Special Events & Auditions

Throughout the year we have a variety of workshops, seminars, and appearances by special guests. Performance opportunities are also available for Training Center students.

Workshops

ScruggsFest Kick Off and Sketch Workshop 2020

A fast and furious two-hour workshop to get writers ready to submit their sketches to ScruggsFest 2020. Jay will teach story structure, character basics, and dialogue. Get the rust out and get ready to write a sketch!

FREE – any and all female identifying folx from any Second City…

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Auditions

Coached Ensembles

Coached ensembles are a great opportunity for all Improv A-E and Improv for Actors students to get more stage experience. Ensembles will be created and coached by one of our fantastic faculty members. Each ensemble gets a multi-week run in the Skybox Theater on Thursday nights at 10:30.

Coached Ensembles are…

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Conservatory Auditions

An audition is required for entrance into the Conservatory program. All students must have completed at least one full year of a multi-level improv training program and at least one acting class at the post-high school level. The improv training prerequisite if met at the Chicago Training Center is completion…

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Sketch Cast Auditions

Sketch Cast! CALL FOR WRITER/ACTORS

Sketch Cast is a showcase in which actors perform their own material, as part of an ensemble. Groups will be cast via a submission AND audition process. Members will be selected by faculty directors based on their writing submission, resume, and audition.

Auditions will be held on February 15th 1pm-4pm. Selected actors will…

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Writing 6 Show Auditions

Students in Writing 5-6 are creating a stage revue and need performers. Auditions are generally held in week 7 or 8 of a term. Auditions are only open to Training Center students, and you must be available for rehearsal during the Writing 6 class time in the following term….

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Drop-In Classes

Improv Test Drive

Are you interested in taking an improv class, but you’re not quite sure if it’s right for you? Give it a test drive! Our weekly drop-in improv class for beginners is open to everyone, whether you have ever improvised or not. It’s a great opportunity to practice, have some fun,…

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So, You Want to Try Stand-Up

Have you always wanted to try stand-up but were too intimidated to try? This workshop will take you from “Wish I could” to “Wow! I did!” in a supportive atmosphere, practice finding the comedy in real-life experiences and turn them into a stand-up set. This class will include writing, discussion,…

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Stand Up Sampler

Learn core stand-up concepts with The Second City Training Center and write some first drafts of your own material before checking out the popular Second City Training Center Open Mic and cheering on stand-ups or trying out your own material.
$20 – Saturdays at 7pm

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A Taste of The Second City Training Center

Join The Second City Training Center for an introduction to improv and a comedy show to follow while making new friends and experiencing one of Chicago’s most historic venues. You’ll have the option to jump on stage for games or learn by watching in this Lecture/Demonstration-style workshop. Then we’ll have…

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Humor Doesn't Retire Drop-in

Our Humor Doesn’t Retire program is for people 55 and older who are interested in meeting new people and learning the art of improvisation. This is a great opportunity for those who want to learn and improvise with people who share similar life experiences and reference levels. These classes are…

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Writing Drop-in

Are you interested in taking a writing class, but you’re not quite sure if it’s right for you? Give it a test drive! Our weekly drop-in writing class for beginners is open to everyone. It’s a great opportunity to practice, have some fun, and meet new people!
Classes meet every Monday…

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Music Improv Drop-in

Are you interested in taking a music improv class, but you’re not quite sure if it’s right for you? Give it a test drive! Our weekly drop-in music improv class for beginners is open to everyone. It’s a great opportunity to practice, have some fun, and meet new people!
Classes meet…

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Stand-Up Drop-in

Are you interested in taking a stand up class, but you’re not quite sure if it’s right for you? Give it a test drive! Our weekly drop-in stand-up class for beginners is open to everyone. It’s a great opportunity to practice, have some fun, and meet new people!
Classes meet every…

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