Martin de Maat

Martin de Maat, longtime artistic director of the Second City Training Center & Studio, Hollywood, died Feb. 15 in New York of complications from pneumonia. He was 52.

A veteran improvisational teacher, de Maat is credited with introducing thousands of students to the art of improvisation.

De Maat began studying improv at age 9 under Viola Spolin. He started teaching classes at the Second City as a teenager. He then went on to instruct master classes at various venues. Some of his commercial clients included Warner Bros., the Movie Channel and the Children’s Workshop’s “Sesame Street.”

Aside from teaching, de Maat freelanced as a designer and design consultant for various New York film and theater productions.

Services will be held March 10 at 4:30 p.m. at the Second City Studio Theatre, 8156 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. A similar event was held Feb. 25 in Chicago, and another is planned for New York.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations in his memory be made to Rivington House, 45 Rivington St., New York, NY 10002.

He is survived a sister, a brother and an aunt.

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