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.

Please see our statement supporting Black Lives Matter.

35//50 Initiative

We at the Kinkonauts have received the letter regarding the 35//50 initiative. As an organization, we want to publicly announce our support of the initiative for the betterment of the arts community. We remain committed to our own previously stated goals (below) and our aspiration to better reflect the diversity of the Calgary community. We value equity, diversity, and inclusion, and we strive to provide a safe and inclusive space for the enjoyment and creation of improvised performances. With this in mind, we agree that representation within our organization and community is vital to the continuous development and accessibility of our organization.

We remain committed to our previously stated goals of 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.

What we are doing

    • 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.

Our Work Does Not Stop Here

We are committed to the continuation of current and future work in making our organization a space for inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. While we do not currently have paid positions within our organization, we acknowledge the need for fair and accurate representation within our company nonetheless. We will continue to put measures in place to ensure that our leaders, teachers, performers, audience, and other organizational members represent the diverse community of the city we are a part of. While we may make mistakes as we learn and grow, we are determined that the Kinkonauts is now, and will continue to be, a safe and positive space where all can create, share, and enjoy our art form together.

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.