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  • Jul 22 2014

    The Second City Chicago Training Center to Double its Pipers Alley Footprint

    The Second City, Inc. announced today the signing of a lease with Old Town Development Associates, L.L.C., to expand into additional space at Pipers Alley (230 W. North Avenue) formerly occupied by the four-screen AMC movie theater. The new space will allow The Second City Training Center, the largest school of comedy in the world, to add an array of student-centered facilities including new classrooms, two student theaters, a screening room, a student resource center, a student lounge and bar, two large special events spaces and additional space for the companies’ growing businesses. The new lease adds 25,000 square feet to The Second City Training Center's current 20,300 square feet of space essentially doubling the school's current footprint. In total, The Second City will occupy nearly 75,000 square feet in Chicago's Old Town.

    Named one of “The 25 Best Drama Schools in 2014” alongside Yale School of Drama, The Juilliard School and Carnegie Mellon University by The Hollywood Reporter, The Second City continues to develop an entirely unique way of creating and performing comedy. Last month, The Second City Training Center announced the launch of its TV, Film and Digital Program, under the direction of Jack C. Newell.  New classrooms will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology including voiceover studios, on-camera training studios and editing suites to accommodate the Digital Program launch.

    "We are very excited to enhance our students' experience with the development of this new space,” says Andrew Alexander, CEO and Executive Producer of The Second City, Inc. “This will give the opportunity for more student performances in front of audiences, resources to enhance their education, places to work and collaborate, and program-specific materials and technology in classrooms. For our team, it's taking what's already a fantastic training institution and heightening it to the best experience possible for our students."

    The second-floor space at Pipers Alley first opened as a movie theater in 1991, and has been unoccupied since AMC went dark on May 26, 2011. The Training Center’s multi-million-dollar build-out begins immediately, with physical enhancements to include opening up the bricked-over 22-foot high window arches overlooking North Avenue and Wells Street.  The space is expected to be completed and serving students by spring of 2015.

    Long in the works, the expansion is in response to The Training Center’s desire to launch new and progressive programming while maintaining the high teacher to student ratio and enhancing the overall student experience. With the acquisition of the AMC space, the Second City Training Center can keep its educational programming under one roof – close to its history and next to its professional theaters. Students on a professional track can get even more stage time, and with the growth of the overall student body, additional theaters can accommodate end of term graduation performances. The new Student Resource Center will give students an actual on-site workspace.

    "For years we've been listening to student feedback and building this plan to fulfill their requests,” says Kerry Sheehan, President of the Second City Training Centers & Education Programs. “Not only will we be able to better accommodate our wait lists in core programs – such as improvisation and writing – but our newer initiatives into digital media and advanced classes for the professionally tracked student will have room to grow and thrive."

    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 5,000 per week and is the largest school of comedy in the world.

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  • Feb 3 2014

    Tickets for Rick & Laura Hall Now on Sale

    Musical Improviser superstars Rick and Laura Hall are coming to Toronto February 21st and 22nd!
    They will be running two musical improv workshops at our Training Centre then having a showcase on Saturday, February 22nd at 7pm and 9pm.

    Come check out Second City's up-and-coming talent perform with the industry professionals Rick and Laura Hall, who collectively have worked with The Second City, "Whose Line is it Anyway" and are working actors and composers in Los Angeles.

    Tickets are now available at The Second City Training Centre.
    You can also reserve by phone: 416.340.7270

    7pm show - $15
    9pm show - $20


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  • Oct 16 2013

    SC Alum Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood Take Comedy On Tour

    Fresh off a new season of everyone's favourite TV improv show, "Whose Line is it Anyway?" Colin Mochrie (a Second City Mainstage alumn) and Brad Sherwood are touring the world with their completely made-up comedy!

    Catch their show in Toronto on Wednesday, October 30 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

    Learn more about the evening here.

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  • Oct 4 2013

    4th Annual Open House celebration on Saturday, October 19

    Join us on Saturday, October 19th for our ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE from 1pm-5pm.

    There'll be face painting, candy, popcorn, a photobooth, and of course the opportunity to participate in all sorts of awesome workshops and see shows in The John Candy Box Theatre for FREE!


    This is an awesome chance for you to try out that class you've wondered about for so long and bring friends and family who might be interested in seeing what happens at The Second City Training Centre!

    Spaces in the workshops are limited, so it's first come first served! Hint: *show up early

    (45 minutes each)

    1pm – Adult Improv
    Stand Up

    2pm – Adult Improv
    Stand Up
    All ages Drop In
    Musical Improv Drop In

    3pm – Adult Improv
    Stand Up

    4pm – Adult Improv
    Stand UpM


    3pm- The Second City's Education Company Show: Zombie Bootcamp #NightoftheLearningDead

    4pm- Musical Conservatory Show Starring Conservatory 4 and 5!

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  • Sep 25 2013

    Super Fun Night with Second City Training Centre Alum Lauren Ash!

    Super Fun Night is a brand new comedy on ABC following three single ladies who have set aside every Friday night as "Friday Fun Night." The show will star Rebel Wilson, Liza Lapira and Lauren Ash.

    Lauren Ash is an alumnus of the Second City Toronto and Chicago Mainstage as well as a Second City Training Centre Conservatory Graduate.

    Watch the premiere on ABC Wednesday October 2nd at 9:30pm!

    Check out the "Super Fun Night" trailer.

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  • May 14 2013

    Shannon Skinner Shares Life Lessons from Her Second City Class on Huffington Post

    Talk show host and author, Shannon Skinner, shares her experience and four life lessons she learned taking a class at the Second City Training Center. Read it on The Huffington Post.

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  • Sep 8 2011

    Toronto Training Centre Open House October 1st!

    We're opening our doors for FREE workshops, shows, prizes, food and more!

    Have you always wanted to try improv, writing or stand up? Have you ever walked by 70 Peter Street and wondered "What's in the basement of that office building?" Well now you can find out!

    We have classes for:
    Adults (Improv, Writing, Stand Up, Conservatory, Singing)
    Youth & Teens (Winter, March Break & Summer Camps, weekly improv classes, bi-weekly performances in The John Candy Box)
    Shows: Every night of the week!

    Every 15 minutes there is a show, drop in class, or prize giveaways!

    No preregistration required!

    There is lots for current students too! Try our Writing for TV class, or our Stand Up Drop In. If you are a current student, bring a friend! If they sign up for a class on Open House Day, you get $25 off your next class!

    We'll also be unveiling our NEW merchandise!

    See you October 1st!!

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  • Jun 23 2011

    Send Your Kids to Second City Fantasy Camp – August 1 – 4

    This summer, we're excited to bring our summer camp to Atlantis in Nassau, Bahamas! For 5 day/4 nights, we're training 11 – 14 in the art of improvisation and helping them to write an original show that's all their own. The Second City Fantasy Camp includes all training & instruction from Second City teachers, lunch for 3 days and an amenity package. Click here for complete details.

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  • Apr 1 2011

    A New Longform Program at the Training Centre in Toronto

    A new Longform Improv Program is being launched next session. The program will be in response to increased demand for quality longform Improv classes in Toronto. The program will be headed up by Rob Norman, a current member of the Second City National Touring Company and founding member of the Improv and Sketch troupes "Maybe" and "Mantown". Rob has developed a 4-Level curriculum that will introduce Improvisers to longform technique and eventually have them design their own format.

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  • Feb 10 2011

    Thank You, Joyce Sloane

    To remember and celebrate Joyce Sloane, we created the following tribute video and we hope you enjoy it. Thank you to all of our alumni, friends and family who were able to join us and for those who have included us in their thoughts and prayers.

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