Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Second City is committed to building an equitable & thriving environment for our BIPOC, Latinx, APIMEDA, and LGBTQIA+ communities, as well as for people with disabilities.

Find out more about our ongoing, company-wide DEI initiatives here.

Bob Curry Fellowship

NBC Bob Curry Fellowship

This ten-week master program offers up to 16 fellowships to qualifying actors and improvisers from diverse multicultural backgrounds to train and study at The Second City Chicago, Hollywood, and Toronto. Taught by Second City’s top professional instructors and directors, this rigorous fellowship is designed for serious minded talent seeking a career in sketch comedy. The highly competitive program is tuition-free and awarded to exceptional talent selected by audition and adjudicated by Second City directors and producers. The Bob Curry Fellowship’s culminating showcase is presented to industry execs, NBC casting and Second City producers and directors.

Since the inaugural launch in 2014, over 50% of the graduating fellows have been hired by various Second City divisions, including The Second City Touring Company, Resident Stage Ensembles, Theatricals and cruise ship companies, and as teachers for The Second City Training Center.

Who was Bob Curry?

Bob Curry was Joseph Jefferson Award-winning actor and director and the first African-American to join The Second City’s resident company. A former workshop student, he joined the Mainstage cast in 1966 before joining what evolved into the first-ever Touring Company.

Second City launched the Bob Curry Fellowship program in 2014 to honor Curry’s trailblazing contributions and encourage diverse voices to pursue careers in comedy at Second City and beyond.

The Bob Curry Fellowship program is specifically seeking talent/applicants including, but not limited to, those who identify as any of the following: Asian Pacific, Subcontinent Asian, African American, Hispanic, Native American, Middle Eastern.

Stay tuned for more information regarding 2022 Bob Curry Fellowship auditions and participation information.

Emerging Voices Scholarship

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NBC Second City Emerging Voices Scholarship Awards:

Three scholarships, one in each of the cities with The Second City Training Centers – Chicago, Toronto and Hollywood, aew awarded for one year in advanced improvisation or sketch writing training. Applications are particularly welcome from candidates from diverse communities. Qualified talent is selected from annual auditions as applicable in each city.

Download the Second City NBC Emerging Voices Scholarship application

Inquiries are open at all theaters.

E-mail outreach@secondcity.com for questions or more info.

Shows & Festivals


*2020 Festival Cancelled*

Stay tuned for info in 2021!

The Break Out Comedy Festival features a dynamic partnership between NBC and The Second City. Showcasing comedic talent alongside established headliners from around the U.S. and Canada, the festival has become an annual favorite for top casting agents and producers from HBO, NBC, the Tonight Show, and industry movers and shakers. Each night boasts cutting-edge performances featuring some of the country’s best young, diverse talent in sketch, improvisation, and stand-up.

Contact & More Info

Contact Us

E-mail outreach@secondcity.com for questions or more info.


Off the Cuff Podcast

Bob Curry Audition Tips

Are you an actor or improviser who recently submitted for an audition slot for the Bob Curry Fellowship? Listen to this podcast to get prepared and hear what the Fellowship is all about!
Featuring Dionna Griffin-Irons, Matt Hovde, Peter Kim, and Torian Miller

Diversity Partners

A few of our past & present partners:
After School Matters
United States Embassy
Norway & Latvia
Urban Prep Academy
YMCA Black and Latino Achievers
NBC Universal
Big Brothers Club
Columbia College
University of Chicago
Northwestern University
A Long Walk Home
DePaul University