Free Improv Drop In Workshop
Sunday, March 31st from 2:30-4:30pm

Interested in taking an improv class but not sure you are ready to commit?
Second Beat is now offering a free intro to improv drop in workshop.
Instructed by: Laurie Shellenbarger
No registration needed

Invite your friends to our event!

2x2x2 Log Roll Improv Jam
2 randomly selected improvisers
2 teams go head to head
2 minutes each
Play multiple times with multiple people. 
Free to play.
Free to watch.
Free to have fun.

Every Second Saturday at 8:30pm
Net Show Saturday, March 9th 
Improv Triple Play

3 Teams improvise with a suggestion from the audience

Saturdays at 7pm
Tickets: $10 

Reserve your tickets
Third Wheel

In honor of Valentines Day (only a month late), Improv couples take to the stage and pull an audience members name out of the bucket to join them on stage. Come early to put your name in the bucket to possibly become the third wheel.

Date: Thursday, March 14th
Time: 7pm
Price: $5
Register for a class in 2019
Wednesday, April  10th from 6:30-9:30pm

In this class students will learn the fundamental tools necessary for improv. They will learn the benefits of working as an ensemble by building skills in collaboration, support, listening and saying yes to the possibilities of anything.

Register today!

Have a show idea you want to produce?

Friday nights are open for your programming desires. These shows are not limited to improv and can be anything ranging from stand up, music, sketch or whatever you would like to put up. 

If you have a show proposal put it together and submit it.
All submissions will be considered.

Submit your show idea
Solo workshop with Kim Porter
Every Sunday from 6:30-9:30pm
$15 per session

Do you need something meaningful to do between acting gigs? Do you have a story you are itching to tell? Let award-winning writer/performer Kim Porter help you make that happen at the Solo Workshop.

This workshop is designed to help participants generate new material, support projects already in development, and offer accountability in a relaxed and generous small group environment.

The Solo Workshop is designed to meet the participant where they are and is therefore ideal for both beginners and established writer-performers.

Because the Solo Workshop is employing an on-going, drop-in model for participation, artists can work at their own pace and budget.

For more information about the Solo Workshop contact Kim Porter at

Featured Performer: Rick Grove
Rick started improvising about 7.5 years ago. Some of his influences have been Jacque Arend, Sam Haldiman, Stacey Hanlon, Bob Fisher and the iO team Late 90's. He enjoys playing heightened characters by using his facial expressions and physicality. He also likes silent scenes, monoscenes and matching scenes but the Harold is his jam.
The best thing about improv is creating a piece with his friends that unfolds as you discover the realities/absurdities of that world. He also performs weekly at iO Chicago and if you are ever there to hit him up and he'll get you a comp.

Favorite quote/advice from a coach/instructor: 
 Build scenes line by line from the last thing that was said.

You can see Rick perform with:
Skewed News Hour every 3rd Friday
Displacers every 3rd Saturday
Featured team every second Saturday

Hearts on Fire

Cast: Anthony Reynolds, Billy Brandes, James Hoffmaster, Jeremy Schwarts, Michael Ziman and Stewart Gross

Google: What improv team takes audiences down a fast-paced, no holds barred, internet rabbit hole of scenes, characters and relationships all inspired by search questions?

One result found: Hearts on Fire.

Slack Jam

3 randomly selected improvisers
3 minutes each

Enjoy this fast paced jam.
Don't get comfortable sitting down. You'll be up again before you know it.

Every fourth Saturday at 8:30pm
Next Show Saturday. February 23rd

Skewed News Hour!

You pick the news we pick it apart

Every 3rd Friday at 7pm
Tickets: $7

Reserve your tickets
Improv Drop In
Mondays in April at 6:30pm

Cost: $10 each week
No registration needed. 
Work with different instructors each week.

Finished classes and looking for some extra improv reps without the commitment? These weekly workshops will run scenes and exercises to improve your improv skills. Instructors will be announced next month and online soon.

Intro to the Vertical Harold

Instructor: Laurie Shellenbarger and Camille Hartmetz
Date: Sunday, March 24th
Time: 2:30-5:30pm
Price: $25
Class size: 10

Check the website for more details and to register

Register today!
Satire for the web:
A comedy writing workshop

Instructor: Jeff Cardello
Date: Sunday, March 3rd
Time: 3-6pm
Price: $35
Class size: 7

Check the website for more details and to register

Register today!
Be a part of the experience.
Submit your team for the April schedule.

Submission form
Register your team for the Pigtails Tournament

Have a team and want a chance for some extra stage time or a group you have been wanting to play with and want to see if you have the chemistry to be the next big thing? 

Submit your team for the next round of Pigtails Tournament.

Thursday, April 4th three teams will compete for the audience vote. The winning team will be invited back to defend their title the following month. To submit enter your team information through our team availability form..

Submit your team
Shortform Speakeasy 
Featured Performer: Tillea Baltzell
Tillea started improvising 2 years ago. She started doing short form in Los Angeles with the Groundlings before finding long form at Second Beat. Tillea's comedic influences include Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett and the cast of Who's Line is it Anyways. Locally her biggest influence has been Jackie Rich. 
She enjoys long form but doesn't have any particular format that she prefers. Tillea has done a lot of acting but the thing she enjoys most about improv is not being scripted. She says going "off the cuff" is challenging and fun.

Favorite quote/advice from a coach/instructor:
Take risks!

You can see Tillea perform with:
Plunk every 1st Saturday
Featured team every second Saturday

Salmon Shane


Cast: Sam Haldiman and Shane Shannon

These two have been performing together for more than seven years. Their improv style is based heavily on the straight/absurd dynamic in the most unconventional way. They are always pushing the envelope on grounding their characters' worlds with the most ridiculous points of view.

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