Arcade Improv Auditions

General Auditions August 6-7, 2019

Pittsburgh’s “Best Spot for Live Comedy” is ready to meet you!

Arcade Comedy Theater is holding our annual improv auditions! Once a year, we have open auditions to find some new faces to join our house team program and be a part of Pittsburgh’s only non-profit comedy theater, located in the heart of downtown’s Cultural District. In order to register and secure your audition slot, please fill out the form below. Space is limited, so sign up now!


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If you’re unable to attend auditions, but would still like to be considered please still fill out the form.

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Arcade is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all of our performing artists. Our facilities at 943 Liberty Avenue are designed for wheelchair access both in our audience and on our stages. We also offer all-gender bathrooms and elevator access to all floors. If you have any questions or requests for accommodations, please contact our Improv Coordinator, Regina Connolly.

About the auditions

WHEN & WHERE: Auditions will take place at Arcade Comedy Theater, 943 Liberty Ave in downtown Pittsburgh, on:

  • Tuesday, August 6, 2019
  • Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Slots start at 6:30PM both evenings. Since weeknights can be unpredictable and we’ll be on a tight schedule, give yourself a little extra time to park. Limited street parking is available on Liberty & Penn, as well as some side streets. The Smithfield & Liberty Garage is close-by!

WHO CAN AUDITION? Auditions are open to anyone with improv comedy experience, education, or background. Yes, we are partial to those who have taken classes at Arcade Academy, learning our theater’s improv philosophies and curriculum, but we are open to casting anyone with a desire to be on a team with us. If you aren’t sure if your background/experience in improv is sufficient, or have any questions, just email us! The Arcade stage is an inclusive place. We value players of all ability, age, ethnicity, gender and gender expression, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

HOW DO I PREPARE? Fill out the audition form. Clear your schedule for callbacks, should we need to see you again. READ ABOUT OUR HOUSE TEAMS BELOW. Come in comfy clothes that you’re able to move in, and if you’d like, bring a water bottle. You don’t need to bring a headshot or resume

THE AUDITION: Plan to arrive at Arcade about 10 minutes before your scheduled slot. Auditions run one right after another, so if you arrive late, we may not be able to see you. Please arrive warmed-up and ready to go. There will be no formal, extensive warm-up with the group; we’ll get started with the improv right away. Come focused and ready to show us your A-game — but the most important thing is to relax and know that everyone in the room is rooting for you!

CALLBACKS: Callbacks are scheduled for the afternoon of

  • Saturday, August 10
  • Saturday, August 17

Slots start at noon both days. If we’re interested in seeing you at one of the two callback days, you’ll hear from us after General Auditions are completed. Each day will include short and long-form callbacks. Not being available for callbacks will definitely limit our ability to cast you on a team.

OTHER QUESTIONS? Feel free to email us with any other questions you may have. One last piece of advice: if you’re at all interested in being involved with the Arcade, come and audition! We’d love to get to know you.

About Arcade House Teams

Performing: House Teams perform on a rotating schedule at Bonus Stage, which occur every Sunday night and every other Thursday night– 2 shows per team, per month. Student teams perform once a month.Teams may have additional opportunities to perform based on interest, performance level, and availability.

Time Commitment: In addition to the time commitment of shows, all Arcade teams are expected to rehearse once a week (2-hour rehearsals). If you are placed on a team, the coach and players reach a consensus of the best day/time for a weekly rehearsal. Having a flexible schedule, with weeknight/weekend afternoon availability, is a huge plus! All performers and coaches are expected to treat their teams, rehearsals, and shows as priorities in their schedules. Low attendance, or perpetual lateness, could impact your membership on a team. Improv auditions occur annually, so house team members are expected to commit to at least one year of involvement. If you have questions or concerns about house team commitment, please let us know on your audition form.

Requirements: Maintain at least 75% attendance at rehearsals/shows. Act in accordance to Arcade’s policies as set out in The Platform, a document given to players before joining a team, which includes a theater-wide Policy Against Harassment. Team members compensate their (Arcade-assigned) coach at the rate of $5 per person, per rehearsal, whether they attend or not –dues are often collected monthly, in advance. Additionally, all team members are encouraged to continue their improv education, see shows, and consistently challenge themselves artistically.

Perks! House team members receive free admission to any regular show (anything marked $12), provided there are seats available. They also get 20% off of classes at Arcade, and first-dibs on workshops with limited availability. We also have a few private parties throughout the year, around the holidays and our anniversary, with food and drink, that are for our community only. Not to brag, but they often involve karaoke.