Inclusion and Safety

The Kinkonauts strive to provide a safe and inclusive space for the creation and enjoyment of improvised performances for anyone and everyone. Sharing and welcoming varied perspectives enriches our work both onstage and off.

We are committed to actively increasing the representation of currently underrepresented communities throughout our company. We are also increasing our awareness around issues of safety and discrimination among our coaches, instructors, and leadership.

Some of the things we are doing include:

    • Providing training for our company members. This year we are working with several community groups:
        • CCASA (Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse) to present Rethinking Prevention
        • Centre for Sexuality to present Creating a Culture of Consent: Community Bystander Interventions
      • Gina Puntil & Jenna Rodgers to present Equity, Diversity and Intersectionality: An Anti-Racism Workshop
    • Offering scholarships for our Calgary Improv School classes and workshops. Visit our Scholarships page to learn more
    • Holding affordable training through our Drop-In Classes
    • Fostering local performers who represent currently underrepresented communities
    • Bringing in out-of-town performers who represent currently underrepresented communities
    • Creating and documenting policy around community standards, expectations, and consequences for unacceptable behaviour
  • Creating safer spaces through actively building a culture of support and learning in the areas of inclusion and equity

We are figuring out how to work towards these goals, knowing we will make mistakes, but not letting fear and discomfort prevent us from undertaking the important work of being a better organization for everyone.

If you want to learn more about the Kinkonauts’ focus on diversity and inclusion, please talk to Sara Simpson. You can reach her at sara@kinkonauts.com.