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Student Events

WRITING FESTIVAL! - Submissions are now being accepted for the 2014 Mary Scruggs Works By Women Festival. This is open to any female student currently enrolled in any of the adult classes at the Second City Training Center Chicago, or who was enrolled in any adult-level classes within one year of the date of the submission deadline. Awards are also given to selected writers! Check out the submission guidelines and get your works in by the October 16 deadline.

NEW SERIES! - The State of Improv series is designed to explore the latest trends and hot topics in the sketch and improv world. On Friday, September 19, Training Center Artistic Director Matt Hovde discusses Game scene vs Relationship scene. What exactly are they? How can I do them better? All will be explained, explored, and analyzed to nerdy comedic death. Tickets are $15 per person.

FREE Q&A! - Meet the cast of Evil Dead the Musical, the hilarious, record-breaking Canadian musical at a free Q&A on Wednesday, October 1 at 3pm. Evil Dead the Musical features a cast full of Chicagoans including Julie Baird, Callie Johnson, Ryan McBride, David Sajewich, Creg Sclavi, Demi Zaino and Toronto native Andrew Di Rosa. RSVP online and check out a special discount offer.

FREE PANEL! - You have an idea, now what? In our panel discussion How to Make Your Movie or Series Now, industry experts will guide you on your next steps. Meet producers, directors, actors, writers and production personnel that can help you make your dream script a reality in a post discussion meet-up. This free event meets Saturday, October 11 from 7-9pm.

Sirens - Women in Improv Level C and up are invited to attend a free workshop with Sirens, the longest running all-women improv group in the country, on Sunday, October 26. 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 is available here.

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.

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, 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.

IT'S BACK! Hosting for Television with Lesley Surdi - This Introduction to Hosting class is all about learning to think on your feet and soar under pressure. Lesley is here to 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. Offered Friday, September 19 at 6pm.

NEW! The Shoot with Stephen Cone - In this crash course on acting for the camera, you'll work with filmmaker Stephen Cone (The Wise Kids, Black Box) to rehearse and shoot 3-4 scenes on location at The Second City with professional film crew. Don't miss this opportunity to get in front of the camera and ahead of the game. You'll walk out prepared for not only nailing your audition, but succeeding in your work. This new two-day workshop takes place September 29-30.

SPECIAL! Audience Interaction: Beyond the Dream with Amanda Rountree - Taking audience members’ experiences and using them to create and inspire improv can be more than finding out about their day and showing them their possible dream or nightmare. Playback theatre is a form of improvisational theatre that takes personal experiences and turns them into theatrical pieces. This new one-day workshop will take place on Monday, October 13.

IT'S BACK! Yes Yes Y'all: A Rap Workshop - Bust some rhymes with Andy Carey, Sundays at 6pm beginning September 28.

DON'T MISS! Developing Your Movie Idea: A Crash Course - Gar & Beth Hoover return October 27-28 with their two-day story workshop that demystifies the process of developing a movie idea into a satisfying, feature-length screen narrative. Go through a lively, step-by-step story development process in real-time, then watch the magic happen as the process is applied to their own ideas.

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, September 21. 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 will be 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.