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The Second City's Diversity

Scholarships & Auditions


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. One year’s experience in improvisation or extensive stage experience required. Submit headshots and resume for consideration to

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Bob Curry Fellowship
The Second City is proud to announce our partnership with NBC Universal supporting our Bob Curry Fellowship and diversity programming. Our eight week professional master program offers actors of color a unique, one of kind training program for exceptional talent seeking a career in sketch comedy, writing and acting. The Bob Curry Fellowship named for Second City alumni, Bob Curry is only program of this kind in the world.

Auditions will be posted in January 2015. Headshots can be submitted by e-mailing for consideration January 30 - February 5th. Auditions are by appointment only. For criteria, click here

The Fellowship program begins March 2015 with master classes starting Tuesday and Thursdays from 4:00 - 7:00pm at The Second City Training Center. Dates TBA. The program will culminate in a showcase performance on The Second City e.t.c. stage.

Bob Curry:
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.

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