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Improv 1 Weekend Intensives REGISTER
Friday-Sunday, September 12-14
While learning the building blocks of improvisation, this course builds confidence through ensemble energy.

Improv 1 Weeklong Intensives REGISTER
Monday-Friday, October 13-17
You will learn the basic elements of The Second City style of improvisation. Students will study the agreements of improvisation, the building of an ensemble, creation of an environment and character construction.

The Writer's Lounge REGISTER
Are you a writer who would love a dedicated space, day, and time to write in each week? Would you like an experienced writing coach nearby to help if you have questions? Then the SC Writers Lounge is for you! Each week, the Second City Hollywood writers room will be set aside for three hours for you and a limited number of other writers. Come work in a quiet, dedicated room, enjoy the space and the opportunity to focus on your writing.

Like having a personal trainer for the gym, committing to the Writer's Lounge will help you hold yourself accountable by committing to the same day and time each week. And an experienced SC writer will be present for each full session if you'd like to get advice, run things by, and get feedback!

You must register for one month at a time, the tuition comes out to $25/day.

"The Artist's Way" REGISTER
Monday 7-10pm, September 15-December 8

We are excited to announce a new course in partnership with Leslie Fleming-Mitchell called "The Artists Way". This 12-week course is a guided journey through the book of the same name, using small group discussions, exercises and accountability to complete the program. This course will help the student remove blocks, expand confidence, productivity, and originality. Hone your creative genius, develop resilience, risk-taking, effective habits, and perseverance.

What is The Artists Way?  Created by Julia Cameron and Mark Bryan, it is a comprehensive program to recover your creativity from a variety of blocks, including limiting beliefs, fear, self-sabotage, jealousy, guilt, addictions, and other inhibiting forces, replacing them with artistic confidence and productivity.
Why take The Artists Way class? In the words of others who have completed the Artists Way course, "This course will change your life" and "This book is an amazing guide to recovering your creative core." Taking the class will keep you on track with the timeline of the book and keep you accountable. Not only that, it will enhance your creative life, sharpen your creative focus and free you from many of the bad habits that keep you from being fully creative.

Who Should Take This Class?  If you are a current student of The Second City, you are already taking the first steps to unleashing the artists within you. This class is for ANY creative person looking to actively unleash their creative power.

Who is Teaching This Course? Leslie Fleming-Mitchell is an actress and documentary filmmaker with many film credits. She is a certified AW teacher, endorsed by authors Julia Cameron and Mark Bryan in 1996 to introduce it to France and Italy where it continues to support hundreds of artists, writers and performers. She co-founded the Shakespeare in Santa Fe theatre festival, Frogs On The Water Theatre, Something In The Air Dance Theatre and the Nausikaa Theatre Company in Paris, and taught at the University of Massachusetts - Boston, The American School In Paris and at esteemed performing arts and film schools throughout the U.S. Acting students have included Emile Hirsch, Rockmond Dunbar (Sons of Anarchy), Hank Harris (Pumpkin) and Robert Wahlberg (The Departed).

Saturday 12-4pm, September 27-November 8

Second City Hollywood partners with The Clown School! Since 2009, this premiere clown school has taught a diverse population of participants from all over the world and now they’re coming to SECOND CITY HOLLYWOOD!

We’ll open up the honest and physical world of the clown, invite you to explore and expose your capacity to be creative via your most ridiculous self.

Get Your Submission Noticed! REGISTER
Saturday, October 11, 12-3pm
Is your sketch group applying for a comedy festival? Are you a stand-up comedian or improviser wanting to perform at an established theater? Have a one-person show and trying to get into a Fringe? Then, make it happen!

Paul Stein, Executive Producer of the Comedy Central Stage, will share the secrets of what works, what doesn’t, and the three things you should always do when putting together a proposal that could take your performing to the next level. Seeing dozens of query submissions a year (and hundreds over time), Paul will offer insights and tools on how to make the “best possible presentation” when applying to that desired festival or theater.

This one-day workshop will offer discussion, Q & A, in-class handouts, application examples, writing exercises, festival listings, tips on financial budgeting, ideas on promotion and much more.

Classical Comedy: Shakespeare’s Fools, Clowns & Lovers REGISTER
Taught by Carolyn Wright
Tuesdays, October 28-November 18, 6:30-10pm

Take the fear out of Shakespeare with this fun and supportive class! Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum company member and Second City grad, Carolyn Marie Wright, will introduce you to techniques in Scansion, Rhetoric and Text Analysis and then apply these techniques to specially-assigned classical monologues. Carolyn uses her unique blend of Classical and Contemporary Comedy to encourage students to create multi-layered, grounded characters and “find the funny” in high stake situations. You will leave class with an audition-appropriate monologue. All experience levels welcome.