Arcade Academy



Arcade Comedy Theater offers workshops for beginner and advanced improvisers on a variety of subjects, inspiring performers to continue their education and approach the art of improv from different directions. Workshops have been taught by nationally-known improvisers and instructors, including Kevin McDonald, Laura Hall, Rick Hall, Jimmy Carrane, Paul Grondy, Maribeth Monroe, Jaime Moyer, Rob Belushi, Tim Stoltenberg, Susan Messing, Rachel Mason and more.


Workshop Schedule



Speaking in Your Own Voice

Improv on stage can be freeing, we can find realms and characters that are far away from the everyday and allow us to to experiment with the outrageous.  But sometimes the greater risk is playing ourselves, speaking and responding in our own voices. In this workshop, we will look to pare back what is possible, to what is believable–so that our scenes are recognizable to ourselves and our audiences as the world that we actually inhabit everyday.  We will still inhabit character, but we will view it in terms of attitude, emotional state, subtext and want, so that our characters are grounded and come from within an authentic place. Part of our job is to show what’s possible, and part of our job is to live life on stage–so we will be focusing on finding that. When we can do it, we can take our audience even further into the weird, dark, psychotic underbelly of our narcissistic need! Like hostages.

Saturday, June 9

11:30AM – 2:00PM
Registration $50 ($40 before 6/1)


Originally from Chicago, Rob began his career in the Chicago improv and theater scene,  most notably as an alum of the famed Second City, and at the Steppenwolf Theater. He has taught improv for ten years at Second City and  continues to headline festivals with  his two-man groups, Sheldon and Courtesy Shuttle. Rob was memorable in twenty spots for the Gatorade “Sweat-It-To-Get-It”  campaign opposite NFL stars Peyton and Eli Manning,  Cam Newton and JJ Watt. His TV credits include recurring roles on BALLERS (HBO), CHICAGO PD (NBC), THE MENTALIST (CBS), AGENTS OF SHIELD (ABC), HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (CBS), THE GOODWIN GAMES (FOX), THE DEFENDERS (CBS), PIE GUYS (COMEDY CENTRAL DIGITAL). Rob graduated with an Honors B.A. in Film Studies from Wesleyan University (CT) and is a School at Steppenwolf alum. Look for him as “Jack” on ABC Digital’s THE OFF SEASON, the new Buick “More Kids” commercial or in DYLAN, the award winning short thriller he wrote and produced, as it hits festivals nationwide.