Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
BOB CURRY FELLOWSHIP SCHOLARSHIP SHOWS & FESTIVALS CONTACT & MORE INFO The Second City is an open, inclusive workplace and welcomes everyone to bring along with them diverse life experiences,…
The Second City is an open, inclusive workplace and welcomes everyone to bring along with them diverse life experiences, including every permutation of economic and cultural backgrounds, orientation, ethnicity, and points of view. We are committed to building an equitable and thriving environment for BIPOC, Latinx, APIMEDA, and LGBTQIA+ communities, persons with disabilities, and all who may otherwise be marginalized or underrepresented in our business and around our community.
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.
BREAK OUT COMEDY FESTIVAL
Stay tuned for info in 2022!
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.
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!
A few of our past & present partners:
After School Matters
United States Embassy
Norway & Latvia
Urban Prep Academy
YMCA Black and Latino Achievers
Big Brothers Club
University of Chicago
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