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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

New York Comedy Festival Workshops

The Second City at The New York Comedy Festival

This year, comedy enthusiasts can do more than watch stand-up comedians at the New York Comedy Festival, they can also train with The Second City. Caroline’s and The Second…

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Special Guests

Q&A with Bob Odenkirk

Our next Q&A will be with Bob Odenkirk on Friday, November 17 at 1:30pm in the Second City Mainstage Theater. Mick Napier will serve as the moderator. Reserve your ticket now!

Bob Odenkirk is an American actor, comedian, writer, director and producer. He is best known for his…

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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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Improv & Sketch

Improv for Veterans Free Workshop

The Second City Training Center is offering a free improv workshop taught by a veteran, specifically designed for veterans! Surround yourself with others who have served and share similar experiences. Our veterans workshops aim to teach you improv fundamentals, connect you with other veterans, build communication skills, and embrace the…

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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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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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Video Game Voiceover Mini-Class

If you’ve ever wanted to be one of those voices on your favorite game, then this mini class is for you! Warner Bros. Cinematic Director, Dominic Cianciolo (Mortal Kombat X, Injustice: Gods Among Us) and Kathleen Puls Andrade will take you through gaming scripts that will challenge your mouth,…

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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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Master Clinics

Master Clinics are perfect for students looking to strengthen their skill set or performers looking to keep their skills fresh. Each clinic will be led by a veteran Training Center instructor and will have a different focus (ex: character work, scenework, games, initiation) challenging improvisers of many skill levels to…

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Latin & Ballroom Dance Drop-In

Want to add some new moves to your improv toolbox? Need to get some dance practice in for an upcoming holiday party or friend’s wedding? Want to meet new people and be social and stuff? Or do you just want to dance? Then the Latin & Ballroom Dance Drop-in is…

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