Our 3-day Intensives are a fun introduction to the techniques done at The Second City. Got a little more time on your hands? Check out our 5-day Improv and Writing Intensives! We also offer several Specialty Intensives during the summer.
WHERE TO STAY IN CHICAGO? The Second City Training Center does not provide housing for students. Students are responsible for arranging their own accommodations. See our “Where To Stay” list for recommended hotels, hostels, and dormitories in the Chicago area, some with special rates for Second City students!
Improv 3-Day Intensive
Get an introduction to the fundamentals of improvisation. You will learn how to create environments on stage and how to develop characters and interact with your scene partner. You will learn the tenets of “Yes, and” as well as some well established improv games used by performers in the Chicago improv scene.
Writing 3-Day Intensive
Explore how to create sketches in the Second City style. Learn about scene structure and writing from a character’s point of view. You will learn the technique of “writing from abundance” which is where you learn to write improvisationally. This technique incorporates the “Yes, and” philosophy to your writing as a way to create freely and avoid writer’s block.
Improv & Writing 3-Day Intensive
Explore the principles and processes of improv in the morning leading into an introduction to sketch comedy in the afternoon.