Big Fork Theatre Accessibility & Inclusion

Big Fork Theatre’s mission statement is “a place fostering quality comedy, through community”.

Big Fork aims to create an inclusive and welcoming environment, to be accessible in both our shows and classes, and to ensure that we are fostering a sustainable comedy and improvisation community in Brisbane. The core principles of participation in the Big Fork community, are respect, community, fun and quality. We want to reflect our diverse Brisbane community and ensure that improv and comedy are accessible to people from all walks of life.

As part of working to achieve this, we want to increase representation of persons of colour, women, persons 50 years of age or older, members of the LGBTQ+ community and differently-abled persons in classes offered by Big Fork. We also acknowledge the financial barriers that can be in place for many people who might otherwise pursue improv comedy, including unemployment, underemployment, being a single parent, or studying.

Scholarships

In order to make our classes as accessible as possible, Big Fork will be offering scholarships for each round of classes, with one scholarship available per class. These will be available based on a rolling application process - you can fill out the application form here.

Big Fork’s Inclusion Scholarships are not explicitly need-based and are open to any persons who fall into one of our identified diversity groups. However, we do ask that applicants be mindful of their need when considering submitting an application so that those scholarships we award can be given to students who might not otherwise be able to benefit from our classes without support from the theatre.

Payment plans and concession pricing

Big Fork wish to ensure that we can make classes accessible to those who fall outside the specific identified groups, or maybe just need a hand. We offer payment plans to all students, and concession pricing for anyone who self-identifies as needing that price. Please contact us at training@bigforktheatre.com if you think these options would assist you.

Accessibility

Big Fork acknowledges that our weekly performance venue is not currently totally accessible. We are working towards a venue with more accessibility and improving this in the future. As a rule, we hire accessible venues for our classes.