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  • Apr 10 2014

    Student Graduation Shows this Sunday

    Join us at the Second City Mainstage (51 Mercer Street) this Sunday, April 13th at 3pm for TWO Writing 6 Graduation Shows. We're very excited because this is the first time we've ever had two Writing 6 Grad shows in one term!

    3pm: Journey To The Centre of Google Earth (Directed by Dave Pearce)
    4pm: Selfie's Choice (Directed by Jennifer Goodhue)

    Our Writers have been working as an ensemble to create an original sketch revue for the last six months joined by a cast of our very own Conservatory graduates who have brought the hard work of our writers to life.

    If you want even more comedy, show up at 2pm to watch our Conservatory 3 Archive show. Where they perform scenes from the Second City Mainstage archives.

    All shows are pay what you can.

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  • Apr 2 2014

    Student Appreciation Day

    Thinking of taking a class, but not sure what it’s all about? Already a student but not sure what program to take next? Well this is the day for you! To show how much YOU mean to us, come check out an afternoon and evening of free shows and workshops. This is just our way of saying "thank you" the students, for helping Second City build such an amazing community.

    3:00pm: Join us for our Conservatory 6 graduation show, A Person of Pinterest. Check out our latest group of up and coming talent hit the Mainstage at 51 Mercer Street. The show is pay-what-you-can and doors open at 2:30pm.

    6:00pm & 7:45pm: Want to get some extra improv practice time or get a taste of what some of the other programs are like? Check out these workshops. All workshops are open to current students, friends and family members who may want to see what it's like to study with us at The Second City Training Centre. Best of all they’re FREE!

    Here’s a list of the great workshops we’ll be offering:

    Stand Up 
    Writing (6pm only)
    Musical Improv (7:45pm only)
    Stagecraft 101 (7:45pm only)

      Spaces are limited, so it's first come first served. Email ASAP to reserve your spot. Don’t miss out!

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    • Apr 1 2014

      Kevin Frank, Joins TSYO as Narrator/Host of "The Composer is DEAD!"

      The Training Centre's Artistic Director, Kevin Frank, will be the Host/Narrator for the Lemony Snicket Mystery story "The Composer is DEAD!" A series of youth performances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thompson Hall running March 29th through to April 3rd.

      For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the website. Click here to read more about Kevin Frank.

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    • Mar 12 2014

      Second City's SIXTEEN SCANDALS Opens in Toronto to Glowing Reviews

      The Second City's theatre in Toronto opened its 73rd Mainstage Revue, titled Sixteen Scandals, on Tuesday night, and received a standing ovation from the packed audience, including members of the media and dozens of Second City alumni.

      Early reviews have been overflowing with enthusiastic praise. In his four star review, Richard Ouzounian, theatre critic for The Toronto Star, wrote:

      "When a Second City show is as fast, fierce and funny as Sixteen Scandals, which opened on Tuesday night, all you have to do is give thanks to the theatre gods, buy your tickets and start laughing."
      Read full review here.

      Directed by alumnus Chris Earle, Sixteen Scandals is written and performed by Ashley Botting, Craig Brown, Sarah Hillier, Allison Price, Connor Thompson and Kevin Vidal. Musical Director Matthew Reid once again provides the show's score and soundtrack, with Christina Cicko serving as Lighting Designer and Stage Manager.

      The production runs each Tuesday through Sunday evening at The Second City theatre through June.
      Show time and ticket information is available online.

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    • Mar 4 2014

      SC Alum Stacey McGunnigle Lands Lead in New NBC Pilot

      It was just announced that Second City Toronto alum, Stacey McGunnigle, has landed the lead in a new NBC pilot, titled "Ellen More Or Less." Read the full story here.

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    • Mar 3 2014

      Student Focus Night With ACTRA

      Join us on Wednesday, March 5th at 9pm in our very own John Candy Box Theatre for Student Focus Night with ACTRA!

      Have aspirations of becoming a professional actor? Ever wondered what it takes to become a member of ACTRA? This FREE Q & A session will answer any and all questions you have about becoming part of the union, as well as provide you with helpful tips and information about your acting career!

      This Q & A session with a representative from ACTRA is FREE for all current students.

      To reserve yourself a spot in this FREE workshop, email:

      Spaces are limited, so it's first come, first served!

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    • Feb 11 2014

      Second City Training Centre Around the World!

      • One of our Second City Alumni and active teacher in the Writing Program, Luciano Cashmiri, is in Sochi Russia as a writer for CBC Sports. Luc has worked quite a bit for CBC Television over the years and and when he returns he will start writing Martin Short's upcoming comedy special.
      •  Chantale Renee, one of our Second City School Program Instructors spent three days at the Sudbury Laugh Out Loud Comedy Festival delivering Improv workshops in both French and English. She delivered five workshops at local schools and all reports indicate that Sudbury is truly laughing out loud.
      • Bruce Pirrie informed us that one of his former Second City Writing Program students has been hired on to write for "This Hour Has 22 Minutes" based on the sketches he wrote while in our program. Congratulations to our former student and to the wonderful Instructors in our Writing Program.
      • The Musical Conservatory 6 class is just week's away from presenting their Grad show entitled "Chutes and Corporate Ladders". Their show, March 2nd, will be the first ever Musical Conservatory grad show in Toronto. 
      • Recent Conservatory Grad and Student Services Admininstrator, Aimee Ambroziak, is headed to sea. She has been offered a role on one of our Second City's Cruise Ship casts. Aimee is heading out in March. Her smile at the front desk will be dearly missed for the next four months.

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    • Feb 3 2014

      Tickets for Rick & Laura Hall Now on Sale

      Musical Improviser superstars Rick and Laura Hall are coming to Toronto February 21st and 22nd!
      They will be running two musical improv workshops at our Training Centre then having a showcase on Saturday, February 22nd at 7pm and 9pm.

      Come check out Second City's up-and-coming talent perform with the industry professionals Rick and Laura Hall, who collectively have worked with The Second City, "Whose Line is it Anyway" and are working actors and composers in Los Angeles.

      Tickets are now available at The Second City Training Centre.
      You can also reserve by phone: 416.340.7270

      7pm show - $15
      9pm show - $20


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    • Jan 31 2014

      Last Call for Conservatory/Longform Submisisons

      Dilly-dallying on your Con, Music Con, and/or Longform submission? Dilly-dally no longer!

      Our submissions deadline has been EXTENDED to FEBRUARY 7TH! Send in your resume and headshot today!

      Now, you love doing improv and you love The Second City. You've seen a few revues at the mainstage and thought, "Hey, I could do that!" Well, now you can!

      The Conservatory is a year-long program designed to give you the opportunity to write and perform your own mainstage-style revue, on the mainstage! Use improv as a way to generate ideas for sketches, songs and monologues, just like the pros.
      More info on the Conservatory HERE

      Maybe singing's more your style. Improvised singing, that is. Picture this: you and your talented ensemble, performing in an improvised musical at the mainstage after a year of hard work. You better believe it.
      Read more about the Musical Conservatory HERE

      Sketches are cool, but you wanna be closer to the source of the good stuff, that sweet creamed-corn of improvised comedy. Look no further than our Longform program. Learn how to play The Game, create your own forms, and create complex memorable scenes that audiences love.
      Check out the Longform program HERE

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    • Jan 23 2014

      Second City Toronto Collaborates with The Toronto Symphony Orchestra

      Today, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, led by Musical Director Peter Oundjian, announced their exciting 2014 - 2015 season, including a special new collaboration with The Second City.

      In November 2014, The Second City Toronto comedy theatre will brings its unique blend of sketch comedy, satire, songs, and improvisation to an entirely new stage - Roy Thomson Hall, home of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra!  This unique collaboration with the TSO brings together Toronto’s leading musical and comedy minds to explore their shared love of the symphony orchestra. This light-hearted comic performance will take on all things orchestral, from the colourful musicians to the mighty Maestro, from send-ups of classical music history and conventions to the manners and mannerisms of our beloved audiences. Get ready for the funniest musical night of the year!

      Here's a quick behind-the-scenes glimpse at the collaborative process thus far:

      Two performances only!
      Saturday, November 29th at 7:30pm  & Sunday, November 30th at 3:00pm

      Tickets to this special concert are currently only available by purchasing a Toronto Symphony Orchestra 2014 - 2015 subscription series and adding it to your package.

      Individual tickets will go on sale in August 2014.

      For more information about the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, visit

      Stay tuned for more details and previews by following Second City Toronto online on Facebook and Twitter.

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