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RewireU is the professional development program at The Second City Training Center.

RewireU Overview

RewireU empowers individuals, teams, and creatives through the understanding and application of The Second City’s renowned improvisation techniques. As inventors of the art form, we have a deep understanding of how our methods can unlock creativity and foster ensemble building in wholly unique ways.

The program is designed to teach participants how to rewire their minds to be more like that of an improviser: nimble, adaptable, and accepting of ideas.

Participants of the RewireU program gain hands-on experience learning proven strategies that impact several critical collaborative areas, including:

  • Generate new ideas–and better ideas
  • Engaging in the sharing of ideas and opinions
  • Developing the skills to give and receive feedback that sticks
  • Embracing change and overcoming conflict
  • Finding your unique voice
  • Building trust, encouraging risk, and learning to be comfortable with discomfort
  • Becoming open and inclusive to other thoughts, backgrounds, and skill sets
  • Instilling creativity as a habit

“The interactive learning is like no other. A must-have experience to learn business and relationship lessons first hand.” -Jeff, VP of Account Management

Our Approach

Improvisation is an art form developed from a need to enhance collaboration, empathy, and innovation. Both on and off the stage, our methods have invaluable applications.

The ability to thrive amid change requires 4 things:

  • The ability to recognize where you are in any given moment
  • The flexibility to choose a new path
  • A willingness to collaborate on a solution
  • The freedom to take a risk…and to learn from failure

RewireU uses Second City’s award-winning improvisation, comedy, and audience-driven techniques to bring these principles to life for every type of industry and unique career challenge in a low-risk, high-energy experience. How do we achieve this? With two words that can change everything: Yes, and.

“Experiencing and studying the ‘secret sauce’ behind the seemingly impossible task of on-stage improvisation, ReWireU exposed me to techniques for building strong groups, making strong choices, and remaining open to the amazing possibilities we often simply ignore.”
-Dr. Liam Hawry, Lead Designer, Berlin Packaging

Who Should Attend

Our ideal attendees are interested in becoming more empathetic, inclusive, and aware of others. They are open to blending personalities, styles, and thought processes. They want to foster respect in all environments and accomplish great things as part of a truly cohesive unit.

“If you are looking to learn new skills, to tackle a challenge, to do something you are afraid of, to meet impressive and like-minded professionals or to shake yourself out of a rut, then ReWireU may be a great option for you.” – Christina Warner, Healthcare Consultant & MBA Candidate at Duke Fuqua School of Business

The Core - The fundamental course for Second City's Learning Lab

  • Ensemble - Collaborating with others to help everyone look good

    Ensemble builds on the idea that we are better together. Greater success comes from working as a cohesive unit to accomplish a common goal.

    Learn how to:

    • Celebrate diversity and inclusion

    • Find balance between your needs and those of others

    • Understand when to take the lead and when to release control

    • Show gratitude for information and ideas through empathy and awareness

  • Authenticity - Polishing your unique voice

    This course will help you strip away the facades we often use when making ourselves vulnerable and accentuate your true voice.

    Learn how to:

    • Overcome self judgement

    • Align action and intention

    • Empathize with diverse perspectives

  • Resilience - Adapting to a changing environments

    The improv philosophy of resilience will help you pivot with agility, bounce back quickly from disappointment, and maintain a bold and confident presence in the face of uncertainty.

    Learn how to:

    • Be responsive when put on the spot

    • Project confidence in the face of change

    • Support ideas that are not your own

    • Drop preconceived notions of what something is “supposed to be”

  • Innovation - Embrace change and confidently seek new ideas

    The fourth class in the program focuses on opening your mind to new ideas. You’ll learn how to embrace the new and a let go of the old.

    Learn how to:

    • Refine your point-of-view with inspiration from unlikely places

    • Rewire your brain to discover new ideas

    • Encourage and celebrate small contributions from your team

  • Practice - Put your new skills to use -- often.

    Practice is the last application in the program. This course will provide exercises and scenarios that are closer to situations you’ll encounter in your career.

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