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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:

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


      Spaces are limited, so it's first come first served. Email areoch@secondcity.com 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 17 2014

      Student Spotlight - Student Darren Harrison Co-produces a Documentary

      Congrats to student Darren Harrison for co-producing the documentary After Prison, Responding with Faith, set to air on WTTW April 3rd at 9pm. Currently a student in our Improv for Actors program, Darren was one of 3 producers to create a 12-minute documentary in the hour-long piece. The doc focuses on St Leonard's Ministries and what their organization does to help break the cycle of incarceration. "Without intervention, 50% go back to jail within 3 years. Those who seek St. Leonard's upon release rarely go back," say Darren, President of Darren Harrison Films. Tune in to find out more!

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    • Mar 12 2014

      The Second City Announces the Bob Curry Fellowship Recipients

      The Second City is very excited to announce the recipients of the first annual Bob Curry Fellowship. The sixteen recipients are Ali Barthwell, Sam Bailey, Lisa Beasley, Shantira Jackson, Peter Kim, Lauren Malara, Torian Miller, Saliha Muttalib, Chucho Perez, Dewayne Perkins, Patrick Rowland, Rashawn Nadine Scott, Niccole Thurman, Travis Turner, Kimberly Michelle Vaughn, and Damian Jason White. 
       
      The Fellowship will begin on Tuesday, March 25th with master classes taking place at the Second City Training Center for eight weeks on Tuesday and Thursday 4pm - 7pm.

      A culminating and celebratory showcase for family, friends and Second City staff is scheduled  in the e.t.c. theatre Wednesday, May 28th. Time is yet to be determined.

      As you may be aware, this is an exciting piece of history at Second City. With this new fellowship program instituted, we are delighted to mentor the inaugural group of Bob Curry Fellowship recipients. We received over 140 submissions and auditioned 85 applicants. Thank you to all of the amazing talent who came out to auditions. These decisions were not easy, but we look forward to creating access and opening more doors for talent interested in pursuing a career in comedy!

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    • Mar 6 2014

      The Second City Training Center Partner with School of Rock

      The Second City Training Center and School of Rock Chicago team up to introduce Rock City Camp: An Opera of Rock, a stage-writing performance camp for teens aged 14-19, beginning July 7. Over two weeks, musical all-stars with multiple performance skills in music and theater, will create an original storyline, learn rock music and develop original music to produce a never-before-seen show. Rock City Camp will take place July 7 - 18 at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Sessions are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For consideration, please fill out an application HERE before the March 31 deadline. $1200. Needs-based scholarships are available.

      "The Second City enjoys finding partners to collaborate with in all areas of our business, from our theaters, to our corporate work, to our training initiatives," says Andrew Alexander, CEO and Executive Producer of The Second City, Inc. "This one-of-a-kind program with School of Rock is a fantastic blend of two organizations with similar ideals: expanding the education opportunities and styles for our youth students, while keeping the ideas of teamwork of creativity at the forefront of their experience."

      "School of Rock Chicago joining forces with the legacy and stage prowess of our new pals at The Second City is like having Jackie Chan, David Lee Roth, Freddy Mercury and John Belushi as your spirit animals," says Adam Mackintosh, regional manager for School of Rock Chicago. "Clearly, I'm beyond sensible words here. This might be the coolest thing I've ever been a part of."

      At the conclusion of the two-week Rock City Camp, students will perform rock classics and original songs in a two-night performance at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre. Enrollment is open to drummers, guitarists, keyboardists, improvisers, actors, writers, vocalists and more who are ready to take their skills to the stage.

      The Second City is the leading brand in improv-based sketch comedy. With theaters and training centers in Chicago, Toronto and Hollywood, 11 full-time touring ensembles, thriving corporate communications and theatricals divisions as well as television and film operations, The Second City has been called "A Comedy Empire" by The New York Times. The Second City Training Center has a current student body of 3,500 per week and is the largest school of improvisation and sketch comedy in the world.

      For more than a decade, School of Rock has been inspiring kids to rock on stage and in life. Students develop confidence, talent and skills, through beginner, intermediate and advanced music programs. School of Rock offers music lessons on guitar, bass, piano, vocals and drums in an authentic, performance-based environment. School of Rock operates 129 schools in 26 states and 8 countries, with new locations opening worldwide every month. School of Rock Chicago has been on Ashland for 7 years and has a long, successful history of providing great camp experiences across broad themes for interested families.

      Visit www.SchoolofRock.com for more information.

      Read more here.

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    • Mar 4 2014

      Student Headshot Day - April 3rd and 4th

      Student headshot days with photographer Sally Blood return April 3rd and 4th. Each one-hour session includes a 45-minute photo shoot, touch-up makeup and a high resolution disc of all your edited shots. The cost is $200, a special deal for Training Center students. Reservations can be made by contacting the Training Center office at 312-664-3959.

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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: areoch@secondcity.com.

      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

      CHECK OUT THE FACEBOOK EVENT HERE.

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