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.
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.
NEW! Basic Writing with The Onion - Second City has partnered with The Onion to present this fundamental course 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.
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.
NEW! Physical Characters and Scenes - This advanced class continues the development of clowning and gives students practical experience in how to apply physical comedy skills to their sketch and improv work. Emphasizing forms, structures, and performance, this class will explore physical skills in scenes, sketches, improvisation and musical numbers.
NEW! Writing TV & Film for Beginners - This beginners version of our popular "Story for TV & Film" course explores visual writing, story structure and character development. Learn to write quickly and improvisationally while applying the stylistic and format requirements of film and TV to discover the key moments of your story.
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 the Improv ensembles are on Friday, June 7. The sign-up link will be available on the House Ensembles information page.
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 five-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 on Wednesday, May 29. 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 Club Card information page for all of our current discounts. When you're on the go, use a QR scanner to scan the code on back of your ID to access the Club Card information page.
TC students are featured in our Student Spotlight blog. Do you know a student who deserves some time in the spotlight? Contact Andrew Thorp to nominate them.