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2017 NBCU & UCB Theatre NYC Diversity Scholarship Announcement 

May 9, 2017

2017 NBCU & UCB Theatre NYC Diversity Scholarship Announcement 

NBC Universal and The UCB Theatre NYC™s 7th Annual Diversity Scholarship 

NBCU will offer scholarships for students to take classes at The UCB Theatre Training Center NYC. 

A live 'Finalists Showcase' will take place in August at The UCB Theatre for 10 finalists selected by the Artistic Director of the UCB Theatre NY and NBCU. The 2017 Diversity Scholar will be selected by both UCBTNY 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. The recipient may use the scholarship towards any UCB Training Center class they are eligible for (based on availability). 


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 to apply. In other words, this scholarship is not for beginners, but for folks with some comedy experience already under their belt. 



Diversity Scholarship Finalist Showcase Date: Thursday August 17th, 7pm, UCBT East Village 

--semi-finalists will be notified by August 3rd; semi-finalists will audition for NBCU and UCBT in a private audition Date TBA; finalists to perform at public showcase will be chosen from this private semi-finalist audition


All applicants must completely and correctly fill out this google form ( and include ALL of the following materials: 

Create a 3 minutes or less video showing us who you are. It must include the following:
Tell us why you think you are a good candidate for the scholarship
Tell us the name of a performer that inspires you and why. 
A short performance of a sketch, stand-up, character monologue or comedic bit you have written. You may use other performers in your video if needed. Be Creative!

Video format: 
Link to performance, YouTube preferred
Do NOT send a link/format that requires downloading (like YouSendIt, dropbox etc). 
Do NOT send a password protected or private link 

If you want your video to be watched and considered, follow these rules! 

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.
Do NOT send a file to download or a link to a file to download. 

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:

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: NBCU/UCBT Scholarship_your name 

We look forward to your submissions!

Src: Julien Darmoni

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2017 Pilot Season Congratulations

Apr 6, 2017

Congratulations UCB performers, writers and alumni working on pilots and new series for the 2017-2018 TV season, including: 

Scott Adsit (voice) - Big Hero 6 (Disney XD)

Beck Bennett (voice) - Ducktales (Disney XD)

Lilan Bowden
(cast) - Andi Mack (Disney Channel)

Brett Gelman
(cast) - Budding Prospects (Amazon)

Mary Holland
(cast) - Household Name (ABC)

Rob Huebel (cast) - Unit Zero (ABC)

Melissa Hunter (cast, writer, EP) - Small Victories (TruTV)

Chris Kelly (writer, director, EP) - Untitled Kelly & Schneider Project (Comedy Central)

Nick Kroll (voice, writer, EP) - Big Mouth (Netflix)

Riki Lindhome (voice) - Morris and the Cow (Amazon)

Jason Mantzoukas (voice) - Big Mouth (Netflix)

Hillary Matthews (cast) - Start Up (ABC)

Jessica McKenna (cast) - Jalen vs. Everybody (ABC)

Jessica McKenna (voice) - Billy Dilley's Super Duper Subterranean Summer (Disney XD)

Kate Micucci (voice) - Ducktales (Disney XD)

Bobby Moynihan (cast) - Me, Myself & I (CBS)

Bobby Moynihan
(voice) - Happy (SYFY)

Bobby Moynihan
(voice) - Ducktales (Disney XD)

John Mulaney (voice) - Big Mouth (Netflix)

Griffin Newman (cast) - The Tick (Amazon)

Dannah Phirman (writer, EP) - Untitled Single Dad Project (ABC)

Amy Poehler (EP) - Household Name (ABC)

Esther Povitsky (cast, writer, EP) - Alone Together (Freeform)

Dana Powell (cast) - Unit Zero (ABC)

Diona Reasonover (cast) - Relatively Happy (NBC)

Rob Riggle (cast) - Untitled Single Dad Project (ABC)

Danielle Schneider (writer, EP) - Untitled Single Dad Project (ABC)

Ben Schwartz (voice) - The New V.I.P.s (Amazon)

Ben Schwartz
(voice) - Ducktales (Disney XD)

Jenny Slate (cast) - Untitled Robespierre & Holm Project (FX)

Jenny Slate
(voice) - Big Mouth (Netflix)

Betsy Sodaro (cast) - Disjointed (Netflix)

Rich Sommer (cast) - Jalen vs. Everybody (ABC)

Casey Wilson (cast) - The Sackett Sisters (NBC)

Lou Wilson (cast) - The Guest Book (TBS)

Src: The Futon Critic

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2017 Writers Guild Awards Winners Announced

Mar 8, 2017