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News (Edmonton): Applications Open for Rapid Fire Theatre’s Diversity Scholarship

News (Edmonton): Applications Open for Rapid Fire Theatre’s Diversity Scholarship


Rapid Fire Theatre

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE 2017/18 SEASON. All applicants will be contacted.

Rapid Fire Theatre is thrilled to continue the RFT Diversity Scholarship Program that we first launched last season, and re-introduced in September of this season. One major change for the 2017/18 season is that rather than award one single applicant for the entire season, we will award 5 applicants: 2 from September through to December, and now 3 more will be awarded for the January to June portion of our season.

We believe in strength through diversity. We believe that the diverse collective perspectives of our performers and students results in better programming. We recognize that our company has work to do to better represent Edmonton’s diverse population in our classrooms and on our stages.

Rapid Fire Theatre is a leader in improv performance and education. Our workshops are fun, supportive, and welcoming environments where positivity, risk-taking, and happy failures are encouraged.

The objective of this scholarship is to increase the representation of diverse voices in our vibrant and open community, and to provide access to our public improv workshops to eager and excited students for whom money is a barrier. Diversity can include ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, or age. By sharing the award among 5 individuals, this better allows us to achieve this objective.

Each of the 5 scholarships is for two of our public workshop courses, to a maximum value of $700 CAN. The successful applicants will be able to take any of the workshops available that they qualify for (ie: a student should take level 1 before level 2, etc). The recipients of the scholarship will be expected to attend a minimum of 75% of the classes in each session they take, and will be held to the same expected learner outcomes as all students to advance to higher level workshops. Applicants must be at least 17 years of age.

Students of all experience levels are encouraged to apply.

We encourage people of all abilities to apply. If applicants require the assistance of an aide to participate in our programs, we will gladly welcome your aide to our classroom as well. However, at this time we cannot offer additional financial support to pay for an aide’s services.

The deadline for applications is Monday, December 18th, 11:59 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Director of Education Joe Vanderhelm at or Associate Director of Education Joleen Ballendine at

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