“My journey is a good example of the many roads you can take through Second City! “ ~Danny Pudi, Community (NBC)
Improvising New Voices…
Talent Cultivation - We develop new voices in improv. Specifically, talent of diverse, multicultural ethnic backgrounds. We encourage actors and improvisers of color to bring their perspective, funny, and improv to audition for a slot in our ensemble show, Urban Twist. Work with a Second City director to perform some of our best vault of funny material in a ten performance week.
Auditions are held yearly in August by appointment only. One year’s experience in improvisation or extensive stage experience required. Submit headshots and resume for consideration to email@example.com
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Bob Curry Fellowship
The Second City is proud to announce the Bob Curry Fellowship offering actors of color a unique eight week mentoring and development opportunity that includes training in improv, sketch comedy writing and acting. The Bob Curry Fellowship is funded by Second City's Outreach & Diversity program and named for Second City alumni, Bob Curry.
Auditions for qualified actors of color will be held on Tuesday, February 25, by appointment only at The Second City Training Center. Headshots can be submitted by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration January 30 - February 5th. Auditions are by appointment only. For criteria, click here
The Fellowship program begins Monday, March 25 with master classes starting Tuesday and Thursdays from 4:00 - 7:00pm at The Second City Training Center. The program will culminate in a showcase performance at The Second City e.t.c. stage.
Bob Curry was the first African American improviser to perform as a member of The Second City Mainstage in 1966. After his tenure at The Second City, he continued to develop as an artist. He was a Joseph Jefferson Award-winning actor and inspiring director who coached many actors of color in the Chicago theatre community including fellow Second City alumni Aaron Freeman on several projects and directing "Paul Robeson" at Kennedy-King College shortly before his death in 1994.
In 2014-15, one recipient in Chicago, Hollywood, and Toronto will receive the distinguished NBC Diversity Scholarship award to continue their training for one year in advanced improvisation or sketch writing. Qualified talent will be selected from annual auditions, submissions, or Bob Curry Fellowship as applicable in each city.
Outreach Ambassadors and Work –Study Scholarships
Each year, Outreach & Diversity supports new and established diverse talent with support for classes by selecting qualified talent from recruitment, and/or auditions. Engage with us by seeing shows, submitting an application and meeting the director for these opportunities. To apply and learn more, Click here
PUMA and Second City Outreach. Our Corporate Partnership with PUMA awarded $20K+ in scholarships to new talent.