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.
Our Intensive Programs are crash courses in the philosophies and methods The Second City uses to find, explore, and create material. In addition to locals, these programs attract students from all over the country and abroad.
Come learn new skills, meet new friends, and take advantage of Hollywood's rich comedy scene!
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.
The Advanced Improv Program places more specific and specialized material in front of a more advanced student. These are great classes for the working actor. Offerings include improvisational acting, scene work, and long form.
Rules fall away and satirical points of view come to the forefront, preparing students for work at The Second City and beyond.