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Student Performance Opportunities

Student Performance Schedule

Coached ensembles are a great opportunity for all Improv A-E and Improv for Actors students to get more stage experience. Ensembles will be created and coached by one of our fantastic faculty members. Each ensemble gets a multi-week run in the Skybox Theater on Thursday nights at 10:30.

Coached Ensembles are only open to current and former Training Center students. Check the Auditions page for audition times and sign-ups.

Sketch Cast is a showcase in which actors perform their own material, as part of an ensemble. Groups will be cast via a submission AND audition process. Members will be selected by faculty directors based on their writing submission, resume, and audition.

Writing submissions will be accepted until Wednesday, February 14. Auditions will be held on Saturday, February 17. Selected actors will perform in one of two separate runs: Wednesdays at 10:30pm, March 21-April 4 or April 11-25.

How to apply:

Writing Submissions

  • Writing submissions are due by 11:59pm on Wednesday, February 14 to Winter Davis at Only one scene submission per actor/writer is permitted. Please include “Sketch Cast Submission” as well as your name and scene title in the email subject line.
  • Please attach a headshot and resume with your submission.
  • Your submitted scene may be previously written or performed material, or something brand new; however, you must be the only author. Your writing piece should be a good example of your work but will not necessarily be used in your show.
  • Your submission, sent as a Word or PDF attachment, should be titled with your last name, first name, and scene title (e.g. “Shakespeare_William_Twelfth Night”) and be in script format. Improperly titled submissions may be disqualified.
  • After the submission deadline, accepted applicants will receive approval to sign up for auditions. You will not be able to sign up until we have reviewed your writing piece, so please allow time. Only a limited number of submissions can be accepted.
  • Please see a Sketch Cast show. Upcoming performances are 10:30pm Wednesdays through February 28.


If you are invited to audition, you may sign up online or by calling the Training Center at 312-664-3959.

Auditions will be held on Saturday, February 17. Audition time slots will be 50 minutes each, and audition space is limited. You will perform a bit of improv and some cold reading from archived scenes.

You must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. Headshots and resumes are required. Check out our Audition Guide for helpful information! Stand-by auditioners may attend if they bring a printed copy of their written submission. Your director will contact you within one week of the audition if you are cast in an ensemble.

Sketch Cast is open to all current and former Second City Training Center students. There are no prerequisites, but please note submissions will be reviewed prior to approval.

Improv jams every Thursday night at 10pm! Check in at 4th floor reception for location. Music Improv jams every Saturday at 4pm in the de Maat Studio Theater.

Check out some of your favorite instructors in the faculty improv jam Those Who Can’t every Tuesday at 10:15pm in the deMaat Studio Theatre. They’re looking for variety acts to open the show: sketch groups, music, improv, standup, jugglers, and everything in-between. For more info or to request a spot, message Jay Sukow and Micah Philbrook on the Those Who Can’t Facebook page.

If you feel that improv helps you with your mental and/or physical health, join us for a Wellness Jam. It’s open to everyone and will highlight some of the ways improv improves our lives. The Wellness Jam is open to students of all levels, whether you’ve improvised or not. It’s a great opportunity to learn, grow, practice, have fun, meet new people and manage your self care.

Wellness Jams meet on the second Tuesday of every month from 10:00-11:45 p.m. in Room 207 with instructor Lisa Bany.

Have you always wanted to improvise on stage with your favorite teacher? Jam Sandwich is the all-improvised show featuring Second City Training Center faculty and students! Every Thursday night at 10:30, join us in the de Maat Studio Theatre for a jammin’ good time. Sign up at the de Maat box office when you come to see the show, and we will select a few random students to perform the following week.

Tickets are $5 general admission at the door.

Join Winter Davis and guest hosts for a free stand-up open mic on Saturdays at 9pm at the Corner Stage on the Training Center 2nd floor (at the windows over North and Wells). To get a slot, please fill out this form by Friday at 2pm.

Improv groups of 5 people or more are eligible to perform a 15-minute opening slot for one of our three Severn Darden Graduate Program shows. For more details or to submit your team as an opening act, email Stephanie Case.

The Second City invites current students and graduates of the Training Center to submit proposals to produce shows in the Training Center Theaters. Shows may be scripted or improvised. The person submitting the proposal should have a significant role in the production such as actor, director, writer or producer.

On your proposal, apply not only for dates that work for your cast and crew’s schedules, but also for time slots appropriate to the show. See below for further specifics.

Proposals generally will be accepted every three months. Updated information about available slots and proposal deadlines will be posted here and emailed to students.

Things to Keep In Mind When Submitting a Show Proposal:

  • Clarity / detailed completion of proposal – Make sure that you have a clear vision for what your show will be and have thought through the entire concept.
  • Appropriate fit to requested time slot(s) – Have in mind both the type of content you’re creating as well as the type of audience you’d like to attract. Traditionally, 7:00 or 7:30 time slots are more ideal for family fare, while a 10:00 or 10:30 slot would be better fit for more edgy or experimental material. Time slots and run lengths will vary based on availability.
  • Experience – Have you put up productions at other places? What other training or performance experience do you and/or your ensemble members have?
  • Flexibility – Specific preferences are appreciated, but please also indicate if your show’s length can vary or if you are available or interested for any time slots outside your primary choices.
  • Enthusiasm & Marketing Strategy – We want to see that you’re excited about the work you’re presenting and that you have a detailed and aggressive plan for how you’re going to get butts in seats.

*We are now accepting submissions for March – May 2018. Please email completed applications to Clark Pavlik at

Click here to submit your show proposal

Want to play on our stages rent free? Submit your group for a single performance as part of our new One Night Only Series. Perform alone or double billed with another team. Please submit the name of your team and we’ll take care of the rest! For more details or to submit your improv team, email Stephanie Case.

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