• Where do I begin?
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 Stagecraft 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 Improvisation for Actors Program; you have to be approved to take the IFA Program so you will need to submit a copy of your theatre resume for review to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 of 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.
• Do I have to audition?
Only some advanced programs like The Improv or Longform Conservatory Programs require auditions, though some specialized classes and workshops may have prerequisites.
• What is the difference between Acting and Improv courses?
Words on a page. In the Stagecraft Program you will work with scripted material such as monologues and scenes from plays. The Improv Program focuses on unscripted games, exercises and scenes.
• Can I get a University/College credit, or do I get a Degree?
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.
• Is there an age limit to attend classes?
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.
• Are there scholarships or work study positions?
Yes! Send an e-mail to email@example.com to request a form
• If I need to take off a term, can I return and continue where I was?
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.
• When do I pay for classes?
We require full 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 instalments. Register online and set up your own payment plan, or inquire with the office.
• If I take classes, do I get to be a Second City cast member?
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.