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  • Feb 28 2012

    Headshots Day for Training Center Students

    The Training Center is hosting another discounted Headshot Day on Friday March 30th (10am-4pm) with guest artist Sally Blood (

    Sessions are 1 hour, which include a 15-minute corrective make-up session and 45-minute shoot. Each session is $200 (a $75 deposit is required at the time of reservation). Participants receive access to all unedited photos via a photo share gallery and can include one touched-up, full-color proof for an additional $30, to be arranged directly with the photographer.

    Reproductions are not included at this time, although there will be information on-hand for discounted reproductions. Email Andrew Thorp at with any questions or time requests.

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  • Feb 27 2012

    Flower Memorial Scholarship for Adult Classes

    The Second City Training Center has received an anonymous donation in memory of James Scott Flower Sr. that will be used as scholarships to students in our adult programs. Four scholarships are being given to new or existing Training Center students.

    The following scholarships will be available:

    One (1) beginning scholarship for the Improv program levels A-E

    One (1) advanced scholarship to be applied to the Writing program, Conservatory* or Music Improv* program (*auditions required)

    Two (2) continuing education scholarships for advanced students to supplement their training with up to two specialty classes

    For more information, click here.

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  • Feb 22 2012

    RedEye Interviews Second City Alum, Maribeth Monroe, About Her Experience On "Workaholics"

    If you haven't seen "Workaholics" yet, you are missing Maribeth Monroe playing the ice-cold boss of three friends who work together as telemarketers from 9 to 5 and live together from 5 to 9. In reality, the three friends are Anders Holm, Blake Anderson, and Adam Devine, alumni of The Second City Training Center. Maribeth talks with the RedEye about her part in "Workaholics" and how Anders saw her on The Second City's Mainstage when he was a student in Chicago's Conservatory. Read the whole interview.

    For more information on classes and summer camps, see our class catalog.

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  • Feb 14 2012

    Second City Faculty Member, Joe Janes, Publishes Second Book!

    In 2009, Second City writing instructor Joe Janes took on the task of writing a comedy sketch a day for one year. He did this to do some damage to the notion of writer's block and also to explore writing all the various kinds of forms one might see in a sketch revue.

    In 2010, they were all produced in a festival at Strawdog Theater over 11 nights with 200 actors and directors. In 2011, he wrote 50 Plays - most of them short ten-minute one-acts - which were also produced at the Strawdog with 50 directors and over 200 actors. A "Best of, Sort of" was produced at the Skybox later that summer and was described by The Chicago Reader as "silly, bizarre, violent, and provocative...the pieces showcase Janes's willingness to take risks of all kinds."

    Both 365 Sketches and 50 Plays are available for sale at the training center reception desk. Not in Chicago? Buy Joe's books here.

    This year's project is still in development, but it will likely involve sharks and ferris wheels.

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  • Feb 10 2012

    Training Center Spotlight - Judy Fabjance

    February 10th, 2012 - Teacher - Judy Fabjance
    Nancy Fast interviews Training Center faculty member Judy Fabjance! Listen in to learn about Judy's spirit animal, her experience taking classes in the TC and how she developed her currently running show "Are you there Judy? It's me, Cancer." Shows are Fridays in February at 9pm in Donny's Skybox. (Get tickets in advance. It sells out!)

    About Judy: Judy Fabjance has been teaching improvisation for The Second City since 1999. She has taught dozens of improv workshops for Emerald City Theatre Company, Chicago Comedy Company, CIF, Camp Keshet, High Schools, Junior Highs, After School Programs, Day Camps, Family Nights and Corporate groups. She is a graduate of Second City's Training Center's Conservatory, Comedy Writing and Acting Programs and IO. She has studied at The Annoyance Theater and Columbia College. Some groups Judy has performed with include: GayCo Productions (founding member), Second City Theatricals (Weddings of Mass Destruction), ComedySportz Family Matinee Series (The Paper Spaceship), Single Box Turn Productions (Understudy Band Geeks and drummer in old time band for Little House on the Parody) and Sulacco Productions (Shadow of the Master; A Kung-Fu Musical). Judy has also done film work.

    Interested in spending your summer with us? The Second City has Summer Camps for Kids and Adults! Check out or call 312.664.3959 for more information.

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  • Feb 8 2012

    "The Scenesters", A Feature Film By Second City Training Center Alums!

    Vacationeer Productions, comprised of Training Center alums, produced their first feature length film, "The Scenesters": a winner of multiple awards from The Hollywood and Edmonton Film Festivals.

    This trailer contains adult content.

    The company was formed in 2006 when The Vacationeers, the comedy group, became an Internet sensation with more than 10,000,000 video views, more than 4,500 subscribers on YouTube and one of the most trafficked web series in history with The Googling (1.4 million views per episode average.) Founded by Jeff Grace, Kevin M. Brennan, Blaise Miller, and Todd Berger, Vacationeer Productions still produce original content for the enjoyment of their fans at, but are now primarily focused on television, commercial and film projects.

    The Vacationeers met in The Second City Training Center's Writing and Conservatory progams.

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  • Feb 2 2012

    Teacher of the Week: Kate Cohen!

    The Second City Training Center is honored to announce Kate Cohen as the teacher of the week! Kate teaches in the Beginning Improv Program as well as in the Teen/Youth Program. She also teaches in The Second City's very popular Summer Camps and was once an Adult Program Coordinator with the Training Center. Kate has been improvising in Chicago since 2004 and performs regularly with ComedySportz Chicago, Laugh Out Loud Theater and as one-half of the musical improv duo Kate & Mike: The Musical.

    Other credits include Chicago Sketchfest, Infinite Sundaes, and ImprovArcadia in Bar Harbor, Maine. Kate performed for The Second City at sea aboard the Norwegian Jewel and Gem and toured Chicago schools with SCTC's Educational Touring Company. Kate has taught improv workshops aboard NCL and for the Chicago Jewish Community Centers. Kate has a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Arizona and is a graduate of The Second City Training Center's IFA, Conservatory and Musical Improv Conservatory programs.

    For more information on Spring and Summer offerings, see our full course schedules here.

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  • Feb 1 2012

    Teen and Youth Program Students Trying To Dance Their Way On To ‘The Ellen DeGenreres Show’

    The Second City Training Center has always had an open door policy for 'Class Clowns.' Three students from the Teen/Youth program are no exception to that rule as they take on Ellen's Dance Dare Challenge. Check out the whole article here.

    Want to let out your inner Class Clown? We have spring break classes and summer camps for kids and adults! Check out or for more details.

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