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Writing the Comedy Memoir

at The Second City Training Center - Old Town 230 W North Ave 4th Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Life is funny - so it's time to write that sh*t down. In this class, you will capture "the funny" from your memories. Rat out old lovers, bosses and brothers. Swear a lot - or a little. Learn to tell the truth on the page, and in the process, discover what matters most. Self-awareness, correct spelling and forgiveness are not required. Prerequisites: Open...

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$355

8 sessions

You Could "Uke"

at The Second City Training Center - Old Town 230 W North Ave 4th Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Take a 4-week journey exploring the rudiments of playing the ukelele. We will cover tuning, chord vocabulary and applied music theory which will have you breaking out all kinds of tunes in no time! We'll supply you with an arsenal of strums and easy licks. If you've played guitar before, the transition will be a snap with a handful of transposing tricks....

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$90

4 sessions

Technique for Unique Characters

at The Second City Training Center - Old Town 230 W North Ave 4th Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Rooted in this Spolin idea, this class deconstructs characters by examining the 24 major nonverbal communication codes displayed by every character - consciously or unconsciously. By learning these codes and learning how to manipulate them, students will learn a technique for creating characters ready to play. Prerequisite: Improv Level C or...

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$170

4 sessions

Radical Comedy: Straight White Men Welcomed

at The Second City Training Center - Old Town 230 W North Ave 4th Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60610

So, you want to do stand-up comedy, but you're not a bro... We got you! Radical Comedy covers what open mics are like in Chicago, proper mic etiquette, how to safely navigate your way through the sea of a whitewashed scene! This course will also discuss safe spaces, racism, misogyny, political correctness in the comedy scene, and how you can build...

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$170

4 sessions

Stand Up to Anxiety

at The Second City Training Center - Old Town 230 W North Ave 4th Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60610

This class is designed for people who are looking for ways to face feelings of discomfort and reduce avoidance behaviors in social, work/school, and family settings. Face performance anxiety and develop yourself as a solo comedic performer by writing and workshopping your own material. By understanding how earlier stand-up comics evolved, students...

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$325

8 sessions

Writing 4

at The Second City Training Center - Old Town 230 W North Ave 4th Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Creating Satire-Strengthen your own voice as a writer as you explore concepts of satire founded in historical or personal events. Gain new tools for rewriting your sketches to strengthen the point of view. This term includes special workshops in songwriting and working with actors.

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$375

8 sessions

That's Not Funny: Dramatic Improv

at The Second City Training Center - Old Town 230 W North Ave 4th Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60610

This 4-week workshop will focus on moments instead of laughs--they'll happen too, but only when we buckle down and take scene work seriously. Learn to love where you are. Comedy is a natural byproduct of serious scene work. Prerequisites: Improv Level C or equivalent experience

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$170

4 sessions

Music Improv 4

at The Second City Training Center - Old Town 230 W North Ave 4th Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Improve your musicianship and apply your existing improv skills to this heightened genre through short-form musical games and techniques. Prerequisites: Music Improv: 3 within 4 months of activity start

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$340

8 sessions

Writing 3

at The Second City Training Center - Old Town 230 W North Ave 4th Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Building Blocks of a Sketch Revue-Explore sketch structures that "break the rules", including blackouts and clothesline scenes. Expand your ability to collaborate with other writers as you learn the structure of a Second City sketch revue.g.

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$375

8 sessions

Writing 6

at The Second City Training Center - Old Town 230 W North Ave 4th Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Producing a Revue: Produce a Second City-style revue, from pre-production through closing night.

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$355

8 sessions

Writing 5

at The Second City Training Center - Old Town 230 W North Ave 4th Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Creating a Revue - Write and edit original material for a Second City-style revue. Writing 5 classes are open to a maximum of 8 students each. Prerequisites: Students must be approved for Writing 5-6 and will be assigned to a class. Anyone returning from hiatus wishing to enroll in Writing 5 should contact the Training Center no less than 4 weeks...

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$355

8 sessions

Solo Performance

at The Second City Training Center - Old Town 230 W North Ave 4th Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60610

From Improvised Characters to Complete Solo Scenes Students of the craft will create compelling characters by improvising with specific goals, then craft structurally sound, multi-layered scenes and monologues for their characters. In this process of development students will also focus on joke structure, timing, re-writing, and overall performance....

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$325

8 sessions

Writing 2

at The Second City Training Center - Old Town 230 W North Ave 4th Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Basic Sketch Structure-Practice pitching and writing basic sketch premises; explore point of view and discover how satire differs from parody; gain tools to revise and sharpen your sketch writing.

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$355

8 sessions

Scenic Improv 1

at The Second City Training Center - Old Town 230 W North Ave 4th Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Become a better improviser by concentrating on strong scene work. This course focuses on playing emotionally with your partner, using the environment, and progressing the action of a scene. Prerequisites:  Completion of Improv Level E IFA-2, or one year of improvisation training with office approval.

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$325

8 sessions

Voice and Speech

at The Second City Training Center - Old Town 230 W North Ave 4th Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60610

A fundamentals course designed to enhance your performance skills by developing an open, well-placed, well-supported speaking voice. Emphasis on the fundamentals of good stage speech, including a study of the International Phonetic Alphabet, vocal expression, projection and getting rid of your vocal regionalisms developing Standard American articu...

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$340

9 sessions

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