KML's Diversity in comedy fellowship programs
designed to address inequalities in the comedy community, our diversity in comedy fellowship programs grant opportunities to new writers and actors from marginalized communities.
once a fellowship recipient has gone through their 12-14 weeks of classes, they become part of our collaborative community by working on a professional kml show.
In 2015, KML’s Diversity in Comedy Fellowships were established to increase access for up and coming comedy writers from marginalized and underrepresented communities. Through these fellowships, we encourage writers to become head writers, actors to become directors, and both to become KML instructors, thus expanding visibility and support for those whose voices are often unheard in sketch comedy.
In the fall of 2016, the program grew to include not just writers, but performers as well.
In the fall of 2017, the programs expanded further, to include trans-identifying and non-binary writers and performers.
To date, we have awarded 12 Diversity in Comedy Fellowships investing roughly $24,000 in this ongoing program, without additional outside support.
If you would like to support the growth of these unique programs, you can do so here.
If you're looking to apply for the fellowship programs, you can learn more here.