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Thank you for choosing to study with The Second City Training Center in Hollywood. We hope your experience with us will be informative and fun. Here are a couple of options for registering for a class:
Register Online – You are not registered until we have confirmed that you are in the correct level and that there is room in the class you have chosen. You will receive confirmation via e-mail.
Come in person or call, our phone number is 323-464-8542. We’re open Monday through Thursday 10am to 10pm, Friday 10am to 7pm, 11am to 7pm on weekends.
Payment must be made at the time of enrollment in order to secure your spot in class. Payment plans are available (see below). New Students, there is a one-time new student fee of $20 which will automatically be added to your tuition.
Training Center Programs
Term 1 2018
Term 2 2018
Term 3 2018
Term 4 2018
Term 5 2018
Term 6 2018
Halloween (closed @ 6:30pm)
New Years (closed @ 2pm)
Being a Student
Being a student at The Second City Hollywood has some perks: $1 student rush tickets for some shows with valid SCTC ID, deeply discounted prices on rehearsal space in our building for students and grads, lots of free events throughout the year, referral discounts and special rates for taking two or more classes at once. Ask us for more info!
Let’s channel our inner Maria Von Trapp and start at the very beginning. For improvisation training most of our students begin with Improv Level 1. You do not need to have any previous acting or improvisation experience to begin the Improvisation program. Students who have completed three consecutive levels of Improvisation at Second City or another comparable Improv School are eligible to audition for our Conservatory Program and our Musical Improv Program. If you need any help deciding which classes to take, just give us a call at (323) 464-8542. We will always be happy to chat with you about your interests and goals and figure out the best place for you to begin.
Words on a page. In the Acting program you will work with scripted material such as monologues and scenes from plays. The Improv program focuses on unscripted games, exercises and scenes.
Because the Training Center itself is not an accredited institution of higher learning, just an awesome professional training center, students are generally ineligible for college credit. We also cannot file the paperwork for international students to obtain student visas (sorry Mongolians, you may have to wait until we open the Ulan Bator Training Center). However, if you are currently enrolled in college, we have this amazing program called Comedy Studies which is an accredited college program that we run in Chicago in partnership with Columbia College. This is a semester-long study in comedy for which students do receive college credit.
We offer classes in our Kids and Teen Program for students ages 8-18. Students must be at least 19 to attend classes in our adult programs, but there is no upper age limit. Why, even Methuselah himself could come in and learn to improvise!
We currently do not offer scholarships for our programs. A small number of work study positions are available. These require five hours of work each week at the Training Center in exchange for free classes. Work study credits may not apply toward some special workshops. To be considered, you must be a current student in good financial standing and submit your work resume with a cover letter stating your hours of availability to the Training Center office. Your information will be placed on file and you will be contacted for an interview if/when a position becomes available.
You mean you have something better to do? Well, okay. You have up to one year to return and continue with the next level in your program. (Except for Conservatory 1 and Conservatory 5A.) If it has been longer than a year, you will need to repeat the last level you completed. Students returning from hiatus should call the office to be placed in a class or on a waiting list.
Tuition fees should be paid at the time of registration in order to hold your spot in the class. Tuition fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and checks. If you pay in cash, please bring the exact amount as we may not have change. We do not accept beads and trinkets…anymore (that’s how we lost the New York Training Center to the Dutch). Automated payment plans may also be available with a surcharge. Contact the office for more information.
It takes a great deal of training and experience to become a member of the Mainstage cast. Most of the resident actors have trained and performed for a number of years before being hired by Second City. Graduates of the Conservatory are eligible to audition for The Second City National Touring Company. Although many of the resident company actors are graduates of the Training Center, completion of any program does not guarantee employment with the company.
If you have taken three consecutive levels at any of the following Improv schools: UCB, iOWest, Groundlings, ComedySportz, or TheatreSports, then you may skip Improv levels 1-3 and audition for the Conservatory. If you have graduated from any of the aforementioned programs, then congrats! You can enroll directly into the Conservatory Program without auditioning. Please call us directly at (323) 464-8542 so we can verify your graduate status with the other Improv schools and get you started in class. For more information about these auditions, please scroll down!
Why, yes, we’re so glad you asked! Auditions for the Conservatory Program and the Musical Improv Program are once a term. After your Conservatory audition, you may either be placed in Conservatory 1, or in Improv Level 1-3. Students auditioning for the Musical Improv Program will go through the same audition as the Conservatory students, and will either be placed in the Musical Improv Program or will be encouraged to enroll in our Intro to Musical Improv class. You must audition for the term in which you are planning to enroll. To talk to us more about auditioning policies or class placement, please don’t hesitate to call us at (323) 464-8542 and we’ll be happy to help you!