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  • Where do I begin?

    For improvisation training most of our students begin with the Improvisation Level A class. You do not need to have any previous acting or improvisation experience to begin the Improvisation Program. If you have completed a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre or you are ACTRA/EQUITY, then you may enroll in our Improvisation for Actors program; you have to be approved to take the IFA program so you will need to submit a copy of your theatre resume for review. If you have completed 100 hours of improv training (equivalent to our Improv Program) from another training centre, Bad Dog, ITC or Vanguard and you have completed a post secondary acting course, then you are eligible to submit for our Conservatory program.

    You can also begin in the first level of our Comedy Writing program, depending on your interests. If you need any help deciding which classes to take, just give us a call. We will always be happy to chat with you about your interests and goals and figure out the best place for you to begin.

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  • Do I have to audition?

    Only some advanced programs like The Conservatory Program require auditions, though some specialized classes and workshops may have prerequisites.

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  • What is the difference between Acting and Improv courses?

    Words on a page. In the Acting program you will work with scripted material such as monologues and scenes from plays. The Improv program focuses on unscripted games, exercises and scenes.

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  • Can I get a University/College credit, or do I get a Degree?

    Because the Training Centre itself is not an accredited institution of higher learning, just an awesome professional training centere students are generally ineligible for college credit. We also cannot file the paperwork for international students to obtain student visas. However, if you are currently enrolled in college, we have this amazing program called Comedy Studies which is an accredited college program that we run in CHICAGO in partnership with Columbia College. This is a semester-long study in comedy for which students do receive college credit.

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  • Is there an age limit to attend classes?

    We offer classes in our Youth and Teen Program for students ages 10-18. Students must be at least 18 to attend classes in our Adult Programs, but there is no upper age limit.

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  • Are there scholarships or work study positions?

    The Scholarship Program for the Toronto Training Centre is currently being revised. Stay posted for upcoming details!

    A small number of work study positions (we call it barter hours) are available. You do some work at The Training Center in exchange for free classes. Work study credits may not apply toward some special workshops. To be considered, you must be a current student in good financial standing and submit your work resume with a cover letter stating your hours of availability to the Training Centre Office. Your information will be placed on file and you will be contacted for an interview if/when a position becomes available.

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  • If I need to take off a term, can I return and continue where I was?

    Sometimes a student may wish or need to take time off from The Training Centre due to personal reasons. Should this occur, please contact The Training Centre staff immediately. Please be informed that when you return, the Training Centre will place you at its discretion. Students who leave during the Conservatory Program may be asked to re-audition. Returning students must pay the tuition rate that is applicable to the time of rejoining The Training Centre. Any student returning after more than one (1) year of absence is required to rejoin the program at a level determined by The Training Centre.

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  • When do I pay for classes?

    We require full payment at the time of registration in order to hold your spot in the class. Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable. We accept Mastercard, Visa, Amex, cash, cheque, or money order (sorry no Debit).


    Pay for your class in installments. We can set up a payment plan to suit your schedule! Register online and set up your own payment plan, or inquire with the office.

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  • If I take classes, do I get to be a Second City cast member?

    It takes a great deal of training and experience to become a member of the Mainstage cast. Most of the resident actors have trained and performed for a number of years before being hired by The Second City. Graduates of the Conservatory are eligible to audition for The Second City Company each spring. Although many of the resident company actors are graduates of the Training Centre, completion of any program does not guarantee employment with the company.

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