This summer, Vancouver’s Blind Tiger Comedy will offer its courses in improv and sketch comedy to new students who identify as Black, Indigenous, or persons of colour (BIPOC).

Designed to supplement previous diversity offerings, Blind Tiger’s Welcome 2020 initiative is a direct response for recent calls within the entertainment industry to create space for marginalized voices.

Founded by Vancouver comedy troupes The Sunday Service and Hip.Bang!, the Blind Tiger comedy school features a faculty of professional comedians from all over the city.

In this interview, we speak with one of Blind Tiger’s diversity coordinators, Ronald Dario, to find out more about the Welcome 2020 initiative and discuss some of the bigger issues facing BIPOC artists in comedy and improv.

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