Vancouver improvisational comedy school Blind Tiger Comedy has announced that anyone who identifies as a woman, transgender, genderfluid, or genderqueer can enroll in any of their summer courses for free.
This offer comes as part of the school’s initiative called The Welcome, and is available to students who are new to the school. It applies to all their courses from July through September.
With The Welcome, Blind Tiger Comedy aims to support marginalized communities and bring diverse voices to improv.
“More voices in our classes help us reflect our community more,” says co-director Tom Hill in a press release. “They help us teach, they help us learn, they make us funnier.”
Blind Tiger Comedy has several other initiatives to promote inclusion in its classes, including its Diversity Scholarship, and regular free classes for people of colour and those who identify as women-trans-femme.
The directors of the school hope The Welcome will encourage people to try improv who may have otherwise felt uncomfortable doing so.
“Improv is a fountain of joy,” says co-director Caitlin Howden. “It’ll expand and relax your social skills, it will introduce you to other like-minded folks, and above all you’ll laugh and laugh.”
To qualify for this offer, new students must email general manager Helen Camisa at firstname.lastname@example.org confirming which course they would like to take. The course catalogue can be found here. The school may reach a cap on how many students it can accept.