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Seminars, Special Events & Workshops

Throughout the year we have a variety of workshops, seminars, and appearances by special guests.

Guest Instructors

How To Be the Funniest You with Beth Lapides

How can you be the funniest version of the real you? Whether you perform stand up, improv, sketch, storytelling, or you just want to be funnier, this workshop with UnCabaret‘s Beth Lapides will break down proven techniques to unlock the funniest you.

Beth, who has taught at UCLA…

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Acting & Performance

Ace the Audition

Getting ready for your next audition? This workshop will teach you how to audition through monologue prep, cold reading, and best practices when trying to land your next role. Bring a monologue you’ve been working on, or we’ll work together to pick one that’s right for you. This class will also…

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Video Game Voiceover Workshop

If you’ve ever wanted to be one of those voices on your favorite game, then the Video Game Voiceover Workshop is for you! Kathleen Puls Andrade will take you through gaming scripts that will challenge your mouth, your voice, your mind, and your body.

You’ll explore supporting your voice…

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Freeing Your Voice for the Stage

Freeing your Voice for the Stage is for actors and improvisers who want to improve their speaking voice for the stage, work on projection, and learn how to speak in a healthy way that can get them through a long run of a show. It’s also for improvisers and actors…

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Comedy History & Analysis

History of Comedy on Film

History of Comedy on Film is for anyone who wants a better understanding of the grand history of comedy. It is also for film buffs and general fans of comedy. In short, this is one class that is pretty open to anyone who is interested. Learning about how comedians of…

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Improv & Sketch

Improv for Individuality

Improv for Individuality is for people looking for artistic expression from their true selves. It’s for those looking to explore the inner relationship and outer misconceptions of self, gender, and identity via the application of improv and dance/movement therapy. This class is a fun outlet for people dealing with identity…

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Music

Hamilton! Breaking Down the Magic

As comedic professionals we are constantly exploring inventive ways for telling a narrative with a strong point of view. Today Hamilton has captured our cultural sentiment and done so in the most game-changing way.

How does the art of rap and modern beats become the perfect method for telling the timeless…

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Stand-Up & Storytelling

So You Want to Try Stand-Up

Have you always wanted to try stand-up but were too intimidated to try? This workshop will take you from “Wish I could” to “Wow! I did!” in a supportive atmosphere, practice finding the comedy in real-life experiences and turn them into a stand-up set. This class will include writing, discussion,…

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Creating Cartoon Stories

Bring your story ideas to life in cartoons. We’ll explore the creative process, cartoon drawing fundamentals, character development, and more! In-class writing and drawing exercises help you discover new possibilities in developing and expressing your ideas and point of view. These exercises help you generate the ideas for your own…

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TV, Film & Digital

Intro To Writing for Late Night TV and Talk Shows

This three-hour workshop with Emmy-nominated writer, guest instructor, and Second City alum Holly Wortell will teach students the basics of writing for shows like Fallon, Conan, Kimmel, Seth Meyers, Colbert, Ellen and more. Pitch monologue jokes, develop desk bits, brainstorm, explore and heighten material in this collaborative Writer’s Room environment….

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Drop-In Classes

Improv Test Drive

Improv Test Drive

Are you interested in taking an improv class, but you’re not quite sure if it’s right for you? Give it a test drive! Our weekly drop-in improv class for beginners is open to everyone, whether you have ever improvised or not. It’s a great opportunity…

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Writing Drop-In

Having troubles setting time aside for writing? Need a writing accountability buddy? The Second City is offering a writing drop-in class. At the beginning of each session you’ll say what you’re working on and at the end you’ll say what you hope to work on during the week. What you…

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