LA Diversity Program

The UCB Training Center believes a diverse student body is fundamental to developing rich comedic scenes in improvisation, sketch, and character work.

Through outreach, scholarships, and community events, the UCB Training Center aims to develop a student body that reflects the society in which it exists.

As the curriculum promotes being truthful and drawing from real life when possible, classes are more rewarding when students bring a variety of experiences to the work they do in class and on the stage.

We are looking to increase our diversity of
  • race and ethnicity
  • sexual orientation
  • gender identification
  • people over 40
  • individuals with disabilities
  • U.S. military service members or veterans
In addition to efforts at the UCB Training Center, we support a broad range of community organizations that foster inclusion, encourage diversity and are committed to advancing comedic opportunities for under-served communities.

Have a look at the information below and if you have any questions please email Anna Rajo at [email protected]


Each year UCB offers 300 new and returning students scholarship credits to study for free at the Training Center.

The application window is open in March and September. March 2018 Scholarship recipients will be notified by April 20th, 2018. 

The next application window is open from September 1st- 15th, 2018.

During that time period, there will be a link on this page where you can access an online essay application. 

Based on the strongest and/or most interesting essays we receive, we set up one-on-one interviews with select applicants. We are looking to increase the diversity of our community in many areas (e.g. racial identity, ethnic identity, sexual orientation and gender identity, differently-abled persons, former service members, and individuals above the age of 40.) When filling out your essay, try to answer humorously, honestly and share with us why your experience is so unique.

If you're interested in applying, keep these dates in mind:
-September 1-15 is the application window, no exceptions. 
-If you are selected for an interview, you will be notified around October 1st.
-Interviews will be held around October 6th-13th.
-Scholarship recipients will be notified around October 20th, 2018. 

Note: You do not need to apply for or receive a scholarship to participate in other elements of the Diversity Program.


Once a month the LA Diversity Committee hosts a panel in Inner Sanctum. The panels could be Q&A's with professionals in the comedy industry with diverse backgrounds (Keegan-Michael Key and Brian Gallivan are past guests), conversations with diverse performers on our house teams, discussions on issues facing our diverse students or just a fun hang out and a chance to commune with other members of this community.

Typically the Diversity 'New Brain' Panel is the first Saturday of the month 12pm - 2pm. Panel topics, guests and any changes in schedule can be found on the Inner Sanctum schedule



We host a weekly free improv jam in the Inner Sanctum for performers of all experience levels. The jam, "Everybody Get in Here!" is every Friday at 6:00pm. Any updates/changes to the schedule can be found here:



Please join us at our Facebook page for info on shows/projects that our students are doing around town and to be part of the conversation about diversity at UCB and the comedy world as a whole:


For support & counseling, please contact Shireen Oberman, LCSW ([email protected]).  Shireen is a licensed mental health professional available free to UCB students. Contact Shireen if you need clinical assistance with emotional or mental health issues. Discussions are kept confidential and are not released to the company due to therapist/patient privilege.

Since its inception in 2009, the Upright Citizens Brigade Training Center has awarded over $700,000 in scholarships via our program.

Past scholarship recipients include writers and performers on staff at:
  • Broad City
  • The Daily Show
  • Girl Code
  • Inside Amy Schumer
  • Key & Peele
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Why? with Hannibal Buress
  • New Girl 
  • Ghosted 
  • I Love You, America 
We look forward to increasing our partnerships, opportunities and programs annually in line with the growth and experience of the organization.