Friday, July 27, 2012

Student Spotlight Podcast with Ted Waltmire and Nancy Fast!

Listen in to one of our favorite interviews yet! Ted Waltmire visits Nancy Fast and discusses his experiences at the Training Center, recovering from a stroke and his upcoming show! Truly inspiring stuff.

Click here for more info or to buy tickets to Ted's show in The Donny's Skybox.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Tribune Lists Tawny Newsome as One to Watch

Tawny Newsome, cast member of The Second City e.t.c. and currently performing in We're All in This Room Together, has been included in Chicago Tribune's Hot New Faces to Watch in Chicago Theater. The annual list, compiled by Chief Theater Critic Chris Jones, includes the most promising young talent in Chicago. Click here for the full list.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Improv Extravaganza Explosion Featured in Time Out Chicago Kids!

Our new kids show, Improv Extravaganza Explosion, received the feature treatment from Time Out Chicago Comedy Editor, Jason Heidemann, in the August/September issue of Time Out Chicago Kids. He writes, "In a show of ecstatic enthusiasm normally reserved for a Justin Bieber concert, the kids at the UP Comedy Club lose their minds." To keep reading, check out the full article here.

Student Headshot Day – August 17th and 18th

The Second City Training Center will be offering a discounted Headshot Day for students on August 17th and 18th (9am-5pm) with guest artist Sally Blood( Sessions are 1 hour long and include a 15-minute corrective make-up session and 45-minute shoot. Each session is $200 ($75 deposit needed on day of reservation). Participants receive access to all unedited photos via a photo share gallery and can include touched-up, full-color proofs for an additional $25 each, to be arranged directly with the photographer. Reproductions are not included at this time, although there will be information on-hand for slightly discounted reproductions. Email Andrew Thorp at with any questions or time requests.

Congratulations, Emmy Nominees!

Congratulations to Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello, Tina Fey, Jeff Garlin, Shelly Gossman, Peter Gwinn, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Patrick O'Brien, Amy Poehler, Tom Purcell and Jeff Richmond on their 2012 Primetime Emmy Nominations! The 64th Annual Primetime Emmys will be awarded on Sunday, September 23 on ABC. Click here for a complete list of nominees.

Lyric Opera and Second City Announce Collaboration

We're thrilled to announce that The Second City is partnering with Lyric Opera of Chicago on The Second City Guide to the Opera, an all new show debuting at the Civic Opera House on Saturday, January 5, at 8:00p featuring Renee Fleming. Tickets go on sale July 18 for Lyric subscribers. General public tickets go on sale August 1. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Student Spotlight with Nancy Fast and Ian Abramson

Nancy Fast interviews student, Dream Team volunteer, and co-host of The Midnight Melt - Ian Abramson! Listen in as Ian shares info about his improv group Jamonella, his web-series 'Talent Scouts Honor', and which comedian he would like to be stuck with on a deserted island.

Listen to the Podcast!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Making it in LA - Free Lecture and Q&A

Thursday July 26 6-8pm
John Candy Box Theatre

Have you considered moving to LA to pursue your acting career, but didn't know where to start and what to expect once you get down there? This lecture will discuss the ins and outs of moving to LA as a professional actor. It will dispel the myths about LA and provide useful information about how to get started in Hollywood.


Please reserve a seat with Allana in advance, limited space is available.

FREE for Second City Students and Grads. $10 for non Second City Students.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Win a free class from IFC's BUNK

The Second City Training Center is one of a number of improv schools around the country to offer a free class to social media followers of the IFC comedy show BUNK. Each Friday night after BUNK airs, they will post a challenge on their Twitter feed, and the lucky winners receive a voucher to use for a class. Check out their website for the details.

Also, don't forget to follow the Chicago Training Center on Twitter @SecondCityChiTC and Second City Hollywood @SecondCityLA

Monday, July 9, 2012

Timeout Deems Second City Faculty Member Dean Evans, "Performer of the Week"

Dean Evans is in the spotlight again with his latest show "Honeybuns." Check out the Timeout Chicago interview.