WIT is taking submissions for the Chris Werren Memorial Development Grant to be awarded to a member of WIT as a study grant. The study grant will be awarded to someone who can give back to the WIT community.
Examples of a pitch for “giving back” would be producing a new show format to give our members the opportunity to perform for the public. Ideally the grant would be an investment in a new show. All submissions will be considered, however if none meet the committee’s standards the grant will not be awarded and resubmissions will begin again next year.
Submissions are to be sent into the WIT Co-Ordinator, Hayley Webster, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cut-off for submissions is the 31st of March. Any submissions after this date will not be considered.
The WIT Chris Werren Development Grant (Scholarship Fund)
In 2013 the Development Grant was shared between Jennifer O’Sullivan and Nicola Pauling, both of whom used it to help with attending Improvention in Canberra. This follows on from a history of WIT supporting improvisers to go to Loose Moose (Simon, Christine, Geoff), BATS San Francisco (Wiremu), Impro Melbourne (Nat) and Improvention (Kate and Jen).
In 2009 Christine Brooks and Geoff Simmonds attended Loose Moose summer school in Calgary, with WIT assistance towards the fees.
Christine commented afterwards
I spent two weeks surrounded and living with improvisers from all over the world. I made contacts and connections and was taught by some of the best improv tutors in the world. In return, I shared what I’d learnt with WIT in a number of ways, including co-running (with Geoff Simmons) the first WIT band camp over a long weekend in Paekakariki. I led shows and trainings throughout the following year, was Co-Creative Director and took an active focus on helping develop some of the female players in WIT.
(The 2013 Grant has been awarded – but think about what you would like to do next year)
The WIT Development Scholarship Fund exists to assist WIT members who wish to develop their skills through further training and bring back the benefits to WIT. The 2013 grant was shared between Jennifer O’Sullivan and Nicola Pauling, both of whom will use the grant to help with attending Improvention in Canberra in July. This follows on from a history of WIT supporting improvisers to go to Loose Moose (Simon, Christine, Geoff), BATS San Francisco (Wiremu), Impro Melbourne (Nat) and Improvention (Kate). Some history here.