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  • Jan 31 2012

    Past Student, Touring Company Alum, and "30 Rock" Cast Member, John Lutz, Discusses His Fear of Planes and Snakes with "Wired"

    John Lutz gets deep about his fear of snakes and flying in this "Wired" article.

    Lutz moved to Chicago with the goal of working with The Second City. He took classes with The Second City Training Center and later was invited to join the National Touring Company.

    The Second City now offers Summer Immersions for adults in Improv, Sketch Writing, Music and more! Check out our weekly offerings here!

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  • Jan 24 2012

    A Dog Day With The Second City Training Center!

    The Training Center staff spent the afternoon at the Chicago Canine Rescue last week and what a treat! We walked and (got walked) up and down the streets of the Forest Glen neighborhood by pups big and small.

    The Chicago Canine Rescue was founded in 2001 to help find permanent, loving homes for homeless dogs in our city. CCR has saved the lives of over 3,000 dogs, cats, kittens (yes, they've started helping a few felines each year, too!) and puppies. Check them out! Even if you can't adopt or foster, they are a great place to spend an afternoon walking as many or as few dogs as you'd like.

    Thanks to the CCR for having us and we can't wait to come back!

    If you are interested in joining The Second City Training Center Volunteer Organization, contact Natalie at

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  • Jan 19 2012

    Teacher of the Week - Aaron Graham

    The Second City is proud to spotlight Aaron Graham as the "Teacher of the Week"! Aaron has been teaching with The Second City since 2008 and has taught in the Music Program and more. In addition to teaching, Aaron is available to direct or coach teams or individuals in sketch, improv, or musicals. Aaron also recently directed The Fine Print Theatre Company's original holiday show "Christmas in Chicago" which ran for two weeks at Chicago Dramatists in December. For more info on classes, click here.

    Aaron's Bio:
    Aaron Graham is a Jeff Award-winning actor with over twelve years experience as an actor, singer, improvisor, teacher and director. He recently spent time working in Los Angeles where he performed at iO West, ComedySportz LA and The Second City Hollywood. His Second City credits include Jewsical! The Musical and Infinite Sundaes. He has worked with many Chicago theatres including Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare, Porchlight Music Theatre, Northlight and TimeLine, and is a proud member of the Story Pirates, a nationally-recognized arts education and performance organization. Aaron's directing credits include professional and student productions such as Listen Kid..., States: The Musical!, The Timeless Tale of New Portsmouth and Hollow Hills High School. Aaron trained at The Second City Conservatory, iO Chicago, Annoyance, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre LA and BADA. He earned his B.A. from Cornell University and is thrilled to be back in his hometown of Chicago.

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  • Jan 11 2012

    The Second City Training Center Teacher of the Week: Alex Moffat!

    Alex Moffat is excited to be teaching with The Second City Chicago's Teen and Youth Program. He directs the Teen Sketch Ensemble and teaches in the Stand-up, Improv, and Sketch Programs. A Chicago-area native, Alex recently closed a run of his solo show, Good Little Winnetka Boy, at The Annoyance Theater. He hosts El Show with Alex Moffat, improvises with Wonderbat, and is a founding member of the unstoppable improv group, "The Album". He also acro-dunks for The Chicago Bulls and loves his family. Come on up and say hello.

    Classes begin this week! Check out our full Teen/Youth course guide here.

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  • Jan 10 2012

    Former Student, Rachel Bertsche, Recommends Second City Classes In Her New Book

    In a recent interview regarding her quest to meet 52 potential friends in a year, Rachel Bertsche found that taking classes with The Second City was a great way to do so because, "[T]here is a consistency there." To read more about her recently published book, MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend and The Second City Training Center, see the full article here.

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  • Jan 5 2012

    TribLive Interviews Second City Conservatory Alum and Present Touring Company Cast Member, Eileen Montelione

    Eileen Montelione, a graduate of Second City's Conservatory Program in Chicago, was interviewed by TribLive Pittsburg regarding the recent Touring Company show. To learn how Eileen prepares for the improvisational portion of a show, read the whole article here.

    Eileen spent over four years with The Training Center as a student, intern, and employee. Eileen has also taught in the Teen and Youth Program as an instructor in The Second City's popular summer camps.

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  • Jan 4 2012

    Second City Alum, Keegan-Michael Key, Stars with Jordan Peele in Comedy Central's "Key and Peele" Sketch Series

    Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele make their debut on Tuesday, January 31 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. Key was a member of Second City Detroit's mainstage cast as well as the Second City Chicago's e.t.c. theatre, where he wrote and performed shows "Holy War, Batman!" and "Curious George Goes to War" for which he won several Joseph Jefferson Awards (which honor excellence in Chicago theater). Read the whole release here.

    Check out Keegan-Michael Key's sketch informing potential students of how cool Second City Training Center classes are here (Not Safe for Work):

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  • Jan 4 2012

    Co-Author of "The Second City Guide To Improv in the Classroom,," Katherine McKnight, releases new title, "Hands-on Grammar."

    Katherine McKnight is back with another classroom guide for educators. Check out the press release here.

    Katherine teamed up with The Second City's beloved Mary Scruggs in 2007 to create "The Second City Guide To Improv In The Classroom," giving teachers an array of improv exercises to boost skills that are crucial for student learning: listening, teamwork, communication, idea-generation, vocabulary, and more. The book's exercises are used in The Second City Training Center's ongoing workshop "Improv for Creative Pedagogy." Educators gain CPU's while learning fundamental improvisational exercises, techniques and methods of adapting these to classroom instruction of any content area or grade level.

    For more information on "Improv For Creative Pedagogy" or "Improv for Literacy," please contact the Training Center at 312.664.3959 or click here.

    About the Authors of "The Second City Guide To Improv in the Classroom"

    Katherine S. McKnight, Ph.D., associate professor at National-Louis University and an onsite consultant for the National Council of Teachers of English, is co-author of Teaching Writing in the Inclusive Classroom and Teaching the Classics in the Inclusive Classroom.

    Mary Scruggs (1964-2011) was an actress, director, playwright, and educator. She was the head of writing and education programs for The Second City Training Center in Chicago.

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  • Jan 3 2012

    The Chicago Reader interviews Brian Posen, Head of The Improv Program

    Brian Posen talks with the Reader about his experience in improv, acting, teaching and more. Check out the article here.

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