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  • Apr 10 2014

    Student Graduation Shows this Sunday

    Join us at the Second City Mainstage (51 Mercer Street) this Sunday, April 13th at 3pm for TWO Writing 6 Graduation Shows. We're very excited because this is the first time we've ever had two Writing 6 Grad shows in one term!

    3pm: Journey To The Centre of Google Earth (Directed by Dave Pearce)
    4pm: Selfie's Choice (Directed by Jennifer Goodhue)

    Our Writers have been working as an ensemble to create an original sketch revue for the last six months joined by a cast of our very own Conservatory graduates who have brought the hard work of our writers to life.

    If you want even more comedy, show up at 2pm to watch our Conservatory 3 Archive show. Where they perform scenes from the Second City Mainstage archives.

    All shows are pay what you can.

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  • Apr 2 2014

    Student Appreciation Day

    Thinking of taking a class, but not sure what it’s all about? Already a student but not sure what program to take next? Well this is the day for you! To show how much YOU mean to us, come check out an afternoon and evening of free shows and workshops. This is just our way of saying "thank you" the students, for helping Second City build such an amazing community.

    3:00pm: Join us for our Conservatory 6 graduation show, A Person of Pinterest. Check out our latest group of up and coming talent hit the Mainstage at 51 Mercer Street. The show is pay-what-you-can and doors open at 2:30pm.

    6:00pm & 7:45pm: Want to get some extra improv practice time or get a taste of what some of the other programs are like? Check out these workshops. All workshops are open to current students, friends and family members who may want to see what it's like to study with us at The Second City Training Centre. Best of all they’re FREE!

    Here’s a list of the great workshops we’ll be offering:

    Improv 
    Stand Up 
    Longform 
    Writing (6pm only)
    Musical Improv (7:45pm only)
    Stagecraft 101 (7:45pm only)


      Spaces are limited, so it's first come first served. Email areoch@secondcity.com ASAP to reserve your spot. Don’t miss out!

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    • Apr 1 2014

      Kevin Frank, Joins TSYO as Narrator/Host of "The Composer is DEAD!"

      The Training Centre's Artistic Director, Kevin Frank, will be the Host/Narrator for the Lemony Snicket Mystery story "The Composer is DEAD!" A series of youth performances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thompson Hall running March 29th through to April 3rd.

      For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the website. Click here to read more about Kevin Frank.

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    • Mar 3 2014

      Student Focus Night With ACTRA

      Join us on Wednesday, March 5th at 9pm in our very own John Candy Box Theatre for Student Focus Night with ACTRA!

      Have aspirations of becoming a professional actor? Ever wondered what it takes to become a member of ACTRA? This FREE Q & A session will answer any and all questions you have about becoming part of the union, as well as provide you with helpful tips and information about your acting career!

      This Q & A session with a representative from ACTRA is FREE for all current students.

      To reserve yourself a spot in this FREE workshop, email: areoch@secondcity.com.

      Spaces are limited, so it's first come, first served!

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    • Feb 11 2014

      Second City Training Centre Around the World!


      • One of our Second City Alumni and active teacher in the Writing Program, Luciano Cashmiri, is in Sochi Russia as a writer for CBC Sports. Luc has worked quite a bit for CBC Television over the years and and when he returns he will start writing Martin Short's upcoming comedy special.
      •  Chantale Renee, one of our Second City School Program Instructors spent three days at the Sudbury Laugh Out Loud Comedy Festival delivering Improv workshops in both French and English. She delivered five workshops at local schools and all reports indicate that Sudbury is truly laughing out loud.
      • Bruce Pirrie informed us that one of his former Second City Writing Program students has been hired on to write for "This Hour Has 22 Minutes" based on the sketches he wrote while in our program. Congratulations to our former student and to the wonderful Instructors in our Writing Program.
      • The Musical Conservatory 6 class is just week's away from presenting their Grad show entitled "Chutes and Corporate Ladders". Their show, March 2nd, will be the first ever Musical Conservatory grad show in Toronto. 
      • Recent Conservatory Grad and Student Services Admininstrator, Aimee Ambroziak, is headed to sea. She has been offered a role on one of our Second City's Cruise Ship casts. Aimee is heading out in March. Her smile at the front desk will be dearly missed for the next four months.


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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

      CHECK OUT THE FACEBOOK EVENT HERE.

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    • Jan 31 2014

      Last Call for Conservatory/Longform Submisisons

      Dilly-dallying on your Con, Music Con, and/or Longform submission? Dilly-dally no longer!

      Our submissions deadline has been EXTENDED to FEBRUARY 7TH! Send in your resume and headshot today!

      Now, you love doing improv and you love The Second City. You've seen a few revues at the mainstage and thought, "Hey, I could do that!" Well, now you can!

      THE CONSERVATORY
      The Conservatory is a year-long program designed to give you the opportunity to write and perform your own mainstage-style revue, on the mainstage! Use improv as a way to generate ideas for sketches, songs and monologues, just like the pros.
      More info on the Conservatory HERE

      THE MUSIC CONSERVATORY
      Maybe singing's more your style. Improvised singing, that is. Picture this: you and your talented ensemble, performing in an improvised musical at the mainstage after a year of hard work. You better believe it.
      Read more about the Musical Conservatory HERE

      THE LONGFORM PROGRAM
      Sketches are cool, but you wanna be closer to the source of the good stuff, that sweet creamed-corn of improvised comedy. Look no further than our Longform program. Learn how to play The Game, create your own forms, and create complex memorable scenes that audiences love.
      Check out the Longform program HERE

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    • Jan 21 2014

      From Performance to Production

      This term, we're offering a BRAND NEW INTENSIVE! Stage Managing 101 is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in learning about what happens behind the scenes of a comedy show. Stage Managers are responsible for all of the elements that take a show from plain performance to dazzling production!

      Stage Managing 101 

      Learn how to become a vital "behind-the-scenes" member of sketch or improv troupe! This 4-week intensive covers the skills needed to stage manage simple sketch and/or improv shows. It covers the responsibilities of a Stage Manager and who they report to, lighting techniques, sound management, working with club/theatre owners and time management. Sample "tech sheets" will be discussed. Upon completion, participants will possess the skills to take a troupe to the next level of professionalism.

      Stage Managing 101 is taught be Meaghan Maguire, resident Stage Manager for The Second City National Touring Company and the award winning Sketch troupe FalconPowder. Meg brings thousands of hours of stage managing experience to this course and will offer practical tips on: pre-show practices, managing performances and post-show responsibilities.

      This class will run for 4-weeks on Saturdays from 11am-2pm from February 1st-22nd. 
      There are NO prerequisites needed. 
      $160 +HST

      Remember: if you are already registered for a course this term, you will receive %15 off the tuition for this class!

      Register here or call us at 416-340-7270.

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    • Jan 13 2014

      Rick and Laura Hall Make Their Way To The Great White North

      Rick and Laura met in Chicago, driving around in a crowded van with the touring company of the Second City. Since then they have gotten married, had two kids, and moved to Los Angeles.  There they continue to perform, write and teach, both separately and together.

      Laura Hall is best known as the improvisational pianist on television’s "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" She was also on the "Drew Carey Show" live episodes, and has toured the country doing live performances with "Drew Carey and The Improv AllStars." Laura has sat in and played with tons of improv groups in Chicago and L.A., including The Groundlings, iO, ComedySportz and Theatresports.

      Rick Hall was a founding member of Chicago’s "Improv Institute." After touring with the Second City, Rick opened two main stage shows, "John Paul Sartre & Ringo" and "Catch 27." Rick has used his improv background on the improv based television shows "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and as a series regular in "The Factory." He’s been seen on many other television shows as well, including "Saving Grace," "24," "The Middle," "According To Jim," and "Seinfeld."

      Rick & Laura teach improv workshops at camps, colleges and theaters around the North America. They especially like helping people who are scared out of their minds about doing song improv to find out it’s really fun and something they can do successfully.

      Now they are heading to the Toronto Second City Training Centre to teach two musical workshops on February 21st and February 22nd

      Register here OR 416-340-7270.

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    • Jan 6 2014

      Get Your Reading On!

      We have complied a comprehensive list for your improv,writing and acting reading pleasure. Grab a new book and cozy up!

      Improv A-E Program
      Improvisation for the Theatre, Viola Spolin
      Impro, Keith Johnstone
      Something Wonderful Right Away, Jeffrey Sweet
      SCTV -- Behind The Scenes, Dave Thomas
      The Second City, Donna McCrohan
      The Compass, Janet Coleman
      Handbook of Games, Neva L. Boyd
      Musical Improv Comedy, Michael Pollock
      The Second City Backstage of The Worlds Greatest Comedy Theater, Sheldon Patinkin

      Stagecraft Program
      Introduction to Stanislavsky, Sonja Moore
      Sanford Meisner On Acting, Sanford Meisner
      Acting, The First Six Lessons, Boleslavsky
      Advice to the Players, Robert Lewis
      Audition, Michael Shurtleff
      The Actor At Work, Robert Benedetti
      Act of Being, Charles Marowitz
      Speaking Clearly, Modisett and Luter
      The History of the Theatre, Oscar G. Brockett

      Conservatory Program
      Almanac of Improvisation, Anne Libera
      Improvise: Scene From The Inside Out, Mick Napier
      Acting, The First Six Lessons, Boleslavsky
      Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Hirsch
      Musical Improv Comedy, Michael Pollock

      Writing Program
      Comedy Is A Serious Business, Harry Ruskin
      The Artful Edit, Susan Bell
      The Playwright's Workbook, Jean-Claude van Itallie
      The Comic Toolbox, John Vourhaus
      Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Hirsch
      An Incomplete Education, Jones and Wilson
      Days and Nights of Second City, Bernie Sahlins

      Longform Program
      Truth in Comedy, C. Halpern, Del Close & K. Johnson
      Longform Improv, Ben Hauck
      Long-Form Improvisation & The Art Of Zen, Jason Chin
      Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Hirsch
      Long Form Improvisation and American Comedy: The Harold, Matt Fotis

      General Reference
      An Incomplete Education, Jones and Wilson
      Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Hirsch

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