Saturday, March 2, 2013




Arcade Comedy Theater 811 Liberty AvenueYou've asked about it! You've been waiting for it!
You didn't know until just now how much you needed it!
Announcing Improv Classes at the Arcade Academy!


IMPROV ONE: The Basics

Arcade Comedy Theater is thrilled to announce its first class offering of IMPROV ONE starting the week of March 17th. This eight-week, three-hour class taught by Second City alum Kristy Nolen is open to everyone and appropriate for all levels of improv experience. Whether you are completely new to improvisation, or are a seasoned performer who wants to get back to basics, this class is for you. Students will learn: “Yes And” (agreement and extension), group mind, give and take, and basic environment and object work in a supportive, playful environment. The class culminates with a 30-minute “work-in-progress” showcase during week nine.

Day and time of classes will be determined by student interest and availability. Check out the online form, and stay tuned for the official schedule soon.
The cost of this class is $200 (with an early bird discount of $185 if you sign-up by March 6). Payment in full is required before classes begin; the Arcade accepts cash, check, or credit card. Payments can be made via PayPal, over the phone, or in person at our box office (Fridays and Saturdays, 7pm to midnight, or by appointment). Please call (412) 339-0608 for further registration details or to make a payment. We also have a limited number of internships available. Those interested should email us for more information. Additional FAQs about Arcade Academy, including policies and teacher bios, can be found on our website.

IMPROV WORKOUT: Intermediate & Advanced levels only

Prepare to strengthen those improv skills! The IMPROV WORKOUT is a weekly three-hour drop-in class for inspired, motivated performers who want to challenge themselves and advance their improv to a higher level. Personalized feedback and side-coaching is provided by an Arcade Academy instructor. A working understanding of improv vocabulary and fundamentals is prerequisite.
Stay for the IMPROV COOL-DOWN! The last 30 minutes of each class is set aside to discuss improv, share experiences, promote your shows, and socialize. 
The Workout schedule will be announced on our website soon. Sign-up is available starting each Monday and is open to the first 10 participants who email us requesting a spot. Cost is $10 (cash at the door or by credit card in advance).



Arcade Academy will be offering various one-day workshops throughout the year. We’re lining up amazing seminars taught by acclaimed improv experts from Austin, Chicago, New York and local talent from right here in Pittsburgh! We'll also be offering workshops in sketch writing, stand-up, and more!


Would your improv troupe benefit from extra rehearsals with a trained coach present? Do you want a new space and new teacher to help energize your members? The Arcade offers private coaching. E-mail us for rates and scheduling.


Our summer sessions begin June 1st! Here’s a sneak peek at some the classes we’ll be offering:
  • IMPROV TWO—Intermediate
  • Kids Improv
  • Teen Improv
  • Sketch Writing
  • Stand-Up Comedy
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