Jason Chin Scholarship for The Maydays 11th Annual September Improv Retreat 2018

Image of Jason Chin as Captain America

The Maydays are awarding a scholarship to the Maydays Improv Retreat  (19th-23rd September) in memory of our friend, teacher and mentor Jason Chin.

Jason was a huge influence on the development and spirit of the Maydays.

At a practical level our show, “Tonight’s Top Story”, was blatantly stolen from the format of “Whirled News Tonight” which Jason created and directed at iO for over ten years.

His typically open-hearted response to our plagiarism was not a fit of pique but an invitation for the whole team to come to Chicago and join the cast of Whirled News Tonight for a show!

This unforgettable deep-end experience created relationships with the Chicago improv community which continue to flourish.

Jason’s teaching us in the UK inspired us and resonates through our work to this day – he truly embodied the essence of collaboration and support

The scholarship:

Includes accommodation, meals and all classes and shows at our September Improv Retreat 2018.

The intensive takes place at Osho Leela in Dorset 5pm on 19th September until 5pm on 23rd September and normally costs £555.

If needed, the lucky winner will receive follow-up coaching from the Mayday of their choice.


The sole qualifying criteria is a determination to spread open-hearted collaboration in the improv community, to carry the torch that the much loved, and greatly missed, Jason passed to us.

To help kick off your application via email, have a think about the questions below, please note these are not set as must haves within your content, rather to guide your essay in demonstarting your dermination to spread collaboration within the improv family far and wide:

  • What are the benefits you, personally, have had from improv?
  • What effect have you seen it have on others?
  • How would you describe your teaching style were you to teach?
  • How will you use improv to make a positive impact?

Subject: Jason Chin Scholarship

By email to: [email protected]

Application: Closing date for applications 1st August 2018. The recipient will be announced 8th August 2018

Thanks for applying and Good Luck! 🙂
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