It’s easy to say you want to give diversity a voice, but actions will always speak louder. We believe that diversity happens when one is intentional about it. Stomping Ground Comedy is committed to diversity and inclusion because this art form will die if it does not fulfill the promise that “improv is for everyone” and make sure all voices are heard and represented with dignity and respect. We want our space to be a reflection of the DFW community; one that showcases the people, performers, and perspectives that make Dallas different. We don’t want to merely give diverse groups their allotted time or corner of the sky; we want all of our shows and flagship teams to reflect the diversity of DFW and we seek to diversify improv as a whole. At Stomping Ground Comedy we don’t believe in merely making space at the table, we think you should just take the whole table. Our team of Directors, Diversity Advisor and Advocates respectively, work to make the theater and training center a place that finds and gives a voice to people from all backgrounds and walks of life. Their strategy is to find artists in different disciplines throughout the community and to introduce them to Stomping Ground for improv, bringing word of mouth and validity to improv. Once in the door, Stomping Ground ensure participants will have continuing opportunities and support.
The Student Scholarship is open to those with an interest in using Stomping Ground training as a way to pursue a career in performance, writing or directing. Scholarship selection is based on whether students are from a diverse or traditionally marginalized population, financial need, and commitment and interest in comedy. If chosen for this scholarship, it is applicable for the entirety of the student’s training at Stomping Ground.