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Summer Comedy Camps (ages 8-18)

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Spend part of your summer at The Second City where you can exercise your creative energies in our improvisation and comedy writing camps. Our Comedy Camps attract students from all over the country and abroad. Learn new skills, meet new friends and enjoy Chicago in the summer.

Summer camps are one or two weeks long with classes on Monday through Friday each week. At the end of two-week camps, students present a show for their family and friends on one of the Second City stages. Students are also treated to a special performance by The Second City National Touring Company and an end-of-camp pizza party.

NEW FOR 2015! For the first time we are offering summer camps for ages 8-10 as well as our first Advanced Comedy Camps for ages 15-18!

SUMMER 2015 SCHEDULE
Camp 1 - June 8-19
Camp 2 - June 22-July 3
Camp 3 - July 6-17
Camp 4 - July 20-31
Camp 5 - August 3-14
Camp 6 - August 17-21 (one week, no final performance)
Camp 7 - August 24-28 (one week, no final performance)
Registration closes by 5pm on the Friday before a camp starts. Post-camp workshops can still be booked until the first day of camp if space is available, but online registration may be closed.

Please note all tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable. Registrants may cancel or switch camps through February 1, 2015 with no fees, but administrative fees may be charged after this date.

HOW TO REGISTER When registering a student online, the parent/guardian must create a profile for themselves first and then add the student as a family member before completing the registration. If the student has previously attended Training Center classes, please use the existing student profile.  We strongly recommend that a parent or guardian's email address is listed on the student profile.

Students are grouped by age, and there are generally multiple sections of each age group. Student pairing requests cannot be taken. 

HAVE QUESTIONS? Please check out our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions). The answers to most questions can be found on the FAQ, but if you need more information please email youthprogram@secondcity.com.

SCHOLARSHIPS The Second City Training Center has a limited number of full and partial scholarships available. The application form will be available here by January 9, 2015. Applications are due by April 1, 2015; late applications will not be accepted. All applicants will be notified of a decision by mid-May—no phone calls or emails please.

WHERE TO STAY Coming from out of town? The Second City Training Center does not provide housing for camp students. See our "Where to Stay" list for recommended hotels, hostels, and dormitories in the Chicago area.


Comedy Camp ages 8-10

Improv (9am–12:30pm) - Students exercise their sense of play through improvisational games and exercises that are the foundation of The Second City’s unique brand of comedy. Our teachers will work with these new improvisers to help enhance their ability to communicate with others and develop confidence in their own creativity while working as part of an ensemble.

$560 for two-week camps; $280 for one-week camps

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Comedy Camp ages 11-14

Improv (10am–12:30pm) - Explore the fundamentals of improv as taught and performed at The Second City. Develop skills like creative thinking, self-confidence, listening, brainstorming, team building, empathy, and communication, while having loads of fun and laughs.  

Sketch Comedy (1pm–3:30pm) - Learn the basics of sketch comedy scenes, the building blocks of any Second City show. Study classic Second City scenes, use improv to develop scenes, and create original sketches.

$800 for two-week camps; $400 for one-week camps

Add an optional post-camp workshop: Games & Movies or Creating Digital Shorts. Post-camp workshops meet from 3:40-5:00pm on Monday through the second Thursday for two-week camps, everyday for one-week camps.

Games and Movies for ages 11-12 - After a day of improv and sketch comedy it’s time to relax and hang out! Students are allowed to watch a movie or join one another in a Connect Four tournament.
$100 for two-week camps; $50 for one-week camps

Creating Digital Shorts for ages 13-14 - Enjoy watching videos on FunnyorDie and YouTube? Then join us in this workshop that will teach the creative process used to create your own video shorts.
$175 for two-week camps; $87.50 for one-week camps

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Comedy Camp ages 15-18

Improv (10am–12:30pm) - Explore the fundamentals of improv as taught and performed at The Second City. Develop skills like creative thinking, self-confidence, listening, brainstorming, team building, empathy, and communication, while having loads of fun and laughs.  

Sketch Comedy (1pm–3:30pm) - Learn the basics of sketch comedy scenes, the building blocks of any Second City show. Study classic Second City scenes, use improv to develop scenes, and create original sketches.

Stand-Up (3:40pm-5:00pm) - Come develop your personal style as a stand-up comedian as we focus on developing material, stage presence, and delivery.

$1000 for two-week camps; $500 for one-week camps

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Advanced Comedy Camp ages 15-18

The Second City Advanced Comedy Camp is a fully comprehensive program that dives deep into the skills required to present a Second City-style revue. Curriculum includes training in advanced scenework and long form improvisation as well as additional lessons in clowning, stand-up, and music improvisation. Students will also receive a special track jacket as a souvenir of their summer with Second City.

SUMMER 2015 SCHEDULE
Advanced Camp 1 - June 8-26
Advanced Camp 2 - July 6-24
Advanced Camp 3 - August 3-21

Prerequisites: Students must submit this application, a resume, headshot/photo, and a short essay to be considered for this program to youthprogram@secondcity.com. Students will need to have completed at least two 14-week terms of improv training at Second City or at least two sessions in our summer camp program. For the essay, answer the following question: "Aside from your family and friends, who or what makes you laugh and why?" All materials should be submitted together.

Application deadline: March 16, 2015 (*limited spaces available)

Performances: Students will present their stand-up material on the second Friday of the program and a one-act sketch revue on the final day.