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Student Events

STUDENT HEADSHOT DAYS - Student headshot days with photographer Sally Blood return May 15-16. 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 Nick Johne for a free stand-up open mic on Saturdays at 9pm 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.


Special Classes and Workshops

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.

NEW! Developing Your Movie Idea: A Crash Course - In this two-day story workshop, Beth & Gar Hoover will demystify the process of developing a movie idea into a satisfying, feature-length screen narrative. Participants will be taken through a lively, step-by-step story development process in real-time, then watch the magic happen as the process is applied to their own ideas. Available May 8-9.

NEW! Music Direction 1: Improvisation - Learn the ins and outs of accompanying and collaborating with improvisational actors, including underscoring scenes, playing in film and TV genres, improvising songs in a variety of musical styles, and expanding your skills for varied types of improv shows. Intermediate piano skills required. Available Tuesdays 5-7pm beginning April 29.

SPECIAL GUEST! Finding Your Improv Voice with Holly Laurent - If you are thinking too much, playing the same stock characters or if its been feeling like work lately, this is for you. This 3-hour master class focuses on empowering your natural sense of play, exploring new territory, and fostering the voice that is uniquely yours. Improvising is at its best when you are confident, committed, and having a blast. Offered on Friday, June 6 for Conservatory students and graduates.

SPECIAL! The Business of Story: Writing for TV, Film, & Web - This 3-hour workshop will provide students with the much sought after information on how to take their material from conception to the few different avenues of selling, or having produced, their material. Offered on Saturday, June 15.

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. 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 on May 22-23. 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 TBA. 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 April 13-16 & 27. 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.