Mission Statement

Stomping Ground educates, entertains, and empowers the community – connecting people through comedy. And we won’t stop till everybody’s laughing.

Why Nonprofit?

Stomping Ground has no owner, no shareholders, and no bottom line. What we do have is a group of passionate people with a common goal. Not having a bottom line means that we can focus on how best to serve our students, patrons, and community.

Our funding comes from entertainment revenue, individual donations, or state or federal grants applied to our therapeutic programs for those with special needs. And when we have a great year, our funding goes back into making our programs even greater.

We simply want to share what we love with those who love what we do, and make an impact while making people laugh. Below we listed a few other things we feel passionately about.

Outreach

By working closely with charities, advocacy centers, organizations, schools, and more, we hope to bring laughter to the community at large. We believe the study of comedy has the power to liberate creativity, empower communication, and build bridges within our community. We also offer scholarships, discounts, and internships to ensure the art of comedy is accessible to all.

Inclusion and Diversity

We are a safe space where the diversity of our world is celebrated and reflected in all who are a part of it – audiences,  students, instructors, staff members, performers, producers, directors, and board members; where you are encouraged to be your authentic self, and where you will always be seen and heard. We welcome and embrace all people.

Coopertition

When it comes to other comedy-makers, we believe in “coopertition” over competition. When we support our competitors as we explore the craft of comedy it benefits the art form as a whole. Coopetition encourages learning from each other and assisting your “competitors” when you can, which leads to a more skilled, knowledgeable community producing higher-quality work!

Collaboration

Collaboration cultivates creativity. We offer a hub for comedians to explore and experiment together, so we can continue to expand our existing arts community.