Julie Dumais Osborne

Vice President, Training Centers

As Vice President-Training Centers, Julie drives the strategic & artistic direction of The Second City’s Education department and Training Centers. She is responsible for the quality of the student experience from the point of registration onwards. This includes creative and pedagogical oversight of all Second City Training Centre locations (Toronto, Chicago, New York & Virtual) as well as curriculum development, class design, faculty training & support, student performances and special programming, fellowships and educational partnerships. Julie works closely with the Artistic Directors in each location to facilitate a cross-pollination of ideas & expertise and to ensure consistency and quality in all of the Training Centres’ activities. She also oversees the Student Success team and their work to support student growth, wellbeing and retention.

Prior to joining The Second City, Julie was the Artistic & Managing Director of Toronto’s critically-acclaimed Bad Dog Theatre Company for ten years. She is an award-winning director, improviser and educator. Previously, she spent nearly two decades working with the Canadian Improv Games in various roles including National Associate Artistic Director and Artistic Director of both Improv Camp & the Next Act Festival. She lives in Toronto with her pretty sweet little family.