Submissions are now being accepted for our brand new Directing Program!
The Second City Directing Program is a focused study of directing improv and revue comedy. A small group (an average of six) are selected for this advanced program for students who are already interested in Second City-style shows and becoming a Second City director. The purpose of the program is to mentor potential directors in the skills and best practices of a professional Second City director
By the end of the program, participants can be expected to be familiar with the following:
- Show Creation and Material Generation
- The Second City RO
- Keys to editing/revising
- Theme development
- The most common Second City Improv Set forms
- The most common short form games used at SC
- Customized Accelerated Writing Class (W1-W4 in 8 weeks)
- Second City History and Archives
- Working with archive scenes
- Watching past and current SC Shows and projects
- SC’s origins and evolution
- Dissection and understanding of SC show types and projects
- Directing Tools and Soft Skills
- How to rehearse and put up a show
- Time management and “running a room” best practices
- Being a head writer/Editor
- Giving Notes
- Working with designers
- Business of directing
Through labs and hands-on learning, participants will also:
- Be considered for AD placements with Main Stage and Touring Companies, Writing 6, Conservatory Graduation shows
- Be assigned a working SC director as a mentor for the duration of the program with semi-regular set check-ins and others as requested by participants
- Watch archive shows with a post discussion and breakdown with special guests that were involved in the project when possible
- Get experience directing actors and each other in lab/class
- Direct a 25-minute archive show
- Direct an original one-act (60 mins or less) sketch revue
Directing Program courses meet once-weekly. For the 2020 program, these will meet on Sundays from 3 – 6pm starting January 5th until June 14th.
Interested participants are required to apply for a spot in the program. The online application process includes submitting a resume, two letters of recommendation, a cover letter, and optional portfolio materials (promotional materials, press, digital work samples, video work samples). Click here for the 2020 application.
Tuition for the 2019-20 program is $2750. Scholarships and payment plans are available.
Auditions for our Sketch Conservatory program will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 10:00am – 5:00pm. To be considered for an audition, please fill out the Conservatory Submission Form. Your resume should include any relevant improv training and/or performance experience. You do not need to have a professional headshot. A photo that looks like you is great!
Submissions are due by Friday, February 14, 2020.
Submissions for Writing 5: From Pen to Performance are now being accepted! If interested in applying, please email your performance resume and/or a written sketch to Amirah Islam at firstname.lastname@example.org. This class is open to Conservatory graduates and Writing 4 students.
There is a weekly show included with this course.