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Student Events

SKETCH CAST! - Sketch Cast is a new group opportunity that gives actors the chance to perform their own written material in an ensemble on the de Maat Studio Theatre stage. Ensembles will be cast via a submission AND audition process. Writing submissions will be accepted until Saturday, January 31, and auditions will be held Sunday, February 8. Check out the submission info page for all the details.

Jams - 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.

Check out some of your favorite instructors in the faculty improv jam Those Who Can't every Tuesday at 10:15pm in the deMaat Studio Theatre. They're looking for variety acts to open the show: sketch groups, music, improv, standup, jugglers, and everything in-between. For more info or to request a spot, message Jay Sukow and Micah Philbrook on the Those Who Can't Facebook page.

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.

Performance opportunities are available for Training Center students and groups with our HouseCo teams every Saturday night in the de Maat Studio Theatre! Bring your student ID with you for free admission.
 • Next at 7:30pm–Come see what you think of the latest original sketch material! Youth & Teen students may play the improv set at the end.
 • Twisty at 9:00pm–Your improv group could be chosen to open for Twisty! If interested, contact Stephanie Case.
 • Moxie at 10:30pm–Training Center students have a chance to play the improv set with Moxie at the end of the show!

Join Nick Johne for a free stand-up open mic on Saturdays at 9pm 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, please fill out this form by noon on Friday, comment on our Facebook Page open mic post, or stop by for a walk-in spot.


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.

NEW! Cartooning: a 2D Guide to 3D Characters with Steven Fischer - Create original characters and personal stories in this unique storytelling workshop. Participants exercise the creative process to develop original characters and stories through the art of cartooning. Cartoonist and writer/producer Steven Fischer leads participants through writing and drawing exercises that help develop well-rounded characters, locations, stories, and themes. No drawing experience is necessary. Available Saturday, February 28.

DON'T MISS! Hosting for Television with Lesley Surdi - Lesley will throw you curve balls and challenge you in different hosting situations. Everything from entertainment stand-ups (think E! News), how to be red carpet savvy, game show hosting, co-hosting tricks, and man-on-the-street interviewing. Two class times are available on Friday, February 27.

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 are TBA. 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 on Sunday, February 1. 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 TBA. Auditions sign-ups are available online.

Student Perks and More

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.

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.