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  • Jun 29 2012

    The Washington Post Joins The Training Center For Our Improv Drop-in

    The Washington Post’s M. Spencer joined Jessica Rogers and The Second City Training Center to find out what our Drop-in Improv Classes are all about. A few human knots, Samurais, and absurd dances later, Spencer is much closer to knowing what improvisation entails.

    Read M. Spencer’s Washinton Post article.

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  • Jun 18 2012

    Teacher, Jeff Poole, Featured in Huffington Post for His Twitter Writing

    Chicago Training Center Teacher, Jeff Poole, was featured in the Huffington Post for his fake Twitter account @KingofIL where he pretends to be Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. Check out the full article at the Huffington Post.

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  • Jun 7 2012

    The Second City Training Center Spotlight with Kelly Bolton!

    Nancy Fast interviews the wonderful Kelly Bolton about her comedy experiences in Chicago, her role with the awesome Chicago Women's Funny Festival and more!
    Listen to the Podcast!

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  • Jun 6 2012

    Faculty Member Dean Evans Talks Shop With WGN About The Art of Clowning

    Dean Evans is the creator and core instructor of The Second City Training Center's Clown and Physical Comedy Program. WGN's Brian Noonan gets to the bottom of clowning and all of its wonderful forms on-air with Dean. Check out the audio interview here.

    Check out more info on Dean's Classes here.

    About Dean Evans
    Dean Evans is a professional Actor, Mime Artist, and Clown. He has studied Mime and Physical Theater at The School for Mime Theater, The Ohio State University, and with masters Marcel Marceau, Stephen Niedzialkowsky, and Avner Eisenberg. He is an ensemble member of the Neo-Futurists and has performed with Kapoot Clown Theater, Redmoon, Chicago Children's Theater, Second City and as a solo artist. He performs a one man Clown and Mime show called The Magical Exploding Boy.

    About The Second City
    For fifty years The Second City has created a wealth of comedic material from a legendary group of performers. The Training Center follows the traditions developed by these groundbreaking and innovative men and women while encouraging the continued growth and development of the art forms of comedy and improvisation. Today, The Second City Training Center is the largest school of improvisation and sketch comedy in the world, offerings courses for all ages and experience levels. Click here for more information.

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  • Jun 1 2012

    WTHITV Interviews Mainstage Alumnus and Training Center Screenwriting Instructor, Jim Fisher

    Jim Fisher told Terre Haute's Channel 10 (WTHITV) all about his experience working with John Belushi, writing in Hollywood and his love of piloting in a recent interview. See the video below or read the post here.

    Jim is teaching a workshop entitled "Is My Idea A Movie" on June 9th at The Second City Training Center in Chicago.

    About The Workshop:
    Participants will explore and heighten the key elements of their story idea in order to amplify its depth and power to the level required of a motion picture. Under the guidance of Jim Fisher, students begin with the process of crafting a "Quick Pitch" to unmask any flaws or missing key elements in their story which inevitably leads to the discovery of exciting and new creative options. Each of four CORE STUDENTS receives significant individual attention regarding the plot, story and characters of their script idea; OBSERVERS will participate in discussion and brainstorming.

    $125 for Core Students/$35 for Observers, 6 hours

    Prerequisites: Core Students - Writing 3; Observers - Open to all students

    About the instructor:
    Jim Fisher is a Chicago Mainstage Second City alumnus who appeared in the cast with Harold Ramis, Joe Flaherty, John Belushi and Brian Doyle-Murray. Leaving Second City's stage for Hollywood, Jim and fellow alumni Jim Staahl and Tino Insana formed a comedy trio (“The Graduates”) that made numerous appearances on television, campuses as well as in clubs and corporate presentations across the country. Following that, Fisher and Staahl continued as a writing team whose career included feature films, Movies of the Week, television, as well as animation. They have created projects for and worked with Steve Allen, Steve Martin and Steven Spielberg among others. During this time Jim also taught sketch writing for the Second City when the theater first opened in Santa Monica, CA. Later, when the theater opened its Training Center in Los Angeles, Jim was appointed Director of the Second City Writing Conservatory where he developed the Sitcom writing track as a part of the writing program.

    Local pilot formerly Second City actor:

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