Our Immersion programs are a crash course in the philosophies and methods that Second City uses to find, explore, and create material. These programs are a great way to study our creative process, and to get you excited about how you can reach your potential. Our Immersions attract students from all over the country and abroad. Come learn new skills, meet new friends and take advantage of Chicago’s rich comedy scene!
Classes are Monday through Friday each week, and tuition includes a ticket to a Second City or UP Comedy Club show. Improv 1 and Writing 1 classes have no prerequisite; students of any and all experience levels are welcome to enroll.
A limited schedule of Immersion classes are offered in Winter and Spring but can be taken in combination with our Summer Immersions. Students who complete a two- to four-week immersion and would like to continue their training at one of our centers in Chicago, Toronto, or Hollywood may place into Level B of the Improv Program or Level 2 of the Writing Program. Level 2 students with additional experience may qualify for Improv for Actors 2 or Scenic Improv 1.
These Immersions give you a great overview of our method of improvisation and how we use it to create something from nothing. Dive into the principles, techniques, and exercises that our actors use to generate characters and scenes.
Improv 1: Fundamentals
A detailed look at the principles and processes of improvisation for beginners, including ensemble work, play, and beginning scenework.
Improv 2: Character & Scenework
Learn many techniques for developing strong characters, including status, point of view, and subtext. Also explore the elements of good scenework, such as beats, environment, and emotional life. Builds on concepts from Level 1.
Writing 1: Fundamentals & Components of Sketch Comedy
An introduction to sketch comedy techniques including characterization, comic premise and story structure.
Writing 2: Working with Premises for Sketch Comedy
A further exploration of using comic premises to develop original sketch comedy for students who have completed Writing Immersion 1.
WHERE TO STAY IN CHICAGO? The Second City Training Center does not provide housing for students. Students are responsible for arranging their own accommodations. See our “Where To Stay” list for recommended hotels, hostels, and dormitories in the Chicago area, some with special rates for Second City students!
Still short on time? Take a look at our 3-day Improv & Writing Intensives. They’re available all year round!