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.

The Improv Program

Improv Level A

In Improv Level A, you’ll start to learn the skills needed to create strong improvised scenes. Some of these skills include building ensemble, giving and taking focus, object work, and, one of the most crucial fundamentals of improv, the concept of “yes, and.”

All classes meet once per week for 8…

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Improv Level B

Improv Level B introduces students to the skills needed for character work, an element essential to dynamic improvised scenes.

Students learn how to improvise characters. They explore creating characters through internal motivations, like point of view, status, wants and intentions, and external ones, like experimenting with physicality. They learn how to…

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Improv Level C

Improv Level C introduces you to the skills needed for scene work, including emotion, listening, and transformation, as well as continues to hone skills learned in Levels A & B like ensemble, object work, and “yes, and.”You’ll also begin improvising scenes, exploring exercises that isolate the different skills needed for…

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Improv Level D

In Improv Level D, you’ll explore advanced-level scene work and focus on synthesizing all the elements that go into strong, well-rounded, dynamic scenes: like character, emotion, ensemble, environment, relationship, status, transformation, and more. You’ll also continue to learn how to improvise group scenes, and receive an introduction to scene styles…

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

No prerequisite, but improv instruction/experience is recommended. Not as experienced? Try one of the Improv Drop-Ins we offer throughout the week!…

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Improv Escape (Online)

Like indoor recess for adults, Second City’s brand new online Improv Escape Series is the perfect way to connect, laugh and try improv – all without leaving your living room. No prior experience is necessary for this fun, relaxed introduction to some of the skills of improvised comedy. Over the…

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Advanced Improv Escape (Online)

Already an improviser? If you’re looking for a supplement to your classes or a way to dive back in, spend a month with us to get those improv reps in. You’ll get feedback and keep your improv skills in fighting shape. This class runs for four weeks and is not…

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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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Improv for Anxiety

Improv for Anxiety Level A

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 Level B

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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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

3-Day Intensive: Improv & Writing

Explore the principles and processes of improv in the morning leading into an introduction to sketch comedy in the afternoon.
There will be an hour break built into the class

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Make It Work with Susan Messing and Rachael Mason (Online)

This two day workshop will help you to make improv EVEN in these uncertain times.

Topics addressed will be specificity, character relationship, reference level and playing to the hight of your intelligence EVEN when everything is unbelievably stupid. Let’s just cut loose and have some serious fun.

Susan and Rachael have taught…

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