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Are you looking to visit Chicago to fully experience the vitality of its sketch and improv community? Are you a local who wants to spend some time exploring writing and improvisation? Our immersion programs attract students from all over the country and abroad. Come learn new skills, meet new friends, and take advantage of Chicago’s rich comedy scene.
Four levels of Improvisation and Writing classes are offered. Complete all four levels, or just visit for a week or two. In the summer months, the Training Center offers a variety of Specialty Immersions for advanced students. Immersion classes are Monday through Friday each week, and Improv/Writing Level 1 tuition includes a ticket to a resident Second City show. Our Summer Immersions coincide with the youth and teen Summer Camps--ideal for parents and kids who want to take class at the same time.
Improv and Comedy Writing classes will be held in morning or afternoon sessions. Specialty Immersions are either half-day or all-day classes.
Morning sessions: Monday-Friday, 10am - 1pm
Afternoon sessions: Monday - Friday, 2pm - 5pm
|1 Week Tuition
Comedy Writing, $285
Improv & Comedy Writing Combo, $525
|2 Week Tuition
Comedy Writing, $525
Improv & Comedy Writing Combo, $1000
|3 Week Tuition
Comedy Writing, $810
Improv & Comedy Writing Combo, $1500
|4 Week Tuition
Comedy Writing, $1000
Improv & Comedy Writing Combo, $1900
2013/14 IMMERSION DATES
Session 1: June 2-6 CHECK AVAILABILITY
Session 2: June 9-13 CHECK AVAILABILITY
Session 3: June 16-20 CHECK AVAILABILITY
Session 4: June 23-27 CHECK AVAILABILITY
Session 5: July 7-11 CHECK AVAILABILITY
Session 6: July 14-18 CHECK AVAILABILITY
Session 7: July 21-25 CHECK AVAILABILITY
Session 8: July 28-August 1 CHECK AVAILABILITY
Session 9: August 4-8 CHECK AVAILABILITY
Session 10: August 11-15 CHECK AVAILABILITY
Session 11: August 18-22 CHECK AVAILABILITY
Session 12: August 25-29 CHECK AVAILABILITY
Registration for all Immersion sessions ends at noon Central time on the Friday before the session begins.
Scholarships are available for Summer Immersions sessions. The application is available here. Applications are due by Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 5pm Central time. Applicants will be notified of scholarship decisions by May 19.
Where to stay in Chicago?
The Second City Training Center DOES NOT provide housing for Immersion students. Students are responsible for arranging their own accommodations. See our "Where to Stay" list for recommended hotels, hostels, and dormitories in the Chicago area, some with special rates for Second City students!
Please do not make travel arrangements until you receive a confirmation from the Training Center that you are enrolled.
Prerequisites: Open to all students. Improv 1 Immersion must be completed before taking Improv 2 Immersion, etc.
Improvisation 1: Fundamentals--A detailed look at the principles and processes of improvisation for both beginning and experienced performers. Students will study the fundamentals of the improvised scene including character, environment, and ensemble work. Available in every Session except summer Session 8.
Improvisation 2: Scene Work and Introduction to Long Form--An expansion of the fundamentals that focuses on scenic improvisation for students who have completed Improvisation Immersion 1.
Improvisation 3: Character--Following up on Improvisation Immersion 2, this course focuses on character and emotion to help inspire your scene work. The class helps the actor look within him/herself to find more powerful choices.
Improvisation 4: Advanced Scene Work--Draw upon the outside world to inspire your scenework. Dig into the environment and focus on looking to your scene partner to help advance your scene work as well as you as a performer.
Prerequisites: Open to all students. Writing 1 Immersion must be completed before taking Writing 2 Immersion, etc.
Writing 1: Fundamentals & Components of Sketch Comedy--An introduction to sketch comedy techniques including characterization, comic premise and story structure. Available in every Session except summer Session 8.
Writing 2: Working with Premises for Sketch Comedy--A further exploration of using comic premises to develop original sketch comedy for students who have completed Writing Immersion 1.
Writing 3: Elements of a Comedy Revue--Expand your comedy writer's toolkit. From full-cast scenes to monologues, discover the types of sketches that round-out a Second City revue.
Writing 4: Advanced Topics in Sketch--Refine your comic voice and strengthen your skill in revision while learning premises that break the rules - clothesline scenes, songs and more.
Specialty Immersions are courses in a particular topic often with special guest instructors. The Specialty Immersions run concurrently with our regular Improv and Writing Immersions. These are available as half-day or full-day sessions depending on the course. A full schedule of Specialty Immersions is available during our Summer sessions.
Specialty Immersions Tuition: Each course is priced individually. Check the course details for pricing.
Prerequisites: Each Specialty Immersion will have its own prerequisites or acceptance can be given by permission of the program head. Previous training will be considered toward the prerequisites. Contact Immersion Coordinator Julia DiFerdinando at email@example.com or call the Training Center at 312-664-3959 to obtain permission.
Writing TV & Film for Beginners 1 This beginners version of our popular "Story for TV & Film" course explores visual writing, story structure and character development. Learn to write quickly and improvisationally while applying the stylistic and format requirements of film and TV to discover the key moments of your story. This class results in a working outline for a TV or film script. Taught by Terrance Brown, available December 16-20 from 10am-5pm; $340. Open to all students.