The Second City’s Toronto Training Centre Expands With A New 8000 Square Foot Location
The Second City Training Centre Toronto is proud to announce a major expansion to the third floor of 99 Blue Jays Way, the home of The Second City Mainstage Theatre. Opening in Spring 2015, The Second City Training Centre will feature eight sparkling-new multi-media studios, an ultra cool lounge area with access to 50+ years of Second City’s hilarious archives, and a new home for The John Candy Box Theatre.
“The integration of our new training space with the theatre is very exciting as it allows for the kind of happy accidental meetings that often inspire new projects,” said Klaus Schuller, Producer and Executive Director of The Second City Toronto.
The Second City Training Centre Toronto is the largest school of improv and sketch comedy in the country with an annual enrollment of over 6,000 students. After expanding the training facilities just five years ago, the exponential growth of the Training Centre required another, even larger move. The new, specially-designed centre will be able to accommodate the demand for additional classes in the existing Adult, Youth and Teen programs, as well as brand new classes for all experience levels, including Stagecraft, Public Speaking, Stand Up and Improv for Anxiety. Training Centre instructors teaching the art of funny include Second City Mainstage alumni such as Adam Cawley, Rob Norman, Carly Heffernan, Leslie Seiler and Ashley Botting.
The 65-seat John Candy Box Theatre, named after the legendary Second City alumnus, will move to 99 Blue Jays Way as well, where it will continue to provide performance opportunities to students and emerging artists with state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment, and access to a bar and lounge – for the audience, of course!
Grand opening celebrations and media walkthroughs to be announced in early Spring. The design and construction of the new Training Centre will be managed by Williams Craig Design in Toronto.
About The Second City: The Second City, a 100% Canadian-owned company, is the world’s premier improv and sketch comedy theatre company, with resident stages in Chicago and Toronto, Training Centres in Chicago, Toronto and Los Angeles, as well as touring companies performing throughout the world. Their alumni list reads like a who’s who of North American comedy, as it includes: Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, Robert Klein, Peter Boyle, Harold Ramis, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, George Wendt, Martin Short, John Candy, Bonnie Hunt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Horatio Sanz, Ryan Stiles, Jack McBrayer, Tim Meadows, Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey and countless others.
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