Diversity – Outreach



Our Outreach program is an ongoing commitment to expose the improv art form to new voices, underserved communities and talent seeking careers at Second City. Our goal is to open doors, create a bridge and make this work accessible and inclusive.  We believe everyone, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation should experience the gift of improv.

Four unique programming areas:

  • Outreach: Alliance building with colleges, community organizations and corporate sponsors.
  • Talent Cultivation: Mentorship and development for exceptional talent seeking careers in sketch comedy and improv.
  • Diversity Programming: Workshops, lectures and speaker events tailored to a specific niche and demographic
  • Shows: Performances produced by our division featuring some of the newest, voices in comedy.  

In our 23+ years, we’ve reached a lot of people and transformed lives and careers. That’s the best gift you can ask for.

For information about the Toronto Diversity and Outreach Program, click here

Let us come to you

Let us come to your university, womens shelter, gender studies class, community organization or group and share the gift of improvisation and our diversity programming.

This programming includes:

  • Master Diversity Workshops tailored for multicultural groups.
  • Guest Artist Lecture with improv demo and performance.
  • Workshops that address gender, race and LGBTQ themes.
  • Workshops for at-risk, alternative schools and underserved communities.

NBC Universal Bob Curry Fellowship

SCOD_Bob_Curry_Fellowship_2015_623x237_001The Second City is proud to announce our partnership with NBC Universal supporting our Bob Curry Fellowship and diversity programming. Our eight week professional master program offers actors of color a unique, one of kind training program for exceptional talent seeking a career in sketch comedy, writing and acting. The Bob Curry Fellowship, named for Second City alumni Bob Curry, is the only program of its kind in the world.

The Fellowship program begins  April  2015 with master classes starting Tuesday and Thursdays from 4:00 – 7:00pm at The Second City Training Center. The program will culminate in a showcase performance on The Second City e.t.c. stage open to the general public.

The Fellowship is offered only in Chicago and Toronto locations at this time.

To apply in 2016 and keep posted of audition dates send an email to outreach@secondcity.com

Are you the next Bob Curry Fellow?

We’re looking for the next generation of comedic voices, particularly from diverse communities. Maybe that’s you! If you eat, breathe and sleep comedy, and have a unique point of view and want to experience a master program (tuition free, courtesy of NBC Universal and Second City ) taught by our very best comedy professionals, come audition for us. Chicago audition info will be posted fall 2015.

2015 Bob Curry Showcase Dates:

Chicago – June 3, 2015
Second City ETC stage – RSVP required.

Toronto – April 27, 2015
Second City mainstage

RSVP required.

Who is Bob Curry:

Bob Curry was a Second City alumni and the first African American actor who performed on the our resident stage in 1966. A Joseph Jeff Award winning actor and inspiring director, he coached and mentored many actors in Chicago’s theatre community.



NBCUniversal Second City Emerging Voices Scholarship Awards:

Three scholarships, one in each of the cities with The Second City training programs – Chicago, Toronto and Hollywood, will be awarded for one year of advanced improvisation or sketch writing training. Applications are particularly welcome from candidates from diverse communities. Qualified talent will be selected from annual auditions, submission, or Bob Curry Fellowship as applicable in each city. 

Download the Second City NBC Universal Emerging Voices Scholarship application

Timeline and instructions:

Inquiries are open at all theatres.

Applications open for fall review only.
See details on application. 
Fall date TBA

Inquiries open. Submit application March 15 with headshot and resume. Auditions April 27th
E-mail Torontoauditions@secondcity.com
For upcoming Toronto Diversity Weekend, Click Here

Inquiries open. Audition screening – August 2015 TBA
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E-mail outreach@secondcity.com for more info


Contact Us

To inquire about college workshops, lecture demonstrations or a visit to your school or university, contact:

Dionna Griffin-Irons
Director of Outreach & Diversity
312-664-4032 ext. 3577

Off the Cuff Podcast

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Podcast #1
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Diversity Partners

A few of our partners…

After School Matters

United States Embassy

Norway & Latvia

Urban Prep Academy

YMCA Black and Latino Achievers

NBC Universal

Big Brothers Club

Columbia College

University of Chicago

Northwestern College

A Long Walk Home

DePaul University


Diversity Relationship

Build a Relationship with Outreach

Let us come to your university, gender studies class or shelter. We will share our outreach with your community.

Find out how we transform lives and communities.