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The mission of The Second City Training Centre is to teach the skills which underlie the work on our resident stages. The classes, taught by professionals working in their fields, are dedicated to helping students develop their artistic voice, both individually and within an ensemble, and to provide the tools and techniques needed to express that voice. The Second City Training Centre draws from the Training Centre’s history of ensemble improvisation, satire, and revue comedy as developed and practiced by its actors, directors, and teachers, and serves as a laboratory for the exploration of the future of the art form.
How do you enroll in classes?
Register Online – You can see all scheduled class times and if space is available through our website. Check out full variety of classes for Adults and Kids & Teens. Once enrolled you will receive confirmation via e-mail.
Come in person or call – Our phone number is 416-343-0011.
Payment must be made at the time of enrollment in order to secure your spot in class. Payment plans are available.
If you can’t enroll in the class you’re interested in because it’s full or not on sale that term, you can add yourself to our waitlist HERE.
Where are classes held?
Most classes are held at The Second City Training Centre at 99 Blue Jays Way on the third floor. A small number of specialty classes may also take place at offsite locations. Classrooms are confirmed within a week of the class start time. We also have online classes!
Want to give us a try before committing? We get that. Try out one of our adult drop-in classes!
Training Center Programs
Adult Program Dates
Term 1 2020
Term 2 2020
Term 3 2020
Term 4 2020
Term 5 2020
Term 6 2020
Kids & Teens Program Dates
Winter Term 1 2020
Winter Term 2 2020
Spring Term 2020
Summer Camps 2020
Fall Term 1 2020
Fall Term 2 2020
New Year's Day
Spring Break (Kids)
New Year's Eve
Being a Student
All Training Center policies and procedures are available in our student handbook.
SECOND CITY MAINSTAGE – 1 Free rush ticket 30 minutes prior to curtain (based on availability); 2 for 1 tickets purchased in advance. *Sunday-Friday Only
* For Second City Mainstage and Tour Co Performances only.
STUDIO RENTALS – Based on availability; Student and Grad Rates available
ROXY BAR – Save 15% off all food orders, save 20% if your bill is paid in cash
ZIPCAR – Application fee: $0 (normally $30)
Annual fee: $35 (normally $70)
Driving rates: 10-20% off Monday – Friday hourly rates
Visit http://www.zipcar.ca/SecondCity-TrainingTO to sign up!
You will receive a Student Information Card in your first class. This card is your passkey for these great perks, so make sure you’ve got it and your photo ID on you to take advantage of them.
It depends what you’d like to do. The Improvisation Program is a great jumping off point. We also have Improv for Anxiety, Public Speaking and Acting as great first options. Or if you’re looking to go the writing route, we have the Writing or Stand-Up Programs. If you have completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre or you are ACTRA/EQUITY, then you may enroll in our Improv for Actors Program. If you have completed 100 hours of improv training (equivalent to our Improv Program) from another training centre and you have completed a post secondary acting course, then you are eligible to submit for our Improv or Longform Conservatory Programs. If you need any help deciding which classes to take, just give us a call. We will always be happy to chat with you about your interests and goals and figure out the best place for you to begin.
Only some advanced programs like the Sketch Conservatory require auditions, though some specialized classes and workshops may have prerequisites.
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 Teens Program for students ages 4-18. Students must be at least 18 to attend classes in our Adult Programs, but there is no upper age limit.
We require payment at the time of registration in order to hold your spot in the class. Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable. We accept Mastercard, Visa, Amex, cash, or cheque. PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE! Pay for your class in installments. Register online and set up your own payment plan, or inquire with the office.
Scholarships are granted per term. You must apply before the deadline of your desired term.
Scholarship Application Deadlines 2019
Term 1: December 3rd, 2019
Term 2: January 28th, 2020
Term 3: March 24th, 2020
Term 4: May 19th, 2020
Term 5: July 21st, 2020
Term 6: September 23rd, 2020
KIDS & TEENS
Winter 1: December 4th, 2019
Winter 2: January 22nd, 2020
Spring Term: March 25th, 2020
Summer Camps: June 2nd, 2020
Fall Term 1: August 12th, 2020
Fall Term 2: October 7th, 2020
No worries, you can easily make up the class in one of our pre-scheduled makeup classes! For more information please head to our Makeup Classes page!
Sometimes a student may wish or need to take time off from The Training Centre due to personal reasons. Should this occur, please contact The Training Centre staff immediately. Please be informed that when you return, the Training Centre will place you at its discretion. Students who leave during the Conservatory Program may be asked to re-audition. Returning students must pay the tuition rate that is applicable to the time of rejoining The Training Centre. Any student returning after more than one (1) year of absence is required to rejoin the program at a level determined by The Training Centre.
It takes a great deal of training and experience to become a member of our professional company. Most of the resident actors have trained and performed for a number of years before being hired by The Second City. Graduates of the Improv Conservatory are eligible to audition for The Second City Company each spring at General Auditions. Although many of the resident company actors are graduates of The Training Centre, completion of any program does not guarantee employment with the company.