All students have a profile where they can see their past and current classes and register online. If you have problems accessing your profile, contact the TC.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES! - Each month the Training Center will host a discussion with theatre professionals to provide you with new ideas and perspectives to help improve your processes and present yourself and your work in better ways. Check out the event information page for upcoming discussions. Tickets are $5 per person.
Improv jams every Thursday night at 10pm! Check in at 4th floor reception for location.
Music Improv jams every Saturday at 4pm in the de Maat Studio Theater.
Class Performances - The schedule of end-of-term performances are usually confirmed by the third week of a term. Class performances can be found here.
Join us for Second City Shorts! On the last Tuesday of the month, teams of Second City faculty, student & alumni filmmakers screen under-two-minute shorts based on an audience suggestion. Any student may attend and submit a video. Students who are not in a group or do not have film equipment can network with other aspiring shorts makers every Tuesday night. The faculty improv jam Those Who Can't will perform every Tuesday.
Sirens, the longest running all-women improv group in the country, offers a free workshop for our women students in Improv Level C and up on the second Sunday of each month. Participants will have a workshop with the group and then perform with the Sirens in an 8:00pm show in the de Maat Theater. Sign-up will be available here.
Join Bryan Bowden for a free stand-up open mic on Saturdays at 10pm in Room 405. To get a slot, please fill out this form by Friday at 2pm. Ranjit Souri also coordinates the free Sunday Morning Open Mic at 11am, and participants can request a slot beginning on Monday at noon through the Facebook group.
The Midnight Melt is a free live show at the de Maat Theater every Friday at Midnight. TC students and alums perform improv, sketch, stand-up, clowning and more each week. This is an opportunity for you to try out your material in front of an audience. To get a slot, email Andrew Thorp.
Special Classes and Workshops
If a class is full, you can add yourself to the waiting list by continuing with the registration process. Students on the waiting list often get the first opportunity to enroll if additional classes are added or when the class is offered again.
SPECIAL! Fun Fuuuuun Find the F'ing Fun - Andel Sudik wants to remind Conservatory students and grads what it was like to have fun with improv so you can return to your creative processes refreshed. Available Thursday, December 12 from 4-7pm.
BRAND NEW! Duos - Joe Bill will help Duos find their voice, experiment with character and scene work to suit your approach, find dynamic shifts to serve a longer (25-30 minute) show and explore long-form formats. Available in Term 1 2014 on Saturdays at 1pm.
BRAND NEW! The 3-Person Scene - Rachael Mason will help you improve your scene work when there are two other people on stage with you. Available in Term 1 2014 on Mondays at 4pm.
RETURNING! Writing Strong Women - Anne Marie Saviano helps writers create memorable female characters who drive the scene. Available in Term 1 2014 on Thursdays at 4pm.
EXCLUSIVE! Writing with The Onion - Second City has partnered with The Onion to present this new program outlining The Onion's unique system of generating comedy ideas and stories. Learn how to create winning premises, essays and one-liners, but also find your unique comedy voice and learn to trust it to produce reliably successful humor writing. You'll work through The Onion's multi-step process in a workshop environment. A three-day Intensive version is available December 16-18!
NEW! Improv F(orever) - For Improv A-E and IFA program graduates who want to keep working on exercises and games while having fun with other grads. Students can take this course as many times as they like. Available in Term 1 2014 on Sundays at 6pm.
If there is a class we don't offer that you would like, let us know!
We know many of our students are new to auditioning, so check out our audition guide for helpful information!
Graduates of the Conservatory and Music Improv programs are invited to audition for our House Ensembles. The next auditions for Infinite Sundaes, the Music Improv House Ensemble, are on Friday, December 20; audition sign-ups begin on Friday, December 6. The sign-up link will be available on the House Ensembles information page. Auditions are held periodically throughout the year.
Conservatory - Auditions are held every term. Dates and prerequisites can be found on the Conservatory program info page. If you have not completed the prerequisite requirements at The Second City, please submit your information via this submission form and your approval to audition will be confirmed or another program will be recommended for you.
Music Improv program - Auditions are held generally every term but can change. Dates and prerequisites can be found on the Music Improv program info page.
Coached ensembles - These are a great opportunity for all A-E and IFA students. A number of ensembles will be created and coached by our fantastic faculty members. Each ensemble gets a multi-week run in the Skybox Theater on Thursday nights at 10:30pm. The next auditions are TBA. Sign-up for an audition time here.
Writing 6 shows - Students in Writing 5-6 are creating a stage revue and need performers. Auditions are generally held in week 7 or 8 of a term. Auditions are only open to TC students, and you must be available for rehearsal during the Writing 6 class time. Next auditions are December 8, 12 & 19. Auditions sign-ups are available online.
Your student ID card is the key to free show tickets and discounts available only to Training Center students. Check out our Student Perks page for all of our current discounts available with your current Training Center ID card. When you're on the go, use a QR scanner to scan the back of your ID to access the Student Perks information page.
Volunteering is the easiest way for adult students to receive discounted tuition. Volunteers assist with high volume events at the Training Center or represent the Training Center at various events and locations around Chicago. To apply to be a volunteer (also known as the Second City Dream Team), please submit this form. Applicants should be or have previously been a Training Center student.
The Second City Training Center wants to hear about the cool stuff you are doing! If you have a major show or commercial coming up, had an article written about you, just had a video reach a huge number of hits or something else that means a lot to you, let us know and we will try to share it with the community. Click here to fill out the Student Spotlight form. We get a lot of responses so we may not be able to share every submission. If you have any questions, contact Andrew Thorp.