The Second City Training Centre is the largest school of improvisation and sketch comedy in the world.
We offer classes for beginners looking to try something new to advanced players looking to hone their craft. Our camps and intensives for grades 2-12 run over winter, March, and summer breaks, with Youth and Teen classes throughout the year.
But more than anything, at The Second City Training Centre, you’ll make friends for life, get out of your comfort zone, and laugh more than you ever have!
Want to give us a try before committing? We get that. Try out our adult improv drop-in class on Mondays from 6:30-8:30pm OR Fridays 6-8pm.
Training Centre Programs
Important Dates 2016
Adult Program Dates
Youth & Teen Program Dates
Winter Mini Term
Summer Comedy Camps
Fall Mini Term
Being a Student
SECOND CITY MAINSTAGE 1 Free rush ticket 30 minutes prior to curtain (based on availability); 2 for 1 tickets purchased in advance. *Sunday - Friday Only
* For Second City Mainstage and Tour Co Performances only.
ROXY BAR (19 Charlotte Street) Save 15% off all food orders, save 20% if your bill is paid in cash
STUDIO RENTALS – based on availability; Student and Grad Rates available
You will receive a Student Information Card in your first class. This card is your passkey for these great perks, so make sure you’ve got it and your photo ID on you to take advantage of them.
It depends what you’d like to do. The Improvisation Program is a great jumping off point. We also have Improv for Anxiety, Public Speaking and Acting as great first options. Or if you’re looking to go the writing route, we have the Writing or Stand-Up Programs. If you have completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre or you are ACTRA/EQUITY, then you may enroll in our Improv for Actors Program. If you have completed 100 hours of improv training (equivalent to our Improv Program) from another training centre and you have completed a post secondary acting course, then you are eligible to submit for our Improv or Longform Conservatory Programs. If you need any help deciding which classes to take, just give us a call. We will always be happy to chat with you about your interests and goals and figure out the best place for you to begin.
Only some advanced programs like the Improv or Longform Conservatory Programs require auditions, though some specialized classes and workshops may have prerequisites.
Words on a page. In the Acting Program you will work with scripted material such as monologues and scenes from plays. The Improv Program focuses on unscripted games, exercises and scenes.
We have this amazing program called Comedy Studies which is an accredited college program that we run in CHICAGO in partnership with Columbia College. This is a semester-long study in comedy for which students do receive college credit.
We offer classes in our Youth and Teen Program for students ages 7-18. Students must be at least 18 to attend classes in our Adult Programs, but there is no upper age limit.
Sometimes a student may wish or need to take time off from The Training Centre due to personal reasons. Should this occur, please contact The Training Centre staff immediately. Please be informed that when you return, the Training Centre will place you at its discretion. Students who leave during the Conservatory Program may be asked to re-audition. Returning students must pay the tuition rate that is applicable to the time of rejoining The Training Centre. Any student returning after more than one (1) year of absence is required to rejoin the program at a level determined by The Training Centre.
We require payment at the time of registration in order to hold your spot in the class. Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable. We accept Mastercard, Visa, Amex, cash, cheque, or Debit. PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE! Pay for your class in installments. Register online and set up your own payment plan, or inquire with the office. A one-time membership fee is also added to your first class.
It takes a great deal of training and experience to become a member of our professional company. Most of the resident actors have trained and performed for a number of years before being hired by The Second City. Graduates of the Improv Conservatory are eligible to audition for The Second City Company each spring at General Auditions. Although many of the resident company actors are graduates of The Training Centre, completion of any program does not guarantee employment with the company.