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Toronto’s Second City Hosting a Diversity Weekend

Canada’s award-winning improv and sketch comedy theatre company Second City is holding a Diversity Weekend this Saturday, April 30th through Monday, May 2nd. The Second City Outreach & Diversity program seeks talent including, but not limited to, those who identify as Asian-Pacific, Subcontinent Asian, Black, Hispanic, First Nations, Metis, Inuk or Middle Eastern.

The SC Training Centre in Toronto will feature workshops, professional development opportunities and performances for new voices in what the organization refers to as “underserved communities.”

This event will be hosted by Second City’s Directory of Diversity and Inclusion, Dionna Griffin-Irons, and features some of the 2015 Bob Curry Fellows of Toronto. Following this is DiverCity, SC’s monthly showcase at the John Candy Box Theatre “where comedy meets culture.”

Scheduled performances include comedy trio Black Irish, a mix of sketch and improv by Impoverables, The Social Capital Theatre's diverse house troupe Fusion, Sharjil Rasool's El Wasteland, rising sketch troupe Fomosapiens, all-Asian sketch troupe Asiansploitation and The 2015 Bob Curry Fellows.

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Second City will offer two free workshops at the Training Centre in Toronto on Sunday, May 1: Intro to Sketch Writing, in which participants will learn the fundamentals of character development and scene structure, and the Audition Workshop, which will offer tips and tricks for those hoping to land roles on stage and screen.

On Monday, May 2, Second City Toronto will hold auditions for the Emerging Voices Scholarship supported by SC and NBC Universal. The recipient will be awarded one year of advanced improvisation or sketch writing training at The Second City Training Centre in Toronto. Please submit and headshot and resume to be included, and fill out the Second City NBC Universal Emerging Voices Scholarship located here.

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Second City is a 100% Canadian-owned company with resident stages in Toronto and Chicago; training centers in Toronto, Chicago and Los Angele,; and touring companies performing throughout the world. SC alumni include the late Ghostbuster Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, the late John Candy, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Elaine May and many more famous names of stage, television, and film.

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