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Second City Chicago

Three-Day Intensives

Basic training in three days for adults

Want to immerse yourself in some Second City Training, but don't have eight weeks? Intensive classes are three days of fast-paced improvisation and/or writing training for those who can't take a weeklong program or want a quick brush up on skills. Choose a schedule of all-improv, all-writing or improv-writing combination of classes. Tuition includes a Second City show.

  • All-Improv Intensive - 10 AM - 4 PM
    An intensive look at the principles and processes of improvisation for beginning performers.
  • All-Writing Intensive - 10 AM - 4 PM
    An introduction to sketch comedy techniques including characterization, comic premise and story structure.
  • Improv & Writing Intensive - 10 AM - 4 PM
    Morning principles and processes of improvisation class and afternoon introduction to sketch comedy technique class.

Tuition: Each Intensive is $299.

Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable and must be paid at the time of registration. If an Intensive is currently full, you can place yourself on a waiting list. If you have questions, contact program administrator Julia DiFerdinando at 312-475-3584.

WHERE TO STAY IN CHICAGO? See our "Where to Stay" list for recommended hotels, hostels, and dormitories in the Chicago area, some with special rates for Second City students!

For the summer months, check out our week-long Immersions. December and January Immersions are also available!


All-Improv Intensive REGISTER

  • Fri December 26 - Sun December 28, 2014
    Mon January 19 - Wed January 21, 2015
    Wed April 1 - Fri April 3, 2015
    Wed May 20 - Fri May 22, 2015

All-Writing Intensive REGISTER

  • Fri December 26 - Sun December 28, 2014
    Wed April 1 - Fri April 3, 2015

Improv and Writing REGISTER

  • Mon December 29 - Wed December 31, 2014
    Mon February 16 - Wed February 18, 2015


Intro to Writing for TV & Film Intensives are available December 15-19 & 29-31. A Stand-Up Immersion with comedian Ever Mainard is also being offered December 15-19.