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Steve Johnston

President & Managing Partner

Steve has spent the last twelve years at The Second City, and eight years prior within the software, film and new media, and advertising industries. Steve has exercised a commitment to new ventures and building from the ground-up.  During his tenure with Second City Works (the business arm of The Second City), Steve led the Toronto region, revenue operations, and new product development. As President of Second City Works he utilized the principles of improvisation to triple the business in the areas of creative services, corporate education, technology and entertainment.  In 2015, Steve was named Managing Partner of Second City Works, assuming overall P&L responsibility for the business.

Armed with an understanding of how to drive rapid growth, Steve now blends his 20+ years of experience as the President and Managing Partner of The Second City.  With the overall objective to lead the company’s portfolio of businesses towards their next phase of artistic and commercial success, Steve sees the role of The Second City talent as pivotal in this success. As a passionate believer in the transformative power of improvisation and the role of comedy to reveal truth and challenge thinking, Steve is energized to work with the amazing talent at The Second City.

Steve resides in Chicago with his wife Tina, his two daughters Emma and Kate and his bulldog, Rudy.