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Acting Program

Study the basic skills of acting. Monologues, scenes, and exercises are used to examine techniques an actor uses to establish a character. In this program students discover skills found in the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of the human condition.

Acting (ages 7-13)

Acting (ages 7-13)

  • Ages 7-8, 9-10, 11-13
  • 1-2 Hours, 7 Weeks

The Acting class is for students who want an introduction to acting. Acting is all about emotions. It’s about getting in touch with emotions and controlling them. The Second City approach to acting brings the supportive atmosphere vital to improv into the classroom. This helps kids really express themselves and get into a character without the fear of judgment. Acting skills aren’t just for actors. We deal with emotion all the time and present ourselves to the public every day. Acting classes can give kids more self-awareness of their public persona.

This class teaches the fundamentals of acting in a supportive environment. In this class the student learns to develop their individual acting skills and their personal voice. Students will learn about stage presence and how to use their voice and physicality to convey meaning. This class is about developing the individual as an actor.

Students will be given monologues from the Second City archives to perform. They will develop characters through improv exercises. They will learn basic theater terminology. All of this is done with a Second City mentality so there is slight emphasis on comedy.

Acting is offered in three different age groups, ages 7-8, ages 9-10 and ages 11-13. It meets once a week over a seven week term. The 7-8 age group meets for fifty minutes, the 9-10 age group for 90 minutes (beginning Fall 2017), and the 11-13 group meets for two hours.

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Acting (ages 14-18)

Acting (ages 14-18)

  • Intro and Advanced Acting
  • 2 Hours, 7 Weeks

Intro to Acting

Intro to Acting is for students who are interested in acting. It is also for high school students that may not have a theater department in their school and want to take an acting class for fun.

Acting is all about emotions. It’s about getting in touch with emotions and controlling them. The Second City approach to acting brings the supportive atmosphere vital to improv into the classroom. This helps kids really express themselves and get into a character without the fear of judgment. Acting skills aren’t just for actors. We deal with emotion all the time and present ourselves to the public every day. Acting classes can give kids more self-awareness of their public persona.

This class teaches the fundamentals of acting in a supportive environment. In this class the student learns to develop their individual acting skills and their personal voice. Students will learn about stage presence and how to use their voice and physicality to convey meaning. This class is about developing the individual as an actor.

Students will be given monologues from the Second City archives to perform. They will develop characters through improv exercises. They will learn basic theater terminology. All of this is done with a Second City mentality so there is slight emphasis on comedy.

Intro to Acting is open to any students ages 14-18. It meets once a week for two hours over a seven week term. A monologue reading and mock audition will be held in the last hour of class on the final day.

Advanced Acting

While the Intro to Acting class focused on developing the actor’s individual voice, the Advanced Acting class focuses on scene work. You will learn how to break down a scene to understand the subtleties of what’s going on with the characters. You will also learn to analyze the relationships of characters in a scene.

This class will get you up and performing archive Second City scenes with other classmates. You will get the experience of working with and relying on a scene partner to breath life into words on a page. Bringing humorous scenes to life off the printed page is very challenging and a great way to develop acting skills.

Advanced Acting is open to students who have completed Teen Intro to Acting. It meets once a week for two hours over a seven week term. A scripted reading and mock audition will be held in the last hour of class on the final day.

Advanced Scene Study

Advanced Scene Study is for students who have completed the Advanced Acting class and want to move further in the program.

Advanced Scene Study provides students with the knowledge and confidence to perform in different scenes of varied styles. By learning and practicing genre-specific acting exercises, you will be able to approach the work of acting with a deeper understanding of scenic study. With these lessons, you will be able to access a more nuanced and rich acting performance.

Advanced Scene Study is open to students who have completed Teen Advanced Acting. It meets once a week for two hours over a seven week term. A blocked staged reading will be held in the last hour of class on the final day.

Students are encouraged to take each level as many times as they like to get more practice or until they are comfortable to move forward with subsequent levels.

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Acting

Ace the Audition for Teens

Getting ready for your next audition? This workshop will cover monologue prep, cold reading, and best practices when trying to land your next role. Bring a monologue you’ve been working on, or we’ll work together to pick one that’s right for you. This class will also touch on landing auditions,…

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Movement Workshop for Teens

Do you find yourself stuck standing on stage with your hands in your pocket? When playing funny or dramatic scenes do you ever get self conscious about your physicality? Do you get shoehorned into playing only a certain type or age? This movement class is designed to change the way…

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On Camera Acting Techniques for Teens

Coaching and Virtual Showcase (ages 13-18)

Our Coaching and Virtual Showcase is a two-day workshop is designed for the advanced teen actor who is looking to gain more opportunities and work professionally on camera. This is a great opportunity for students to get coaching and instruction before recording their performance. It will also allow them to…

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On-Camera Acting Techniques (ages 13-18)

On-Camera Acting Techniques is for teens who want to get into the business of acting in commercials, TV, and film. Acting on film is very different from acting on stage. This class will provide you with a solid foundation for on-screen acting. Also, it is no secret that commercial and…

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Private Lessons

Private Lessons

One-On-One Coaching

The Second City Training Center offers individual, customized coaching in a variety of areas including, but not limited to:

Acting
Monologue prep
On-camera audition prep
Dialects Accent Coaching

Youth & Teen Coaching
Audition Prep
Monologue Prep

Writing
Advanced sketch critique
Screenplay & Sitcom coaching
Sketch Production (Coaching a group through their first production)
Sketch generation & critique…

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