A Little History
Originally founded under the name Second Stage Improv, After School Special began in 2017 by MSU students Grant Cleaveland and Brandon Drap. Led by Second City alumni and Department of Theatre faculty, Sarah Hendrickson, our team has grown considerably over the years: both artistically and in size. After School Special 's mission is to provide a place for performers to practice the craft of improvisation and elevate their performance to a professional level. The team has had many in-house performances in MSU Auditorium's Studio 60, as well performing at MSU Science Fest, The Riverwalk Beer and Wine Festival, and a variety of workshops around the Greater Lansing area.
After School Special is a subsidiary group of Second Stage Productions, a student lead organization in affiliation with the MSU's Department of Theater. Second Stage Productions puts on a variety of high-octane, creatively inspired shows each semester. For more information about Second Stage Productions, please visit their Instagram @secondstagemsu.
After School Special is an auditioned team which rehearses twice a week. Many cast members, though not exclusively, are Theatre majors who utilize the craft of improv to develop skills useful in acting and comedy. Others wish to pursue comedy professionally with interest in film and sketch writing. A.S.S. strives to to develop new games and concepts furthering the art form. A.S.S. is also passionate about community outreach and the function of comedy as social change.