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

For over 60 years, The Second City has been archiving scripts and video from all of the resident stage revues. In this class, students will be assigned scenes and monologues from this collection to workshop and perform. When actors are handed a script, before they can start thinking about character…

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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 and evaluation of your work. Then you’ll take the direction…

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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 Online

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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Advanced Acting Program

Advanced Acting Program

The Advanced Acting Program is 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 audition effectively and create detailed performances. The program is divided into two…

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Acting Lab

Acting Lab Level 1

Scene study and Style

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 can approach the work of acting with a deeper understanding of scenic study. With these lessons, you’ll be able to access…

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Acting Lab Level 2

Advanced Auditioning

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 will learn how to use acting skills developed…

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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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