarship

 

The Matt Carey Scholarship specifically covers tuition for our core Improv program.in succession at the ImprovBoston Comedy School. The improv curriculum at ImprovBoston takes the student on a journey from the foundations of improvisation and the art of comedy to preparing for a Free Form improv comedy performance.  



The scholarship is open to interested college students between 18 and 25 years of age with an interest in using improvisation as a way to pursue a career in performance, writing or directing.

The scholarship will be based largely on need and talent, and will be awarded to the individual on that basis. The goal of this scholarship is to assist a talented individual to further pursue their talent. There is no minimum level of experience required to apply.

Please note the following eligibility requirements must be met in order to proceed with the application process.

You must be between 18-25 years of age



WE OFFER THE MATT CAREY SCHOLARSHIPS ON A ROLLING BASIS.

About Matt Carey

Matt Carey was born in Boston and attended high school in Cambridge. It was during his high school years that he began to channel his natural talent to make people laugh into the field of comedy. He began attending sketch comedy classes at the Cambridge Community School. It was then that Matt answered an ad in The Boston Globe for an audition at ImprovBoston. Although he was not cast in a troupe, a long relationship with ImprovBoston began.

During his college years, Matt was a member of Improv at Vassar and founded The Limit, a comedy group. During the summers he returned to Boston where he performed and took classes at ImprovBoston. Better known as the Matt that looks like Ricky Martin, Matt was a regular and winner at ImprovBoston's Thursday night show, Micetro. In 2003, Matt headed for California where he worked and performed at ImprovOlympic West, Hollywood. He was a sketch comedian and writer with After School Special (at the Comedy Central Stage) and Oh My God This Is Awesome. Matt also was a member of Old People in Yachting Clothes, the ImprovOlympic 2004 Harold Team Champions.

On December 2, Matt and his Improv group Allergic to Todd won their cage match at ImprovOlympic West. On Dec. 3, 2004, Matt Carey, 23, passed away of heart failure. The Matt Carey Scholarship was created to celebrate the talent, ambition, and perseverance Matt exhibited in his short lifetime.

To apply, click here: ImprovBoston Scholarship Application



Michael Martin "New Tricks" Scholarship

 

The Michael Martin “New Tricks” Scholarship is awarded to comedy students age 60 or older. ImprovBoston believes the best improvisers bring all their life experience to the stage. The more life experience, the better the improviser! To help ensure our performers reflect the many voices in the community around us, ImprovBoston is sponsoring this scholarship to make comedy training a reality for our seniors, regardless of financial means.

About Michael Martin

Michael Martin, at 83, was the oldest graduate of our comedy school. He went on to become a founding member of the locally infamous indie improv group, “New Tricks,” an ensemble comprised of actors in their golden years. Mr. Martin and New Tricks performed regularly at ImprovBoston and leave a legacy to inspire the next generation of age-defying comedy dreamers.

Students 60 and older interested in studying at the ImprovBoston Comedy School may apply for the scholarship. The "full ride" scholarship is good through the consecutive completion of any one entire program:Improv, Sketch, StandUp or Musical Improv. ImprovBoston is a nonprofit arts organization with a mission to serve the community through laughter.

Please note the following eligibility requirements must be met in order to proceed with the application process.

• You must be at least sixty (60) years of age.

To apply, click here: ImprovBoston Scholarship Application