Students work on building ensemble, object work, and the essence of a good improvisational scene. Using games, exercises, and other play, students explore relationships, character motivation, and heightening techniques to create compelling scenes and characters purely out of improv.
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The Conservatory is The Second City's professional training program, a deep and intense study of our cornerstone process of using improvisation to develop sketch comedy. This program creates artists who can find and create good ideas, develop them with an ensemble, and perform them with courage and commitment.
Our core Comedy Writing program is a yearlong course of study introducing students to the fundamentals of sketch comedy writing and culminating in a one-act sketch comedy show performed by top Training Center talent and produced by the writing students themselves.
Whether you want to get better at writing for yourself or for others, this program is for you!
Discover your unique comedic voice in Second City’s Stand-Up and Storytelling courses. Stand-Up uses an improvisational approach to the creation and delivery of solo comic material. Craft your set, learn joke construction, and discover how to navigate your first open mic.
Storytelling courses help bring structure and craft to autobiographical stories in compelling ways. Many Stand-Up and Storytelling courses end with a casual showcase of student work.
The Acting Program empowers students with the necessary core skills to take responsibility for their own growth and learning as an actor. This program offers a unique method of acting that enables students to discover skills found in the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of the human condition.
This program is great for beginners or actors who have been out of the classroom for a while.
The Second City Music Program is dedicated to helping students explore comedy’s unique relationship to music through voice, instruments, improvisation, and songwriting.
The Second City offers a variety of special workshops from educational to in-class to question-and-answer panels with special visiting artists. Each year we bring our unique brand of improvisation, humor and learning to thousands of participants.
Discover what actors need to get started in the world of voiceover. Learn about mic technique, demos, the difference between narrator and character reads, rates, tips, tricks, and resources for building your career in the voiceover scene.
Learn how to be a funny person doing things and not a person doing funny things. The classes focus on clowning, physical comedy, the power of silence, and improvisation to heighten one’s natural sense of play. Get out of your head and into your body by bringing more physicality to your work.
Study the essential tools to get your own improv show or sketch revue on stage! Learn directing techniques, marketing strategies, and lighting design for your next production.
Unlike any other course of study in content, scope, or resources, Comedy Studies provides a unique opportunity to study full-time at The Second City for an entire semester. This program is developed and taught by the experts in comedy at The Second City Training Center in Chicago, with college credit provided by Columbia College Chicago.
The Harold Ramis Film School at The Second City is the first and only filmmaking program of its kind. Over the course of the year, students are exposed to comedy theory, the ins and outs of comedy film production, screenwriting, improv, and master seminars with A-list industry pros.
Who is the ideal student? Anyone who loves comedy and has a tireless need to create. Whether you’re just graduating from college or are looking to make a career leap, people of all experience levels and backgrounds are welcome here.