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NBC and The UCB Theatre NY's 6th Annual Diversity Scholarship

May 18, 2016

NBC will offer scholarships to students of the UCB Training Center NYC. 

A live "Finalists Showcase" will be scheduled in late summer at the UCB Theatre for 10 finalists selected by the Artistic Director of the UCB Theatre NY and NBC. The 2016 Diversity Scholar will be selected by both UCBT and NBCU executives based on the performances at the showcase. 

The scholarship recipient must be located in or around New York City. The recipient will be responsible for their own transportation costs to and from New York City for classes. If the recipient is eligible, the scholarship can be used for UCB Advanced Classes (specific classes based on availability). 


WHO CAN APPLY?

This scholarship seeks to celebrate voices that are underrepresented in professional comedy jobs. Unfortunately, that tends to be anyone who isn't a straight white male in their 20s. So, we invite all performers, particularly women and people from diverse backgrounds less commonly seen on the comedy stages of NYC, who are currently house performers at an improv theater or have completed a core improv course at a recognized longform improv theatre/school. In other words, this scholarship is not for beginners, but for folks with some comedy experience already under their belt. 

SUBMISSION WINDOW OPENS: May 13th 2016

SUBMISSION WINDOW CLOSES: July 1st, 11:59 EDT, 2016

Diversity Scholarship Finalist Showcase Date: Thursday August 18, 7pm, UCBT East Village 

--semi-finalists will be notified by August 5th; semi-finalists will audition for NBC and UCBT in a private audition; finalists to perform at public showcase will be chosen from private semi-finalist audition


HOW DO YOU APPLY?

All applications must completely and correctly fill out a google form (http://goo.gl/forms/64G2NIMDPE) that must include the following materials: 

1. VIDEO 
Create a 3 minutes or less video showing us who you are. Videos exceeding 3 minutes will not be watched and your submission will not be considered. Please tell us why you are a good candidate for the program, a description of your diverse background, and who your comedic role models are and why. The video should also include a short performance of a sketch, stand-up, character monologue and/or comedic bit that you have written. You may use other performers in your video if needed. Be creative!

In addition to performance footage, please make sure to explicitly answer the following questions:

- Why do you think you are a good candidate for this scholarship? 

- Name the performer who most inspires you. Why?

Video format: Link to performance, youtube preferred. 
Do NOT send a link/format that requires downloading (like YouSendIt, dropbox etc). 
It will not be watched and your submission will not be considered. 

2. Link to Headshot & Resume
A performance resume or a list of your performance or comedy background. Please specify which core improv program you have completed, and/or the theater where you currently perform.

3. CONTACT INFO 
You must fill in all requested contact information. 

Google Form must be completely and correctly filled in or your submission will not be taken into consideration. Here is a link to the form again http://goo.gl/forms/64G2NIMDPE

If you have any questions that have not been answered above, you can email UCBTNY Artistic Director Shannon O'Neill spo at ucbcomedy dot com. Please use the Subject: NBC/UCBT Scholarship_your name 


We look forward to your submissions!
Src: Hilary Kissinger
NBC diversity scholarship