Kids & Teen students can now join us for camps led by the alumni of the Harold Ramis Film School, the only film school in the world focused entirely on comedy! Students ages 11-19 collaborate on creating short films and seeing their completed works on screen. Each camp runs from 9:00am-4:00pm each day.
HOW TO REGISTER When registering a student online, the parent/guardian must create a profile for themselves first and then add the student as a family member before completing the registration. If the student has previously attended Training Center classes, please use the existing student profile. We strongly recommend that the parent or guardian’s email address is listed on the student’s profile. Please note all tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.
HAVE QUESTIONS? Please check out our Comedy Camp Frequently Asked Questions. The answers to most questions can be found on the FAQ, but if you need more information please email email@example.com.
SCHOLARSHIPS The Second City Training Center has a limited number of full and partial scholarships available. Applications for 2019 camps are accepted through this online form and are due by April 1, 2019. All applicants will be notified of a decision by May 10—no phone calls or emails please.
WHERE TO STAY Coming from out of town? The Second City Training Center does not provide housing for camp students. See our “Where To Stay” page for recommended hotels, hostels, and dormitories in the Chicago area.
Comedic Storytelling and Filmmaking for Teens ages 16-19
In this one-week course you will be taken through a miniature version of the yearlong filmmaker program at The Harold Ramis Film School. You will begin the class by learning how to use improv to create content for the screen and to build your confidence and refine your skills on both sides of the lens. Next you will hone your comedic voice through writing a short film in a group to generate material in the Second City tradition. The last three days is an immersive hands-on learning experience when you shoot the sketch you wrote in the first two days. You will learn the basics of film production by doing it. The class concludes with a screening of the finished videos on the final day.
Making the Improvised Movie ages 11-15
In this one-week class you get a chance to do one of the most fun and unique classroom assignments we offer at the yearlong filmmaker program at The Harold Ramis Film School – the improvised movie! You will learn the improv basics like creating from abundance, collaboration, and how to use improv to create content for the screen. Working in groups, you will then shoot short films that you are improvising from start to finish. No script. Just filmmaking at its most fun and challenging. Through this process you will learn the basics of production and editing. The week concludes with a screening of the finished films on the final day.