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  • Apr 17 2014

    Congrats to Conservatory Grad Allison Tolman on 'Fargo' Lead Role

    Allison Tolman is turning heads as the lead in FX's 'Fargo', Before landing blockbuster roles, Allison was taking classes at The Second City Training Center and working hard to get ahead. Check out the inspirational Sun Times article on Allison below to find out more.

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  • Mar 17 2014

    Student Spotlight - Student Darren Harrison Co-produces a Documentary

    Congrats to student Darren Harrison for co-producing the documentary After Prison, Responding with Faith, set to air on WTTW April 3rd at 9pm. Currently a student in our Improv for Actors program, Darren was one of 3 producers to create a 12-minute documentary in the hour-long piece. The doc focuses on St Leonard's Ministries and what their organization does to help break the cycle of incarceration. "Without intervention, 50% go back to jail within 3 years. Those who seek St. Leonard's upon release rarely go back," say Darren, President of Darren Harrison Films. Tune in to find out more!

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  • Mar 12 2014

    The Second City Announces the Bob Curry Fellowship Recipients

    The Second City is very excited to announce the recipients of the first annual Bob Curry Fellowship. The sixteen recipients are Ali Barthwell, Sam Bailey, Lisa Beasley, Shantira Jackson, Peter Kim, Lauren Malara, Torian Miller, Saliha Muttalib, Chucho Perez, Dewayne Perkins, Patrick Rowland, Rashawn Nadine Scott, Niccole Thurman, Travis Turner, Kimberly Michelle Vaughn, and Damian Jason White. 
    The Fellowship will begin on Tuesday, March 25th with master classes taking place at the Second City Training Center for eight weeks on Tuesday and Thursday 4pm - 7pm.

    A culminating and celebratory showcase for family, friends and Second City staff is scheduled  in the e.t.c. theatre Wednesday, May 28th. Time is yet to be determined.

    As you may be aware, this is an exciting piece of history at Second City. With this new fellowship program instituted, we are delighted to mentor the inaugural group of Bob Curry Fellowship recipients. We received over 140 submissions and auditioned 85 applicants. Thank you to all of the amazing talent who came out to auditions. These decisions were not easy, but we look forward to creating access and opening more doors for talent interested in pursuing a career in comedy!

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  • Mar 6 2014

    The Second City Training Center Partner with School of Rock

    The Second City Training Center and School of Rock Chicago team up to introduce Rock City Camp: An Opera of Rock, a stage-writing performance camp for teens aged 14-19, beginning July 7. Over two weeks, musical all-stars with multiple performance skills in music and theater, will create an original storyline, learn rock music and develop original music to produce a never-before-seen show. Rock City Camp will take place July 7 - 18 at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Sessions are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For consideration, please fill out an application HERE before the March 31 deadline. $1200. Needs-based scholarships are available.

    "The Second City enjoys finding partners to collaborate with in all areas of our business, from our theaters, to our corporate work, to our training initiatives," says Andrew Alexander, CEO and Executive Producer of The Second City, Inc. "This one-of-a-kind program with School of Rock is a fantastic blend of two organizations with similar ideals: expanding the education opportunities and styles for our youth students, while keeping the ideas of teamwork of creativity at the forefront of their experience."

    "School of Rock Chicago joining forces with the legacy and stage prowess of our new pals at The Second City is like having Jackie Chan, David Lee Roth, Freddy Mercury and John Belushi as your spirit animals," says Adam Mackintosh, regional manager for School of Rock Chicago. "Clearly, I'm beyond sensible words here. This might be the coolest thing I've ever been a part of."

    At the conclusion of the two-week Rock City Camp, students will perform rock classics and original songs in a two-night performance at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre. Enrollment is open to drummers, guitarists, keyboardists, improvisers, actors, writers, vocalists and more who are ready to take their skills to the stage.

    The Second City is the leading brand in improv-based sketch comedy. With theaters and training centers in Chicago, Toronto and Hollywood, 11 full-time touring ensembles, thriving corporate communications and theatricals divisions as well as television and film operations, The Second City has been called "A Comedy Empire" by The New York Times. The Second City Training Center has a current student body of 3,500 per week and is the largest school of improvisation and sketch comedy in the world.

    For more than a decade, School of Rock has been inspiring kids to rock on stage and in life. Students develop confidence, talent and skills, through beginner, intermediate and advanced music programs. School of Rock offers music lessons on guitar, bass, piano, vocals and drums in an authentic, performance-based environment. School of Rock operates 129 schools in 26 states and 8 countries, with new locations opening worldwide every month. School of Rock Chicago has been on Ashland for 7 years and has a long, successful history of providing great camp experiences across broad themes for interested families.

    Visit for more information.

    Read more here.

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  • Mar 4 2014

    Student Headshot Day - April 3rd and 4th

    Student headshot days with photographer Sally Blood return April 3rd and 4th. Each one-hour session includes a 45-minute photo shoot, touch-up makeup and a high resolution disc of all your edited shots. The cost is $200, a special deal for Training Center students. Reservations can be made by contacting the Training Center office at 312-664-3959.

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  • Jan 30 2014

    Bob Curry Fellowship

    The Second City is holding auditions to cast and award sixteen fellowships to qualified talent and actors of color to train in a newly developed eight week master program launched by The Second City Diversity and Training Center divisions. Auditions will take place on February 25th in Donny’s Skybox Theatre by appointment only at The Second City Training Center with callbacks scheduled on February 26th

    Qualified talent must audition to be accepted into the program. See requirements below.
    Actors of color represent African American, Hispanic or Latino, Asian, Native American and Pacific Islander racial background.

    Talent should be a graduate of a Conservatory level program e.g., Second City, iO theatre, Annoyance theatre, UCB, etc.

    Professional actors with a degree in theatre or extensive stage experience with some improv training are also qualified to submit. Head shots and resumes will be reviewed for audition consideration and scheduled appointments are on a first come basis.

    Talent can submit head shot and resume by e-mailing email
    January 30 – February 5, 2014

    Limited slots available.
    No phone calls please.

    About the Audition:
    The audition will consist of twenty minutes of improvisation within a group of eight and a personal choice of a 2-3 minute comedic monologue or stand-up piece. Callbacks will take place on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

    The Bob Curry Fellowship program starts March 25th with master classes meeting on Tuesday and Thursdays 4-7pm at The Second City Training Center -1608 N. Wells 4th Floor, Pipers Alley.
    Click here to learn more about fellowship.

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  • Nov 19 2013

    The Second City Announces 2013 Lineup for 24-Hour Improv & Music Marathon

    The Second City That Never Sleeps: 24 Hour (formerly known as The Second City That Never Sleeps: Letters to Santa) runs non-stop from Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. until Wednesday, December 18th at 6:00 p.m. in The Second City e.t.c. Theatre, 1608 N. Wells Street, 2nd floor of Piper’s Alley.

    Prepare to fa-la-la-la-la all day and all night with an all-star lineup of comedy and music powerhouses: SNL vet and Portlandia’s Fred Armisen will join a host of Second City performers and alumni for the improvised festivities. Internet phenomenon Lil Bub (the world’s most amazing cat) will make her long-awaited Second City debut.

    Musicians ready to rock include: Bob Mould (Husker Dü, Sugar), Bonnie Prince Billy, Sally Timms (The Mekons), Chicago’s own J.C. Brooks & The Uptown Sound and The Hungry Pilgrims. Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Bush and St. Vincent will join the party live via video chat, as will Louise Post and Nina Gordon (Veruca Salt) for their first performance together in 15 years.

    One-of-a-kind items up for auction at 24 Hour include two tickets to an SNL taping and a recording session with prolific music producer Steve Albini at his private Chicago studio.

    Audience members of 24 Hour will have first access to purchase tickets to an exclusive evening at the Up Comedy Club on January 6th, 2014, featuring improv and sketch comedy from SNL cast members and distinguished Second City alumni, followed by an intimate “living room”-style performance by Jeff Tweedy. Ticket sales will also support Onward Neighborhood House.
    Tickets to The Second City That Never Sleeps: 24 Hour are $20 and will be sold at the door throughout the event as long as seats are available. Doors open Tuesday, 12/17 at 5:00 p.m. The event will also be streamed LIVE at or Donations via PayPal are appreciated. 24 Hour is an all-ages show. Chicago liquor and curfew laws apply.

    For more information, updates and the complete schedule, visit,, or contact The Second City Box Office at (312) 337-3992. Follow @TheSecondCity on Twitter. Onward Neighborhood House empowers families and individuals in need to achieve their full potential in a community-based setting.

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  • Oct 8 2013

    Second City Student and On-Air Personality, Brian Elles, Flies With Chicago Air and Water Show Pilot

    With support from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events with the City of Chicago Mayor's Office, Brian Elles, the Host and Producer of Chi-Town Podcast, was asked to partake in media days for the Chicago Air & Water Show.

    The media day resulted in an in air demo flight for himself as well as Chi-Town Podcast Videographer, Steve Bartles. The short video segment of the podcast highlights key Chicago landmarks such as the Willis (Sears) Tower, Navy Pier and Solider Field as well as advanced aerial maneuvers and stunts.

    About Brian:
    A graduate of The Second City’s Improv for Actors Program, Brian Elles continues to create new content with fresh perspectives. Previously working for network television and radio outlets, Brian combines his past media experiences with his entrepreneurial attitude to deliver a new video-podcast called Chi-Town Podcast. With direct support and access from the City of Chicago Mayor's Office as well as Comedy Central Networks, Brian continues to create unique content with a fresh perspective.

    Images and previous videos can be accessed on his YouTube channel

    For more info or to register for classes, call 312.664.3959 or visit

    The Second City's Improv for Actors Program

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  • Sep 17 2013

    Second City's Producing 101 Class Receives Press Attention

    Second City's Training Center has been churning out talent for years, however, now it's also teaching students the basic elements of how to put up a show.

    Producing 101" is being taught by Angie McMahon and shows students what steps they need to take in order to bring a show idea from start to stage, financially, creatively and more. Paul Biasco has taken an extra interest in Angie's class and did a full write-up of it for DNAinfo Chicago.

    If you're interested in taking Angie's Producing 101 or her new Producing 102, let us know by either emailing or calling 312.664.3959.

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  • Mar 18 2013

    WGN Interviews Anne Libera On The Second City and Columbia College's New Comedy Studies Bachelor's Degree

    Anne Libera, The Director of Comedy Studies at Columbia College and Author of The Second City Almanac of Improvisation, talks with WGN's Brian Noonan about Columbia College and The Second City's latest collaboration: a Bachelor's Degree in Comedy Studies.

    Listen to the WGN Interview

    Read CJ Toledano's personal Comedy Studies experience.

    Click here for more information on Comedy Studies.

    Click here for information on Spring and Summer Camps and Classes.

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