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UPCOMING CLASSES:  building closed for Memorial Day 5/29

IMPROV 1

Improvising Basics – While learning the building blocks of improvisation, this term builds confidence through ensemble energy.

 

PUPPET IMPROV!

Are you interested in improvising with Puppets? This is your chance! In this fun workshop we’ll introduce you to the world of improvising with puppets. Whether you have puppeteering experience but not improv, or improv experience but no puppetry – you’ll love this workshop. All students should bring their own puppet, but if you don’t have one, we can provide you with this wonderful stand-in: http://www.peeperspuppet.com

 

INTRO TO IMPROV FOR BUSINESS

This full-day crash course introduces students to the art of improvisation as it relates to better communication in the workplace. Areas of focus will include giving and receiving information effectively, exploring ideas, working as an ensemble, and our core tenet of “Yes And”. This program is built to be relevant for recent grads and seasoned leaders alike as a gateway into how improv can help improve your interactions in the workplace and maybe even at home.

 

PRE-IMPROV: IMPROV FOR THE TIMID

Does taking an improv class make you feel nervous or anxious? Has it been recommended to you that you try more social events or to try to push your comfortable boundaries a little bit? This is a class where we teach our basic improv program in a room where all the students are like-minded and the teacher is patient and understanding. It’s a gentle approach to the basic principles of improvisation. You will learn the same skills that our other students learn in the improv program but at a pace and comfort level that fit the group. There is no final show or public performance as part of this class.

 

IMPROV FOR VETERANS LEVEL ALPHA

In the alpha level of this class, students will learn skills needed to create strong improvised scenes. These skills include building ensemble, giving and taking focus, object work, and the concept of “yes, and.” In addition, students will learn fundamental strategies for taking honest, personal experiences and turning them into compelling, entertaining stories.

 

IMPROV 2

Improvising Characters – While continuing an enhancement of improvisational skills, this term explores acting through character development.

 

IMPROV FOR VETERANS LEVEL BRAVO

In the bravo level of this class, students will delve deeper into scene work, with specific focus on character development. They will explore creating characters through internal motivations, like point of view, status, wants and intentions, and external ones, like experimenting with physicality. Students also continue to explore scene work, with special emphasis on how to create scenes inspired by personal stories.

 

IMPROV 3

Improvising Scenes – A study of structure, content, and character wants; this term focuses on what makes an improvised scene work.

 

IMPROV DROP-IN

The Improv Drop-in is a noncommittal, two hour class that will keep you on your toes and inject fun into your day. Drop-ins are designed for all levels so if you want to get extra class time, play with new people or work with amazing coaches then drop on by! Any current student or grad of The Second City is eligible to take this class. For any persons with equivalent training from other programs, please call our office to determine if this class is appropriate for you. We cap the class at 16 students, so arrive early to get a spot.

 

CONSERVATORY 1 (audition level)

Acting within Improv – put the two together.  The audition for the EXPRESS class is on Saturday, April 8th at 7:15pm. Call 323.464.8542 to sign up.

 

CONSERVATORY 2

Original Characters – the next Austin Powers is within you!

 

CONSERVATORY 3

Ensemble Improv – calm down, Austin Powers, it’s not all about you.

 

CONSERVATORY 4

Beginning Re-Improvisation: Do it more than once and start to create sketches.

 

CONSERVATORY 5

Advanced Re-Improvisation: Improvise drafts of group scenes and comic structure.

 

GRAD REVUE

Create an original Second City style revue! Grad Revue classes perform Sunday evenings, culminating in 7 previews and 8 final performances in The Second City Hollywood Studio Theater.

  • Grad Revue Part 1-Cruller · Sundays · 12-3:30PM (5/14-6/25)
  • Grad Revue Part 1-Maple Bar · Mondays · 6:30-10PM (5/8-6/26)
  • Grad Revue Part 1-Sprinkles · Mondays · 6:30-10PM (5/8-6/26)
  • Grad Revue Part 2-Shoestring · Mondays · 6:30-10PM (5/8-6/26)
  • Grad Revue Part 2-Waffle · Mondays · 6:30-10PM (5/8-6/26)
  • Grad Revue Part 2-Crinkle · Sundays · 12-3:30PM (5/14-6/25)

 

CRACKING TWO-PERSON IMPROV WITH TIM & ROB

Tim Stoltenberg and Rob Belushi co-teach their method for approaching two-person improv as a means to have the most fun and fulfilling stage time you can share with another person. Tim and Rob have headlined festivals such as Chicago Improv Fest, Pittsburgh Comedy Fest, Charleston Comedy Fest, Out of Bounds Austin, Crossroads Comedy Indy and many others, and have found success with a simple approach.

The class will focus on what drives a successful two-person, how to get the most out of your opening, how to get the audience on your side, and how to approach your relationship on stage. They will guide you through a simple form and how to best showcase your authenticity and range and later, how to put your own twist on this classic form. This class will offer reps for people new to the form, and development for those who have tried it before. At the term’s end, students will have the confidence and skills to take their two-person performance to stage and see how satisfying it is to create a world with your partner, over and over, and do it well.

 

LONG FORM ESSENTIALS 

Discover long form improvisation! Begin with the fundamentals of long form including tag outs, cut-tos, wipes, and scene painting. Explore the mind set of taking a single suggestion and turning it into a cohesive show. Study the montage and immerse in an ensemble and group mind.

Students must pass an audition to enter into the Long Form Program. A solid grasp of improv scene work is recommended before auditions. Sign up for auditions HERE

There will be one class performance in this level. This course is taught by Marc Warzecha.

 

LONG FORM MASTER CLASS: SIMPLIFYING THE HAROLD

Explore one of the most popular and enduring long forms: The Harold. Originally developed by improv guru Del Close, The Harold is now performed all over the world. This seven-week class will cover the basics of this fascinating form and examine how to use Harold principles in any long from structure. There will be two performances in this level.

Taught by Frank Caeti, Second City alum who has studied and performed The Harold at iO, iO West, and UCB.

 

LONG FORM MASTER CLASS: PERSONAL STORY LONG FORM

Whether its Armando, ASSSCAT or The Livng Room, we constantly use real stories of monologues to inspire scenes.  Learn how to honor the true stories through your scene while working on listening.  We will also learn how to tell personal stories in a way that is funny and personal to make an audience feel like they were there. This is the ultimate way to trust your ensemble and break new boundaries with the audience.

There will be two performances in this level. This course is taught by Emily Walker.

 

IMPROV BASICS FOR THE ADVANCED IMPROVISER

This specialty class takes all the rules you’ve learned and incorporates them back into a few simple, fundamental ideas that you’ve worked with since the beginning, breaking it down into simple goals. Improve your current scene work by diving back into the fundamentals, and receive detailed personal notes and feedback from your teacher. Just because it’s simple, doesn’t mean it’s easy. Easy to understand, a lifetime to master.

This course is taught by Second City Alumnus Dave Colan

 

ACTING 1: BEGINNING ACTING

The first level of the acting program examines fundamental acting skills focusing on tools from the intellectual side of the human condition. These tools include play analysis, beat work and monologue work. The stage/theater audition process will also be examined which will include resumes, headshots and audition etiquette. All improvisers should have acting classes as a part of their tool set. Add this class to your improv training or just learn the basics of acting on its own–no improv training is required to take this class.

 

ACTING 2: SCENE STUDY

Scene study – Level 2 focuses on partner work and skills taken from the emotional part of the human condition. Each student will be assigned a dramatic scene and partner while learning various tools like sense memory, emotional memory and personalization. Self esteem and building your confidence are vital parts to the emotional work as well.

 

SITCOM 101 FOR ACTORS

This is a 5-week Sitcom class focusing on script analysis, technique and the audition. The goal of this intensive is to make good actors and funny people more consistently successful in the audition room. Excellent practice for the seasoned actor; also, a great place to start for beginners. Get more out of your process by increasing your sitcom vocabulary, honing your skills and replacing bad habits with productive ones.

 

BEGINNING VOICEOVER FOR IMPROVISERS

Second City Alumnus Kiff VandenHeuvel teaches this seven-week course covering the world of commercial and character voiceover. This class will help you discover what you’ll will need to get started in the world of voiceover. Learn about mic technique, demos, the difference between narrator and character reads, rates, tips, tricks and resources for building your career in the LA voiceover scene. At the end of class you’ll receive mp3 files of your work.

 

CHICAGO STYLE IMPROV – LET’S GET PHYSICAL
Learn to get out of your head and into your body by bringing more physicality to your improv work.  Learning to use the environment, characters and feeling comfortable in your own skin to release you from “being in your head” and will unlock a doorway to scene work that is more spontaneous, effortless and fun.

Jonathan Browning currently teaches Advanced Long Form Improvisation at AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy) in Hollywood.  In Chicago, he was a company member of the Annoyance Theatre and performed in dozens of original pieces as well as “Coed Prison Sluts” and “What Every Girl Should Know…An Ode to Judy Blume”.  In Los Angeles, he was part of Robot Doctors, the first UCB LA Harold Team, and The IOWest House Team, Saucebox.

He has been teaching improvisation for over twenty years and believes that it can be one of the purest forms of spontaneity in art and in life.

  • Chicago Style Improv – Let’s Get Physical · Saturday, May 27th  · 12:30-3:30PM

 

STORYTELLING 101

Live storytelling shows have become one of the fastest growing and most personal forms of entertainment in Los Angeles. With the popularity of shows like The Moth, Mortified and Porchlight, audiences have shown that they love to hear a well-crafted and fascinating story. In this class we will focus on the craft of 1st-person storytelling – how to structure an event from your life in a way that is interesting and entertaining to other people. At the completion of the four weeks, each of the students will walk out with at least one stage-ready story, which will be performed in the final class show.

 

STAND-UP 101

Develop yourself as a solo comedic performer by writing and workshopping your own material. By understanding how earlier stand-up comics evolved, students experiment outside their comfort zone and experiment until discovering their own unique style. Class culminates in a final performance in The Second City Hollywood Studio Theater.

 

STAND-UP 201

Build on the skills developed in Stand-Up 101, honing your comedic voice through a variety of exercises and personal feedback. Class culminates in a final performance on one of The Second City Training Center’s stages.

 

MUSICAL IMPROV ESSENTIALS

This introductory class is highly recommended for those interested in the musical improvisation program. Students are introduced to vocal performance, production, projection, and the fundamental concepts of musical improvisation. This class provides a great overview for everyone interested in music, Second City-style.

 

IMPROV HIP HOP VOL. 1

Improv hip hop is not easy, but it can be learned. And it’s worth the hard work. The feeling of flawlessly freestyling on a stage as the audience loses its mind is amazing.  In this class you’ll learn how to freestyle, rap within improv scenes, cover basics of beatboxing and learn a number of awesome short form games including: Rap Line, Beastie Rap, Pass the Mic and Historical Rap Battle.

 

IMPROV HIP HOP VOL. 2

Use the rhythm & rhyme skills from level 1 in more complex games and long form improv narratives. We’ll push the envelope of freestyling in the form of telling stories and even improvise an all hip hop musical.

 

MINI COMEDY CAMPS AGES 6-7

Mini Summer Comedy Camps for ages 6-7 will be held during select camp sessions. Mini Camps meet Monday through Friday, 9am-12:45pm. Each day students rotate through two subjects:

Improv: An intro to the rules of Improv—saying yes, working together, listening, and having fun.

Musical Improv: Learn to spontaneously put words to music.

 

SUMMER COMEDY CAMPS AGES 8-18

Our summer comedy camps attract students from all over the world to learn improv, make friends, and perform on our stage!

Monday through Friday 9am – 3:30pm

Students are grouped by ages 8-10, 11-13, and 14-18. No previous experience is needed. Camp ends with a free show where the students show off what they’ve learned!

Each day students rotate through three subjects:

Improv: An Intro to the rules of Improv; saying yes, working together, listening, and having fun.

Sketch Comedy: An intro to the basics of writing sketch comedy scenes.

Musical Improv: Learn to spontaneously put words to music.

An optional after-camp care session is available from 3:30-5pm each day for $75.

 

YOUTH IMPROV

What kind of kid is yours? Shy kid? Class clown? Smart aleck? Get them into these classes that will feed what they need. They will learn improv exercises and games. No experience needed. Each term is 7 weeks long and designed to be taken several times.

 

INCLUSIVE IMPROV: IMPROV FOR KIDS WITH AUTISM AND BEYOND (ages 7-10)

Inclusive Improv is great for enhancing eye contact, building peer relationships, and stretching creative potential while playing games, listening, collaborating, and most importantly having fun!!!

The instructor team from The Second City and Zip Zap Zop Enrichment have experience working with children with special needs and providing improv programs and workshops at various schools in the LA area. Students will learn the same skills as a mainstream improv program with additional supports, pacing and comfort level that fits the needs of the group.

 

TEEN STAND-UP (ages 13-18)

Discover and express your unique comedic voice and develop your personal style as a stand-up comedian.  We will focus on generating original material, building stage presence and celebrating your take on the world. All culminating in a performance for your friends and family.

 

TEEN ACTING (ages 13-18)

Learn the basic skills of acting. Monologues, scenes and exercises are used to examine techniques an actor uses to establish a character. In this course, students discover skills found in the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual aspects of the human condition. Exercises include movement, sense memory, personalization, objective, beat work and beginning text analysis. Learn about auditioning as well as working in the business.

 

TEEN SKETCH (ages 14-18)

Teen Sketch is a quick and fun entry into the world of sketch comedy writing. This is an exercise-based class WITH NO GRADES (woohoo!) that is all about generating ideas and exploring point of view while learning some terminology along the way. Homework includes watching TV, Youtube clips and posting on the Discussion Board. Gain enough Experience Points (XP) and you are ready to Level Up.

 

ADVANCED IMPROV (AGES 14-18)

This advanced improv class is for students who have taken our Youth and Teen Improv classes and are ready for the next step. This is an audition level course.

 

TEEN TROUPE

The Teen Troupe is a seven week class designed for students who would like a deeper exploration of improvisation. The course will build ensemble technique and facility in improvisation. This will be accomplished through both long and short form improv work, culminating in a public presentation at The Second City Studio Theatre. Performances are held each week during the class term. Students are admitted to class by interview/audition only. Class size is limited and we are giving first priority to former students of the Teen Performance classes.

 

INTRODUCTION TO COMEDY WRITING

Low pressure and lots of fun! Beginners explore their comic voice through in-class writing exercises. Learn sketch formatting and story structure while utilizing the Second City core concept of “yes and”. Learn to write comedy just for fun or to ready yourself for your Conservatory show.

 

WRITING FOR SKETCH TV

Sketch Comedy – Learn to write sketches for TV shows like Saturday Night Live. Explore satire, character based sketches, commercial and television parodies, monologue/Weekend Update jokes, create scripts for digital shorts to promote your writing samples online and more. Collaborate with classmates and teacher to heighten and punch up ideas in this creative Writer’s Room experience. Please bring a laptop or phone for script sharing and Internet access.

 

WRITING FOR HILARIOUS SOCIAL AND POLITICAL SATIRE

Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report), Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), and Tina Fey (30 Rock) all started creating social and political satire at The Second City. You’re in Hollywood for a reason. Learn valuable tools to create smart, sharp, hilariously biting satire for TV sketch, sitcom, screenplay, the web, or the stage.

 

WRITING FOR LATE NIGHT TV AND TALK SHOWS (LEVEL 1)

Write desk bits, remote segments, guest pieces, sketch and a variety of segments for shows like Fallon, Conan, Kimmel, Seth Myers, Colbert, Ellen and more. Pitch monologue jokes, brainstorm, explore and heighten material in this collaborative Writer’s Room environment. Create original material to strengthen your writing samples, and produce the elements to put together your pitch packet for a talk show. Please bring a laptop or phone for Internet access.

 

SECOND DRAFTS AND BEYOND

An intense product-driven course that takes your sketch comedy from “needs a rewrite” to “ready for opening night!” Learn the difference between rewriting and revising, how to receive and implement notes from others and how to get the most out of Writers’ Room collaboration.

 

WRITING & PERFORMING WITH KEVIN MCDONALD (KIDS IN THE HALL)

Come join a new workshop with Kevin McDonald of the Kids n the Hall (that’s who he says he is anyway). In this workshop, you will each bring a script of a comedy sketch that you have written and we’ll put together a sketch show in two short days.

On Saturday, we will read all the sketches and Kevin will give notes – as only a man who had a sketch comedy show in the 90’s can. (Hopefully his notes won’t be “Can there be more references to Soundgarden?”). You will then have some time to re-write your sketches with Kevin’s help (If he isn’t too busy, listening to old Soundgarden albums). So bring your laptops or tablets to the workshop. Then we will re-read the newly written sketches and Kevin will give more notes. At the end of the day, 5 or 6 sketches will be chosen and Kevin will cast the parts with everyone in the class.

On Sunday, Kevin will direct and rehearse the scenes with the whole group. Even if your sketches aren’t picked – everyone has to be in at least one sketch. Kevin will rehearse each sketch, one at a time so even if you’re not in the sketch being rehearsed, you will have input on the sketch (like the Kids in the Hall used to do). That night (Sunday at 8pm), the new sketches will be performed as part of a show that Kevin is hosting. So come be a part of Kevin’s workshop/show – where he will also tell many Kids in the Hall anecdotes. Probably too many. You will probably end up asking him to stop telling Kids in the Hall anecdotes.

 

CREATING YOUR PILOT PITCH PACKET

Television Pilots – Discover the fundamentals of creating a pilot pitch for an original sitcom. Understand what the market is looking for and how to present your idea and make them laugh in the room. Craft log lines to character breakdowns, a synopsis and future episode ideas. Pitch your ideas; collaborate with classmates to explore and heighten show elements, culminating with your pitch and pitch packet. Please bring a laptop or phone for Internet access. Have 1-3 ideas ready to pitch.

 

SITCOM SPEC WRITING (LEVEL 1)

A spec script is an idea you have for an episode of an existing show (remember how you thought Liz Lemon should marry Pete Hornberger?). Learn sitcom story format, how to match the voice and tone of the show, how to give and take notes, and what the industry is looking for in a good spec. At the end of the class, you’ll have a rough draft.

 

SITCOM SPEC WRITING (LEVEL 2) FROM ROUGH DRAFT TO PROFESSIONAL LEVEL SPEC

Students who already have a rough first draft of a spec script will work to bring their script up to a professional level final draft by: receiving notes on their rough draft rewriting, honing in on character voices and show tone, and punching up jokes all while using the classroom as a simulated writers room. The level culminates in a table read of each spec at the Second City Hollywood that students can invite friends family and industry to attend.

 

ONLINE SKETCH WRITING 1

Students living away from one of the Second City Training Centers can still study comedy sketch writing! In Online Sketch Writing 1 students receive individual instruction through online correspondence, exploring the fundamentals of character development and theatrical scene structure. Exercises include a variety of comedic genres, from “Simple Yet Impossible Goal” to “Clash of Context” to “Inappropriate Response.” This course is conducted by e-mail and online correspondence with a Writing instructor.

 

ONLINE SKETCH WRITING 2

Building on Online Sketch Writing 1, students will continue to learn the universal comedy techniques used in mainstream media as well as focusing on satire, character development and rewriting.

 

ONLINE WRITING FOR LATE NIGHT TV AND TALK SHOWS

Write desk bits, monologues and a variety of segments for shows like Conan, Letterman, Kimmel, Ellen and more. Create original material to strengthen your writing samples.

 

ONLINE WRITING FOR LATE NIGHT TV AND TALK SHOWS 2

Building on Online Writing for Late Night and TV Talk Shows 1, this class will consist of joke maximizers for monologue jokes, finding the angle for your joke, monologue jokes with visual punchlines, the seven types of desk pieces, writing a rant on a topic like John Oliver, how to write a pitch for a live sketch in studio, writing bumpers (jokes for going in/out for commercial breaks), guest segment extras, Fallon-type games with guests, recurring comic character bits, series of jokes connected by a topic (like Fallon’s New iPhone apps), ideas for funny segments like kid inventors, and more submission packet info.

 

ONLINE CREATING AND PITCHING YOUR TV SERIES

You’ve been talking about your sitcom idea forever already. Make it happen! Learn what the market is looking for (seriously, what are they looking for?), how to present your idea, and make them laugh in the room. You’ll end this course with an original pitch packet – from log lines to character breakdowns to future episodes.

 

ONLINE SHAPE YOUR SKETCH: CONCEPTION TO PERFECTION

The most important part of the writing process is the RE-WRITING process. In this class, we take early drafts of your sketch, learn to hone on the premise, find the best context for it, and edit out everything unnecessary so your sketch is tight, efficient, and ready to perform. You’ll turn your early drafts in to show-ready, final drafts that give your material the best chance to succeed.

“The only kind of writing is rewriting.” ― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

 

ONLINE COMEDY WRITING BOOTCAMP: FISH OUT OF WATER

You’ve learned how to write a Fish Out of Water sketch. You’ve learned the concepts of ‘Insane in a Sane World’ and ‘Sane in a an Insane World.’ Have you had the opportunity to write BOTH types? AND get feedback? AND REWRITE them? This course is an intensive in all things Fish Out of Water. Get ready to generate new ideas, new sketches and rewrite old ones. YOU ARE NOT THE Fish Out of Water HERE. Jump in, the water’s fine!

 

ONLINE TEEN SKETCH (AGES 15-18)

Teen Sketch is a quick and fun entry into the world of sketch comedy writing. This is an exercise-based class WITH NO GRADES (woohoo!) that is all about generating ideas and exploring point of view while learning some terminology along the way. Homework includes watching TV, Youtube clips and posting on the Discussion Board. Gain enough Experience Points (XP) and you are ready to Level Up.

 

SUMMER OFFERINGS:

Summer Comedy Camps ages 6-18

Improv 2 Intensive • Fri-Sun 11-7PM • June 9th – June 11th

Acting 1: Beginning Acting Intensive • Mon-Fri 11-4:30PM • June 12th – June 16th

Improv 1 Intensive • Fri-Sun 11-7PM • June 23rd – June 25th

Writing for Late Night & TV Talk Shows Intensive • Tues-Fri 11-4:30PM • June 27th – June 30th

Physical Comedy Intensive • Mon-Fri 11-4:30PM • July 10th – July 14th

Improv 1 Intensive • Fri-Sun 11-7PM • July 14th – July 16th

Constructing Your Comedic Screenplay Intensive • Mon-Fri 11-4:30PM • July 17th – July 21st

Improv 2 Intensive • Fri-Sun 11-7PM • July 28th – July 30th

Improv 1 Intensive • Fri-Sun 11-7PM • August 11th – August 13th

Foundation of Second City Intensive • Mon-Fri 11-7PM • August 14th – August 18th

Improv 1 Intensive • Mon-Fri 11-4:30PM • August 21st – August 25th

Writing Hilarious Social & Political Satire Intensive • Fri-Sun 11-7PM • August 25th – August 27th

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