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Student Appreciation Week

You're appreciated!

One day? Why not a week?

Student Appreciation Week is August 19-24! Come join us for free shows, workshops, and seminars all week long.

Check out our list of free shows and workshops below. Space is limited in each event and will be available on a first come first served basis on the day of the event; reservations are required where noted. Guests are also welcome to attend.

We'll have Youth & Teen workshops for ages 4-18 on Saturday morning from 10:00-11:50am and a teen open mic on Tuesday night.


Tuesday, August 19

7:30pm Teen Stand-up Open Mic - Bryan Bowden hosts an open mic for teen students ages 13-18. Students can perform a 3-5 minute stand-up set. Space is limited, so email Jessica Antes to sign up for a spot. Donny's Skybox Theater 
9:00pm Those Who Can't - Come improvise with our faculty! Those Who Can't meet every Tuesday at 10:15pm. Donny's Skybox Theater


Wednesday, August 20

7:00pm Groundhog Day screening and discussion - Join us for a viewing of the film Groundhog Day, directed by Second City alum Harold Ramis. Following the film, Writing instructor Rob Kozlowski will engage the audience in a post-show discussion about the film. Snacks will be provided. Please reserve your spot online. deMaat Studio Theater


Thursday, August 21

6:00pm Auditioning for On-Camera Work - Lauren Phillips, a former talent agent now serving as a Casting Associate for Paskal Rudnicke Casting, gives an introductory seminar into the on-camera auditioning world. You will learn the difference between good and bad headshots, how to prepare for commercial auditions vs TV/film, and when it's time to find an agent and how. All questions are welcomed and encouraged. Time permitting, we will discuss terminology of the business and the different steps from an audition to a booking. Please reserve your spot online. Due to limited space, this event is only open to current and former Training Center students.
7:30pm The Best of Writing 6 - See some of the best sketches from our Writing Program graduation revues. Donny's Skybox Theater
9:00pm The Best of Conservatory Level 6 - See some of the best scenes from our Conservatory graduate shows. Donny's Skybox Theater
10:00pm Improv Jam - Every Thursday night at 10pm we hold an improv jam for our Improv A-E students or anyone who just wants more practice or time to play. Room 405


Friday, August 22

10:15am Humor Doesn't Retire: Improv for Seniors - This 3-hour workshop for participants ages 55+ launches our new Improv for Seniors program. Improvisation expands your creativity, helps you think faster on your feet, work better with others and much more. Whether you want to socialize, stay mentally sharp, physically active or simply wish to participate in a fun weekly activity, improv is the answer. Please reserve your spot online.


Saturday, August 23

Youth & Teen Workshops
Imaginaction ages 4-8
Improv X ages 9-12
Youth Acting ages 9-12
Clowning ages 12-18
Teen Improv ages 13-18
Teen Stand-up ages 13-18
Teen Acting ages 13-18


Finding the Song
with Jeff Bouthiette
Hunting for Ideas with Joe Janes
Working at The Second City with Anthony LeBlanc, Matt Hovde, Chelsea Devantez
Writing for TV & Film with Terrance Brown
Improv Jam with Jessica Mitolo


Beginning Improv with Jessica Mitolo
Diversity & The Second City with Anthony LeBlanc
Music Improv with Jeff Bouthiette
Playing the Opposite Gender with John Loos
Scenic Improv with Jeff Griggs
Second City Casting Mythbuster with Beth Kligerman, Matt Hovde, Monica Wilson, Jenna Deja
Solo Improv with Andy Eninger
Voiceover with Kathleen Puls Andrade
Writing is Rewriting with Joe Janes 


Comedic Songwriting with Jeff Bouthiette
Improvisational Writing with Joe Janes
Long Form Improv with Jeff Griggs
Networking with Angie McMahon
Improv Jam with JJ Howe


Sunday, August 24

Improv Games with James Whittington
Improv Jam with Lisa Bany
Music Jam with Jonathan Wagner


Before They Were Stars
with Matt Hovde
Beginning Improv with Lisa Bany
Dramatic Improv with John Hildreth
Monologues with James Whittington
Music Improv Fundamentals with Stephanie Vlcek
Voiceover with Kathleen Puls Andrade
Writing for TV & Film with Terrance Brown
Script Doctor with Joe Janes—Sign-up is required. A maximum of 6 writers will be accepted. Submit a sketch of your choosing (no more than 5 pages) to Jessica Antes. Please indicate which workshop time you want to attend. Actors will be provided for the staged readings. Submissions are due by Friday, August 22.


Games! Games! Games! with John Hildreth
Networking with Angie McMahon
Power Listening with Megan Hovde
Promoting Your Show with Jay MacIntosh, Rob Holmes and Andrew Thorp
TV Dialogue with Terrance Brown
Music Improv Jam with Stephanie Vlcek


Comedic Songwriting with Jonathan Wagner
Creating Characters with Megan Hovde
Networking with Angie McMahon
Writing for The Second City Network with Jeph Porter and Liz Kozak
Writing with The Onion with Scott Dikkers
Improv Jam with Lisa Bany


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