Session 1: January 5 — March 1 (Tuesdays 7-10pm)
Session 2: March 9 – May 10
Session 3: May 18 – July 26
Session 4: August 3 – October 4
Session 5: October 12 – December 13

Improv One: The Basics

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 on the eighth week.

Class offered in Sessions 1 – 5 | To be held Tuesdays 7pm-10pm at the Trust Arts Ed Center | Registration $200


Improv Two: Short Form

Building on previous concepts, IMPROV TWO focuses on short form improv. We’ll be delving into a variety of different performance games including: character-based games, option games, scenic games and story-telling games, concluding with the mechanics of putting the pieces together for a successful performance. Invite friends and family to a 45-minute show of improv games for our final week.

Prerequisite: Improv One or a first-level improv class | Class offered in Sessions 1 – 5 | Tuesdays 7-10pm at Trust Arts Ed Center | Registration $200


Improv Three: Scenes

In IMPROV THREE, the spotlight is on scene work, the building block of long form improv. Students will be exploring: dialogue, heightening, status, emotion, edits and delving deeper into object work and character, performing montages and “The Harold”. Staying truthful and reacting honestly is emphasized. IMPROV THREE’s long form improvised class show will be featured during the Arcade’s Sunday Night Bonus Stage, a show open to the public.

Prerequisite: Improv One & Two. | Class offered in Sessions 1 – 5 | Tuesdays 7-10pm at Trust Arts Ed Center | Registration $200



 Classes being offered again soon

Intro to Stand-Up Comedy

This stand-up class will provide you with lots of ideas, exercises and techniques to help develop your writing, performing and critique of your own unique stage performance. Not everyone is a ‘Late Show’ jokester, not every one is a loud, charismatic performer, some of you are story tellers – we’ll find out what best suits you on stage and in your writing process. You won’t learn how to write jokes for your cousin’s wedding, be the life of the party or make business presentations hilarious – but we can discover how YOU can be funny on stage and create a stand-up performance from your own personality and experiences, whether you’re pursuing stand-up comedy as a hobby or as a career.

Prerequisite: None. Taught by Aaron Kleiber. Class offered in Session 2. Registration $200 


Sing Yo Soul!: An Intro to Music Improv (Mini-Session)

As Madonna once taught us, “Music makes the people come together and makes the bourgeoisie and the rebels…” IMPROVISE! Take your scene work to another world, where all things sing! Students already familiar with the basic foundations of improvisation will learn to integrate the unique elements of musical theater into scene work and musicality into short form play, all while finding their inner rock-iviser. Class is four weeks long.

Taught by Missy Moreno. Prerequisite: any basic improv class. 

Improv for Teens

This class is designed to give teens the confidence and skills to perform improvisational comedy and will cover all of the basics of the art. We will also focus on performance with the goal of having a class show at the end of the eight week period. Whether your teen is completely new to performance and just wanting to try it out or whether he or she is already a high school star, they will love learning the basics of improv in a fun and relaxed environment. Think of it as summer camp, but funnier and without all the mud.

Appropriate for teens in grades 9-12. 


Intro to Sketch Comedy Writing

This class will focus on the very basics of sketch writing, including idea generation, brainstorming, comic premises and sketch structure. Whether you’re a beginning writer, a seasoned writer looking to learn a new form, or just want to refocus your writing in an encouraging, collaborative atmosphere, this class is for you. Through class exercises and assignments, students will learn to write comedy sketches from beginning to end. A notebook is required, because to learn to write, you have to write.

Taught by Larry Phillis. 

Improv for Youth

Have some fun hanging out with new people and learn the basics of improvisation. Whether it’s your first time on stage, or you’ve been taking dancing lessons since you were four, this youth-oriented improv theater class will be a great way to have fun and learn how to grow your imagination. Kids will learn improv games and exercises that emphasize team work, “Yes And,” cooperation, group play–oh, and lots of laughing.

Taught by Michael Hinzman. Appropriate for kids in grades 6-8. 


Arcade Comedy Theater offers monthly workshops taught by visiting performers and local professionals. For a list of what’s coming up, visit our workshop page.