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Advanced Improv Program

This Advanced Improv Program places more specific and specialized material in front of a more advanced student. Offerings include Improvisational acting, scene work, and long form. Rules fall away and satirical point of view come to the forefront preparing students for work at Second City and beyond.

Scenic Improv

Scenic Improv

  • Scenic Improv 1-2
  • 3 Hours, 7-8 Weeks

Scenic Improv 1

Improvised scene work is one of the most difficult and rewarding experiences in the entertainment world. A great improv scene is more than two people standing on stage talking; it engages the audience and takes them somewhere. Strong scene work is essential for advancing your improv career.

Scenic Improv 1 is an advanced improv class for people looking for a different improv class experience. This course focuses on the mechanics of a good scene. Good scenes don’t happen by accident; here you will learn why some scenes succeed and some scenes fail.

This advanced course will teach you to be a better improviser by concentrating on good scene work. You will focus on using your environment and progressing the action of a scene. The Scenic Improv classes are where you learn there is more to great improv than simply getting a laugh or being funny.

This class is all about giving you ample time to do scene work. It’s mileage that makes you a master, and this is a class will give you the repetition you need to make scene work come naturally.

Scenic Improv 1 meets once a week for three hours over an eight week term. It is open to students who have completed Improv Level E, Improv for Actors 2, or one year of improv training with Training Center approval.

Scenic Improv 2

Scenic Improv 2 is an advanced improv class for people who want to improve their basic improv skills. This class focuses on improving your individual skills and building the performance tools you need to build great scenes. This class will heighten your believability on stage.

Whereas Scenic Improv 1 taught you what makes a good scene, Scenic Improv 2 focuses on your skills on how to execute that scene. It sharpens your acting skills. It teaches you ways to convey emotion on stage. It also focuses on character development.

Exercises in Scenic Improv 2 include some classic acting and character development techniques. In addition there are exercises specifically designed to improve these techniques in an improvised setting. And, of course, there will be plenty of scene work for you to practice these skills.

Scenic Improv 2 meets once a week for three hours over seven weeks. Please note the starting dates as this class usually begins in the second week of a term. This class is open to students who have completed Scenic Improv 1 or have entered the Conservatory.

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That's Not Funny: Dramatic Improv

That's Not Funny: Dramatic Improv

  • Dramatic Improv 1-2
  • 3 Hours, 4 Weeks

That’s Not Funny: Dramatic Improv 1

That’s Not Funny: Dramatic Improv 1 is for anyone looking to take comedic scene work seriously by creating honest moments that lead to big laughs. By laying this authentic groundwork in improvisation, deeper meaning and bona fide acting will become a reliable way to approach improvisation. When improvising scenes for entertainment or for sketch generation, making honest and grounded choices yields high-level theatre. Learning how to initiate and sustain genuine scenes produces powerful and remarkable work that easily translates to improved and exceptional material.

Students focus on real character interaction by approaching scene creation seriously. This leads to a richer assembly of characters and truly satisfying moments that not only drive scene work, but also give it greater significance.

Students acquire new tools to build substantive scenes. Whether a seasoned performer or new to improvisation, these acting lessons incorporate seamlessly into anyone’s base improv knowledge and experience. Students need only bring a willingness to explore the serious business of being funny while not taking themselves too serious in the process.

Dramatic Improv 1 meets once a week for three hours over four weeks. It is open to students who have completed at least The Second City’s Improv Level C or have equivalent experience at a comparable program.

That’s Not Funny: Dramatic Improv 2

While the first level focused on slowing down and grounding improvisation, this class will explore the building of dramatic tension and its subsequent release. The Second City style of improvisation, whether for entertainment or for sketch generation, is founded in honest, smart and grounded choices. Learning how to intensify the dramatic rise of scenes delivers strong, resonant work that easily translates high-level art.

Students expand on how to approach dramatic scene by incorporating acting lessons that increase the drama of their improv which yield large laughs and even more meaningful moments. The course instruction incorporates theatrical techniques and devices that help students build up, feel, and let loose emotional gravity.

Students add to the tools garnered from That’s Not Funny: Dramatic Improv 1 through acting lessons and exercises designed to ramp up the weightiness of their improvisation. There’s even a focus on how to approach Stage Combat seriously and safely.

Dramatic Improv 2 meets once a week for three hours over four weeks.

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Improv for Actors

Improv for Actors Level 1

Improv for Actors 1 is for people interested in how to be a better actor. IFA-1 is geared toward both working and post-grad actors who are looking to expand their craft with skills of improvisation. It’s also a great option for people with a theater degree or background in the…

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Advanced Improv

Improv Level F(orever)

Finished the Improv A-E program and want to keep improvising in a structured but casual environment? Want to keep your improv skills from getting rusty? How about practicing with a fun group of like-minded students? Improv F(orever) is for Improv Program graduates who want to keep working on exercises…

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Character Work

Solo Performance

From Improvised Characters to Complete Solo Performance Scenes

In Solo Performance students of the craft will create compelling characters by improvising with specific goals, then craft structurally sound, multi-layered scenes and monologues for their characters. In this process of development students will also focus on joke structure,…

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Technique for Unique Characters

“The techniques of the theater are the techniques of communicating.” – Viola Spolin

Rooted in this Spolin idea, this Technique for Unique Characters class deconstructs characters by examining the 24 major nonverbal communication codes displayed by every character – consciously or unconsciously. By learning these codes and learning how…

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Diagnostics

Diagnostics

In the Diagnostics workshop you will be individually evaluated to find your own particular, unique improvising issues and work towards FIXING them. Call it a crutch, call it a bag of tricks, whatever you call it you’ll move past the issues and free up your improv potential.

Diagnostics meets once a…

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Notes, Notes, Notes

Notes, Notes, Notes gives advanced students the chance to get structured and direct feedback on scene work at the highest level. Curriculum will be specifically tailored to the needs of the ensemble and individual students.

Notes, Notes, Notes meets once a week for three hours over an eight week term.

This workshop…

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Scenic Improv

Advanced Short Form

You have learned the fundamentals of short form and you feel you are ready for this advanced short form program. Your playbook has 20-30 games? Can you play those games in front of an audience of over 100 people? Can you heighten the mini games inside it? Can you break…

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Go For It!

It’s time to stop thinking so much and just go for it! This workshop is designed to get you out of your head and into the scene. Improv is about trust – trusting your partner, and most importantly, trusting yourself. And like editing, it’s a skill we can learn. You…

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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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