The Second City has announced the Bob Curry Fellowship offering actors of color a unique eight week mentoring and development opportunity that includes training in improv, sketch comedy writing and acting. The program is funded by The Second City’s Outreach & Diversity program and named for Second City alumnus Bob Curry, the first African American improviser to perform as a member of The Second City Mainstage in 1966.  "It's fantastic to see how far we've come as an institution since we started our Outreach program in 1992,” noted Andrew Alexander, CEO & executive producer of The Second City, Inc. “But the work is not done and I'm thrilled that our team has created such a valuable and intensive program of study that we can offer tuition free in the name of one of our treasured alumni who was a true trailblazer."  

The 2014 Fellowship class will work with acclaimed Second City directors and instructors including Matt Hovde (artistic director of The Second City Training Center; Jeff Award-winning Second City resident stage director), Anthony Leblanc (director for The Second City Touring Company), Dionna Griffin-Irons (director of Outreach & Diversity, Second City Alumni), Andy Eninger (The Second City Training Center - head of Writing Program) and Rachael Mason (The Second City Training Center - head of Advanced Improvisation). Actors of color who have completed a conservatory level improv program and have a degree in theater, or extensive stage experience are invited to audition on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by appointment only at The Second City Training Center.  Headshots can be submitted by e-mailing for consideration through February 5th. 

The Fellowship program begins Monday, March 24th with master classes starting Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at The Second City Training Center.  The program will culminate in a showcase performance at The Second City e.t.c. stage.

Marquee of Chicago's The Second City Theatre (photo courtesy of The Second City)..



The Second City Announces Bob Curry Fellowship for Actors of Color