Improv Program

The Improv Program is a complete foundation in the principles of scenic improvisation as practiced at The Second City. Based in the work of Viola Spolin, this program covers all elements of the improvisational process. Students begin with ensemble, environment, and object work and end by rehearsing and performing their own fully improvised show.

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

Improv 1 - 5

Improv 1

Improv 1 introduces students to the fundamental concept of “Yes, And” in improvisation. Through group exercises and games, students will explore impulse & spontaneity, listening, being present in the moment, taking risks, finding agreement (making & accepting offers) and other basic building blocks of improvisation, all in a supportive environment…

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Improv 2

Improv 2 introduces students to the skills needed for character work, an element essential to dynamic improvised scenes. Students will explore creating characters through internal motivations like point of view, status, wants & intentions – as well as external ones like physicality and relationships to other characters. They…

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Improv 3

Improv 3 takes the character work from Improv 2 and places it in the context of other key elements of dynamic scenes: who/what/where, beginnings & middles, platforms, setting, intro to tilts/routine breaking,  and heightening.

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Improv 4

Improv 4 broadens the focus to include the audience in the experience. Where Improv 3 sets the table with the elements of basic scene structure, Improv 4 deepens this work – adding an emphasis on stakes, resolutions and clear scenic objectives for games. Incorporating audience suggestions and playing with an…

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Improv 5

In this performance-oriented level, students will be introduced to hosting skills, game set-ups and techniques for more effectively integrating the audience into their shows. With a focus on advanced games & handles, this level will provide students with a strong basis for performing short form improvisation that marries substance &…

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2020 Improv

Improv Level E

Level E is all about performance. You’ll take everything you have learned in Levels A-D and use those skills to put together a fully improvised, 45-minute show for friends and family. You learn multiple aspects of improv performance, including communicating with an audience, engaging in a rehearsal process, and introducing,…

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Advanced Improv

Big Choices Bootcamp with Ted Hambly

Stuck in a scene and not sure what to do? Have you and your scene partner lost energy and confidence in what is going on? Big Choices Bootcamp will give you the tools and practice to be able to invest and then reinvest in your offers, scenework and partners in…

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Scene Diagnostics with Matt Folliott (Online)

Strong scenes are the backbone of any improv show and as we get comfortable as performers we can fall into habits good and bad, like playing the same character or making the same offers. This workshop will challenge and push you to make new, exciting choices in your scenes with…

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Go With The Group with Matt Folliott (Online)

Group scenes can be challenging. How do we share focus when we’re all on stage and what do we focus on to explore when we all have our own ideas? This workshop will introduce you to different approaches for fun, focused group scenes and creating group mind within your ensemble…

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Premise Generation with Carly Heffernan (Online)

Get ready to try an absolute abundance of tried and true exercises for creating sketch comedy. Leave the course not only equipped with these techniques for the future but with a list of amazing scene ideas/premises ready to go. Bye-Byeeeeee Writer’s Block!

About the instructor: Carly Heffernan is an award winning…

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Improv for Anxiety

Improv for Anxiety 1

This innovative class uses ensemble-based improv to help people with social anxiety disorder overcome fear and avoidance associated with work, school, and family life. A Second City Training Centre instructor will lead the improv class through a series improv exercises that are specifically chosen to address key triggers for social…

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Improv for Anxiety 2

This innovative class uses ensemble-based improv to help people with social anxiety disorder overcome fear and avoidance associated with work, school, and family life. Building on the “Yes, And” foundation of level 1, Improv for Anxiety 2 continues to gently navigate key triggers for social anxiety – this time with…

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Improv for Anxiety 3

This innovative class uses ensemble-based improv to help people with social anxiety disorder overcome fear and avoidance associated with work, school, and family life. Improv for Anxiety 3 continues to encourage mindfulness and “being present in the moment” while gently taking students deeper into the improv skill set used to…

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Wellness

Improv for Autism

Improv for Autism offers a class in improv for teens and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Classes will focus on ensemble and team building to help with the exploration of different relationships and social cues. Improvisational games used in this class will teach the students skills such as accessing emotions…

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Humor Doesn't Retire

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. Have you always loved comedy? Do people tell you you’re funny? Do you just want to do something active and have fun with other people? Then…

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Improv Program Intensives

Improv 1 Intensive

Improv 1 introduces students to the fundamental concept of “Yes, And” in improvisation. Through group exercises and games, students will explore impulse & spontaneity, listening, being present in the moment, taking risks, finding agreement (making & accepting offers) and other basic building blocks of improvisation, all in a supportive environment…

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Improv 2 Intensive

Improv 2 introduces students to the skills needed for character work, an element essential to dynamic improvised scenes. Students will explore creating characters through internal motivations like point of view, status, wants & intentions – as well as external ones like physicality and relationships to other characters. They will learn…

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Improv Online

Improv Drop-in (Online)

Bring real, live fun from The Second City into your living room

Looking for laughs? Tired of TikTok? Already finished everything on all of Netflix? We’ve figured out how to bring real, live fun straight from The Second City to you! Our totally digital, totally FUN improv drop-in classes are for…

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Advanced Improv Drop-in (Online)

Spend your night(s) with our advanced improv teachers and keep those comedy muscles nice and toned.

Please note a full year of improv training at The Second City, approved school, or equivalent experience, and one Acting class post High School or equivalent experience is required. Not as experienced? Try one of…

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Improv for Anxiety Escape (Online)

A Second City Training Centre instructor will lead the improv class through a series improv exercises that are specifically chosen to address key triggers for social anxiety. In a safe and nurturing environment, participants will be introduced to a number of tools they can use manage their anxiety.

4 weeks for…

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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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