All students have a profile where they can see their past and current classes and register online. If you have problems accessing your profile, contact the TC.
STUDENT HEADSHOT DAYS - Student headshot days with photographer Sally Blood return April 3-4. Each one-hour session includes a 45-minute photo shoot, touch-up makeup and a high resolution disc of all your edited shots. The cost is $200, a special deal for Training Center students. Reservations can be made by contacting the Training Center office at 312-664-3959.
Improv jams every Thursday night at 10pm! Check in at 4th floor reception for location.
Music Improv jams every Saturday at 4pm in the de Maat Studio Theater.
Performance opportunities are available for Training Center students and groups with our HouseCo teams every Saturday night in the de Maat Studio Theatre! Bring your student ID with you for free admission.
• Next at 7:30pm–Come see what you think of the latest original sketch material! Youth & Teen students may play the improv set at the end.
• Twisty at 9:00pm–Your improv group could be chosen to open for Twisty! If interested, contact Stephanie Case.
• Moxie at 10:30pm–Training Center students have a chance to play the improv set with Moxie at the end of the show!
Class Performances - The schedule of end-of-term performances are usually confirmed by the third week of a term. Class performances can be found here.
Filmmakers are invited to participate in Second City Shorts, a monthly short video contest from the folks at the Second City Network. Anyone can submit a video under two minutes in length, and winners are voted on by the public. Monthly winners compete at the end of the year for a cash prize!
The faculty improv jam Those Who Can't perform every Tuesday at 10:15pm in the deMaat Studio Theatre.
Sirens, the longest running all-women improv group in the country, offers a free workshop for our women students in Improv Level C and up on the second Sunday of each month. Participants will have a workshop with the group and then perform with the Sirens in an 8:00pm show in the de Maat Theater. Sign-up will be available here.
Join Bryan Bowden for a free stand-up open mic on Saturdays at 10pm in Room 405. To get a slot, please fill out this form by Friday at 2pm. Ranjit Souri also coordinates the free Sunday Morning Open Mic at 11am, and participants can request a slot beginning on Monday at noon through the Facebook group.
The Midnight Melt is a free live show at the de Maat Theater every Friday at Midnight. TC students and alums perform improv, sketch, stand-up, clowning and more each week. This is an opportunity for you to try out your material in front of an audience. To get a slot, email Andrew Thorp.
If a class is full, you can add yourself to the waiting list by continuing with the registration process. Students on the waiting list often get the first opportunity to enroll if additional classes are added or when the class is offered again.
IT'S BACK! Yes Yes Y'all: A Rap Workshop - After a two year break, our rap workshop is back! This class will give you the swagger to freestyle and write your own verses. We will focus on improvising rhymes, developing imagery and metaphor on the spot, and rapping from character perspectives. Available on Mondays at 4pm from March 31-April 21.
RETURNING! Duos - Joe Bill will help Duos find their voice, experiment with character and scene work to suit their approach, find dynamic shifts to serve a longer (25-30 minute) show and explore long-form formats. Available on Saturdays at 10am from March 29-April 19.
RETURNING! Tim O'Malley's Character Explosion - Stretch yourself to the max with Tim O'Malley's Character Explosion Workshop. A physical energy workshop that will push your body to the limit, and help you learn about the power in acting silly! Available on Thursdays at 4pm from April 3-24.
EXCLUSIVE! Writing with The Onion - Second City has partnered with The Onion to present this new program outlining The Onion's unique system of generating comedy ideas and stories. Learn how to create winning premises, essays and one-liners, but also find your unique comedy voice and learn to trust it to produce reliably successful humor writing. You'll work through The Onion's multi-step process in a workshop environment.
NEW! Improv F(orever) - For Improv A-E and IFA program graduates who want to keep working on exercises and games while having fun with other grads. Students can take this course as many times as they like. Available in Term 1 2014 on Sundays at 6pm. If your ensemble would like to stay together, we may be able to arrange a class time for you; contact Stephanie Case for more information.
If there is a class we don't offer that you would like, let us know!
We know many of our students are new to auditioning, so check out our audition guide for helpful information!
Graduates of the Conservatory and Music Improv programs are invited to audition for our House Ensembles. The next auditions are TBA. The sign-up link will be available on the House Ensembles information page. Auditions are held periodically throughout the year.
Conservatory - Auditions are held every term. Dates and prerequisites can be found on the Conservatory program info page. If you have not completed the prerequisite requirements at The Second City, please submit your information via this submission form and your approval to audition will be confirmed or another program will be recommended for you.
Music Improv program - Auditions are held generally every term but can change. Dates and prerequisites can be found on the Music Improv program info page.
Coached ensembles - These are a great opportunity for all A-E and IFA students. A number of ensembles will be created and coached by our fantastic faculty members. Each ensemble gets a multi-week run in the Skybox Theater on Thursday nights at 10:30pm. The next auditions are on Sunday, March 30. Sign-up for an audition time here .
Writing 6 shows - Students in Writing 5-6 are creating a stage revue and need performers. Auditions are generally held in week 7 or 8 of a term. Auditions are only open to TC students, and you must be available for rehearsal during the Writing 6 class time. Next auditions are TBA. Auditions sign-ups are available online.
Student Perks and More
Your student ID card is the key to free show tickets and discounts available only to Training Center students. Check out our Student Perks page for all of our current discounts available with your current Training Center ID card.
Volunteering is the easiest way for adult students to receive discounted tuition. Volunteers assist with high volume events at the Training Center or represent the Training Center at various events and locations around Chicago. To apply to be a volunteer (also known as the Second City Dream Team), please submit this form. Applicants should be or have previously been a Training Center student.
The Second City Training Center wants to hear about the cool stuff you are doing! If you have a major show or commercial coming up, had an article written about you, just had a video reach a huge number of hits or something else that means a lot to you, let us know and we will try to share it with the community. Click here to fill out the Student Spotlight form. We get a lot of responses so we may not be able to share every submission. If you have any questions, contact Andrew Thorp.