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Hollywood Training Center
Because life doesn’t come with a script!
Los Angeles is the world capital of the Entertainment Industry and The Second City is in the heart of it on Hollywood Boulevard. For over 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.
We offer a variety of classes in the performance arts for students at any level of experience. Whether a seasoned performer or someone who's never been onstage, you are encouraged to take classes with us. Our students come from a diverse array of backgrounds, each with a unique accomplishment they wish to achieve with our courses. Whatever your reasons for taking classes with us, we are here to support you and help you grow your skills. Please do not hesitate to contact our offices with any questions or concerns you might have.
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SPECIAL WORKSHOPS ONLY IN DECEMBER 2013
Intro to Voiceover: A Mini Intensive with Kiff Vandenheuvel
Second City Alumnus Kiff VandenHeuvel teaches this mini-intensive covering an introduction to the exciting and lucrative world of commercial and character voiceover. Improvisation is a skill that is actively sought after in voiceover artists and this 2 day intensive is about helping the student discover what they will need to get started in the world of voiceover. During this class you'll learn about mic technique, demos, the difference between narrator and character reads, rates, tips, tricks and resources for building your career in the LA voiceover scene. At the end of class you will receive mp3 files of your work.
$125, 3 hours, 2 days December 18-19
Vulnerability in Improv with Rob Belushi
This workshop will look at how we can strengthen our scenes so that they are not only funny, but interesting. The fastest way to this is relationship--that the people talking mean something to each other. We will focus on deepening the impact we have on one another onstage, and to do that we will be working on expanding our concept of character vulnerability-- our characters sharing things that are not easy for them to share-- in order to incite emotional responses that cause for deeper affects and higher stakes.
Thursday, December 19th 6:30-10pm, $75
THE TASTE OF SECOND CITY
If you are wondering if you'd like to take an improv or writing class, try The Taste of Second City! These 2-hour intro workshops will give you a little taste of what our programs are all about and help you decide if you’d like to take a full class. We cap the class at 16 so please call the office to reserve your spot.
Tuition: $25 Register: 323-464-8542
Jan 4, Feb 8, March 1, April 12, May 3, June 28, July 12, Aug 2, Sept 6, Oct 4, Nov 1, Dec 13
Thursdays 4-6pm & Sundays 12-2pm, $20 at the door.
The Improv Drop-in is a noncommittal, two hour class that will keep you on your toes and inject fun into your day. Drop-ins are designed for all levels so if you want to get extra class time, play with new people or work with amazing coaches then drop on by! Any current student or grad of The Second City is eligible to take this class. For any persons with equivalent training from other programs, please call our office to determine if this class is appropriate for you. We cap the class at 16 students, so arrive early to get a spot.
Improv 1 Weekend Intensive
Three days of intensive improvisation for those who can't make the weeklong programs or want a quick brush up on skills. This is the same curriculum as our seven week classes but condensed down to three days. This is an introductory level improvisation class. You will learn the basic elements of The Second City style of improvisation. Students will study the agreements of improvisation, the building of an ensemble, creation of an environment and character construction. 11am-7pm for three days. Intensives are available throughout the year. Click here for details and a schedule.
PRESENTATION SKILLS WORKSHOP
This intensive, one-day workshop provides real world skills and perspectives to help business people become better presenters. Because 90% of corporate presenting is done in small group settings, presenters must be compelling speakers, but they must also be able to respond in the moment. Questions, group input and unexpected developments can create anxiety for speakers and cause them to lose effectiveness. Our improv-based methodology recognizes that most business presenting is a dialogue, not a monologue, and we prepare program participants for this business reality. Our approach does not presume that there is one “proper” way to present, nor does it focus merely on presentation mechanics. Instead, we help people gain confidence in their own delivery style and become powerful, authentic communicators.
If you're looking for corporate training, visit our business services division, Second City Communications