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ImprovBoston Outreach Scholarship

ImprovBoston’s mission 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. Furthermore, we believe that diversity happens when one is intentional about it. In this spirit, we offer the ImprovBoston Outreach Scholarship to foster diversity both onstage and off. 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, contingent on satisfactory attendance and success in class. The Outreach Scholarship primarily aims to further open the world of ImprovBoston to people of color, though individuals who identify with any minority background, culture, or community are welcome to apply. Scholarships, discounts and internships are available through ImprovBoston to ensure the art of comedy is accessible to all.

Scholarship Application (link)

You may apply for an Outreach Scholarship in our Comedy School by filling out this form, along with any other required materials.

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

• You must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
• Demonstrate a financial need by providing two of the following: a current pay stub, W­2 documentation, and/or a personal letter expressing indigent need or financial hardship, or a recommendation letter from a teacher, director or comedy/acting professional.
• You must be in excellent physical and mental health.
• Only complete applications will be considered.

Application awards are based on availability and need.

ARTIST QUESTIONS

Identify your career goals.

What brought you to ImprovBoston?

Why would you like to be considered for an Outreach Scholarship?

In what ways do you represent diversity and how do you believe your experiences add to your unique perspective as a comedy artist?

What program do you wish to study? (Improv, Musical Improv, Sketch, StandUp)

What are you most excited to learn or explore in the ImprovBoston Comedy School?

All Applicants must provide:

- Application
- One headshot (professional of non­professional)
- Resume of Experience (administrative, theatre, comedy, arts, leadership, etc)

Interested applicants should submit their information via the Google form here
 
 

The No Limits Media and ImprovBoston Disability Scholarship

No Limits Media and ImprovBoston partner to announce the first scholarship to help a person with disabilities learn the art of improvisational comedy. Humor has provided an avenue for many ethnic and racial groups to express their individuality, creativity and insight into the human condition. One of our primary philosophies for improvisation is, "everything you need, you already have in you." We believe disability can foster an engaging narrative and a uniquely empowering comic voice for the benefit of all audiences. Through humor and laughter, people with disability perform alongside improvisers of every stripe as we work towards full inclusion in our society. And we'll have a great time doing it.

Scholarship Application (link)

You may apply for the Disability Scholarship in our Comedy School by filling out this form, along with any other required materials.

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

• You must be at least eighteen (18) years of age
• You must be able to engage productivey in collaboration with others
• Only complete applications will be considered.
 

ARTIST QUESTIONS

In what ways does having a disability and the experiences of dealing with it and society add to your unique perspective as a comedy artist?

What brought you to ImprovBoston?

What program do you wish to study? (Improv, Musical Improv, Sketch, StandUp)

What are you most excited to learn or explore in the ImprovBoston Comedy School?

What, if anything, do you believe ImprovBoston could do to make the classroom and performance environment accessible, productive and welcoming for you? Please note, we have wheelchair accessible classrooms and stages.

All Applicants must provide:

- Application
- One headshot (professional of non­professional)
- Resume of Experience (administrative, theatre, comedy, arts, leadership, etc)
- Letter of intent indicating why you feel you deserve the scholarship and what your plans are for its use
- Your past interests
- Two letters of recommendation (not required, but appreciated)
 
Interested applicants should submit their information via the Google form here
 
 

The Matt Carey Comedy School Scholarship

 

What are the terms of the scholarship?

The Matt Carey Scholarship covers tuition for IMPROV 101 - IMPROV 601 in succession at the ImprovBoston Comedy School. The improv curriculum at ImprovBoston takes the student through six (6) levels of training, from the foundations of improvisation and the art of comedy to preparing for a Free Form improv comedy performance. For detailed information about specific classes and levels, please visit www.improvboston.com/training. The scholarship is non-transferable, non-redeemable and non-refundable. Since the recipient is a representative of ImprovBoston and the Carey family, the scholarship may be revoked in the event that the recipient is deemed either by the ImprovBoston Board of Directors or Carey family to be unworthy of the award, due to illegal or unethical actions.

Who may apply for the scholarship?

The scholarship is open to interested students between 18 and 25 years of age, students 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 his/her talent. There is no minimum level of experience required to apply.

Scholarship Application (link)

WE OFFER THE MATT CAREY SCHOLARSHIPS ON A ROLLING BASIS.

IMPROVBOSTON MAY AWARD AS MANY AS ONE (1) PER SESSION. STUDENTS AWARDED A SCHOLARSHIP MUST ENROLL IN CONSECUTIVE SESSIONS TO MAINTAIN THE SCHOLARSHIP.

All Applicants must provide:

- Application
- One headshot (professional of non­professional)
- Resume of Experience (administrative, theatre, comedy, arts, leadership, etc)
- Letter of intent indicating why you feel you deserve the scholarship and what your plans are for its use
- Your past interests
- Two letters of recommendation (not required, but appreciated)
- A short statement of need
 

Applications are now being accepted.

Interested applicants should submit their information via Google form here
 
 

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.