The new footprint will represent a significant expansion: Second City currently has 20,300 square feet of leased space inside Piper's Alley. The addition of the former movie-theater space adds an additional 25,000 square feet to the privately owned comedy theater.
Second City's announcement comes as its competitor,
In essence, the expansions, which are heavy on facilities for sudents, reflect a increased understanding that comedy students are not now just taking the occasional class, but are following curricula requiring more sophisticated technology and they are wanting to spend some of less-structured time at their host institution, much as they would at a university.
"This will give the opportunity for more student performances in front of audiences, resources to enhance their education, places to work and collaborate, and program-specific materials and technology in classrooms," said Second City CEO (and co-owner) Andrew Alexander.