The Second City Training Center welcomes adults from around the city and around the world to learn new skills, meet new friends and take advantage of Chicago’s rich comedy scene through their innovative educational program, Summer Adult Immersions. The dynamic improve workshop features four levels of Improvisation and Sketch Writing classes offered to adults 19 and up in week-long sessions over the course of the summer months.
The program aims to give students an overview of Second City’s trademark method of improvisation and exactly how they use it to create something from nothing. Participants are guided to dive into the principles, techniques and exercises that Second City actors typically use to generate characters and scenes in their work. Students may complete all four levels, or visit for a week or two during the 12 weeks of sessions. Tuition for the program includes a ticket to a Second City or UP Comedy Club show.
According to Kerry Sheehan, President of the Second City Training Centers and Education Program, the approach not only helps participants to hone skills for creativity on the stage but also has applications that can benefit us all. “The Second City Training Center offers adults a unique opportunity to take a crash course in the philosophies and methods that Second City uses to find, explore, and create material,” says Sheehan. “Whether you’re a business professional looking to improve your presentation skills or a student looking to meet new friends, these immersions are a great way for people of all levels to come together and have some fun, all while exploring the fundamentals of improv.”
The first session of this year’s Adult Immersions improve training begins Monday, June 1, and new sessions will continue every week for 12 weeks, ending August 28. Registration information and class descriptions are available at secondcity.com.
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Participants of The Second City's Adult Immersions Training Program this summer will learn the techniques that the company's actors use in improv performance with an eye toward being able to apply their training to their everyday lives (photo courtesy of The Second City Training City).