Second City Teaches Improv to Students With Autism

When you think of The Second City, you might think big names, bright lights and loud, roaring laughter. But for the world-famous comedy company, sold-out shows are not all they have to offer. On a Friday evening, inside the theatre’s training center, several students trickle in for their weekly improvisational theatre class. This class, specifically, […]

Improv Comedy for the Young at Heart

Teri McEvoy has just been told she is better than a furry Prozac, and she couldn’t be happier. The veteran Chicago actor stands in the middle of a circle of silver-haired improv students still laughing over a shared joke and telling her what they’ve learned in the last hour. By “furry Prozac,” class member Cynthia […]

Improv Class Gives Grown-ups a much needed Play Date

Betsy Graham of Winnetka arrived half an hour late to class and on the verge of tears. “I’m so sorry I’m late,” she apologized, shakily pulling up a chair to join the group as instructor Lisa Bany-Winters handed her a plastic cup of red wine. “I’ve had the worst week, but I just kept thinking, […]