Acting Program

The Acting Program empowers the student with the necessary core skills to take responsibility of their own growth and learning as an actor. This program offers the student a unique method of acting that enables students to discover skills found in the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of the human condition. Each level of the program builds upon the skills achieved from the previous one. Auditioning and working in the business will also be examined. Great for beginners or for actors who have been out of the classroom for a while.

Please note that some of these classes will be delivered online.


Acting 1

In a Second City revue, the comedy partly derives from the writing of the scenes; the premise, jokes, satire, etc… But the truly deep audience laughs, the laughs that people remember for years after the show, come from great performances. In this first level of the Second City Acting Program,…

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Acting 2

The Second City logo of a solitary bentwood chair is symbolic for our traditional lack of scenery and costumes because “all we need is a chair and a stage.” As our actors perform several characters each night under these limitations, it forces us to truly define our characters. This class…

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Acting 3

Acting 3 encompasses advanced acting lessons for the performer who wants to gain experience using their entire body to create a character and tell a story. The performer that wants to master their art must master movement. Every individual has a unique body type and moves differently. By utilizing how…

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Acting 4

Acting 4 is for the serious performer looking to make a career on the stage. A good command of styles is an important tool to any performer. It allows the performer to instantly be on the same page with their cast mates when they are charged to perform a piece…

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Acting Lab

Acting Lab Level 1

Acting Lab 1 provides you with the knowledge and confidence to perform in different scenes of varied styles. By learning and practicing genre-specific acting exercises, you are able to approach the work of acting with a deeper understanding of scenic study. With these lessons, you’ll be able to access a…

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Acting Lab Level 2

If you’re pursuing a career as a professional actor, this class equips you with the required aptitude in acting ability and expertise in the world of entertainment. Acting Lab 2 is an investigation into how to book acting roles and how to sustain a career as a professional actor. You’ll…

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Acting Lab Level 3

Acting Lab 3 is the summation and final step in the Acting Lab program which results in an entertainment industry showcase. Students use every acting lesson and acting exercise experienced in previous levels and apply them to form a presentation to industry professionals with the goal of generating interest in…

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Acting Lab Auditions

The Acting Lab is an advanced acting program for students who wish to acquire the skills to pursue a career as a professional actor. By focusing on the acting lessons in this acting program, students gain tools to help them to create detailed performances.

You need to have completed the four…

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Acting Online

Sitcom for Actors Levels 101 & 201 (Online)

This class meets online via Zoom or Google Hangouts, at the day & time you’re signing up for. All you need is a sturdy internet connection and a device that has a camera and microphone (computer, tablet, or even your phone can work.)

Level 101 – This is a 5-week Sitcom…

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Acting 101 – Fundamentals Through Genre (On-demand)

This class teaches a solid, fundamental approach to acting that can be applied to any style or genre of material. After establishing a core process, put it immediately into practice by tackling different styles of scripts each week. Students learn and discuss key elements in scripts, as well as submit…

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Hosting 101 (Online)

A class to get more improvisers comfortable hosting improv shows – setting up improv games, keeping the show moving forward and keeping the energy up. Hosting: the ultimate way to make your partners look good!

Prerequisite: Improv 3/C or equivalent education

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Physical Performance

Speechless! A Physical Comedy Workshop

Cat got your tongue? Good! You won’t need it for this class while you hone your object and environment work. Learn to be comfortable with silence and use it to explore and forward scenes. Create (or destroy) worlds with nothing but your hands and imagination. In this class we’ll use…

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Audition Preparation

Auditioning for TV and Film

This is a 7-week workshop focusing on preparation and performance techniques specifically for the audition. The goal of this class is to help Actors feel more confident in their audition preparation so they can perform more confidently in the room or in a self-tape. This class will cover all aspects…

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Voice & Speech

Dialects & Character Voices (Online)

Looking to build your Actor/Improviser Tool Box? Want to bring your Irish Bartender into more crisp view? Got that Brooklyn Cab Driver you’ve been dying to perfect? This is the place to do it! Learn fun ways to expand your arsenal of character voices and regional dialects. In this class,…

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Voiceover 101 (On-demand)

Join Kathleen Puls Andrade for an intensive look at the Voiceover industry and learn the skills needed to make it in this competitive field. You’ll be getting behind the mic (or phone, or laptop) to read scripts and get coaching either live with the class or one on one over…

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Advanced Voiceover (On-demand)

Join Kathleen Puls Andrade for an intensive five week look at the Voiceover industry and learn the skills needed to make it in this competitive field. This class is both recorded and interactive. You’ll be getting behind the mic (or phone, or laptop) to read scripts then post them in…

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Acting Workshops

Voiceover Intensive

You’ll be getting behind the mic (or phone, or laptop) to read scripts and get coaching either live with the class or one on one over email. This class is open to anyone with an interest in Voiceover work or for anyone with an interest in bettering their communication skills…

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