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The world's largest school of improvisation and sketch comedy.
We have a variety of classes that require no previous experience or training. Look for the No Experience Necessary icon for classes that are open to everyone. We have entry-level classes in Improv, Writing, Acting, Music, Physical Theater and more! Go to our Courses page for more information.
Want to see what an improv class is like? Come to one of our improv drop-in classes!
How to register
Online through any of the registration links on our website or directly at http://student.secondcity.com, by phone at 312-664-3959 or in person at the Training Center office.
New Student Orientation
Orientation is a great opportunity to meet program heads, ask questions, hear about benefits available to you as a student, etc. Orientation is usually held at 10:00am in the Second City Mainstage Theater and lasts up to an hour. Attendance is not mandatory but is encouraged. Anyone who is planning to sign up for class but hasn't done so is also welcome to attend. Transcripts are not available.
2013 Orientation Dates
March 3, April 28, June 23, August 25, October 20
Where are classes held?
The Training Center is located in the Piper's Alley building at the corner of North Avenue and Wells Street (1608 N Wells St) on the 3rd and 4th floors. Training Center reception, offices, 400 level classrooms and Donny's Skybox Theater are on the fourth floor; 300 level classrooms and the de Maat Studio Theater are on the third floor. Classrooms and instructors are usually confirmed during the week before a term begins, and students will be emailed once these are confirmed.
Parking is available close to Pipers Alley with pay lots and metered street parking. We are also a block away from the Sedgwick station on the Brown "El" line and are convenient to the 11, 22, 36, 72 and 73 bus routes. If you are coming from farther away, visit www.transitchicago.com to find information better suited for your journey.
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It really gave me the tools on how to roll with the punches not only in scene work but with your career path or your personal life and just your life – just be flexible and open to change. -Jack McBrayer