Arcade Academy


Frequently Asked Questions

Can anyone sign up?

Yes! The only requirement to enroll at the Arcade Academy is that you are at least 18 years of age.

I already have improv experience, do I need to start at Improv 101?

Yes, please. Start with Improv 101. Here’s why: each improv theater or troupe has its own philosophy and style — and so do we. In order to learn ours from start to finish, you should begin at the beginning. If you sign up for an advanced class without having taken earlier ones, we won’t be able to admit you to the class.

Do I have to audition?

Nope. No audition required. It’s possible you may see auditions advertised from time to time for upcoming shows happening at the Arcade but… that’s not this.

How much are classes and workshops?

The cost of our classes and workshops depend on what’s going on and how long it is. Most of our improv classes are $225 for eight weeks of training, plus many include a student performance. We’ve recently changed the way you register for classes, and now it’s all done safely and securely online through ShowClix.

Do you offer internships?

We do! We have a limited number of internships for eager, passionate, professional people who want to be a part of the Arcade team.  Interns receive reduced or free classes (with a refundable deposit) in exchange for volunteering at our theater. We expect you to be there quite a bit so be prepared! Haven’t scared you off yet? Good. You may have what it takes after all. Internships have to be approved first by our facilities manager. Whenever you register for a class, you can select the partial or full internship option. After that, we’ll contact you about scheduling your internships.

Are there student perks?

Heck yea! Along with your tuition comes free admission to most of our Arcade Comedy shows! Simply present the box office your Arcade Student ID card and obtain a ticket, then enjoy the show! Please note: students are welcome to any unsold seats. In the event of a sell-out you may be asked to give up your seat to a customer for a standing room spot. All shows subject to availability.

Who's teaching?

These fine people. Now keep in mind we do reserve the right to substitute or replace one of our expertly trained teachers for another of our expertly trained teachers with little or no prior notice. Things come up, you know?

If I take classes with you, can I get on an Arcade House Team?

Sorry, classes are not a guarantee of being on a house team at the Arcade. But it’s a good start. It’s where we will first look for talent for many of our shows. But no promises! Except our undying love. (what? too much?)

What if I have to miss class?

We want you. We need you. Class without you is… less awesome. That’s why we expect our students to make class a top priority. Now if you have to miss, please give your instructor a heads up and find out if a make-up class is available. Keep in mind that more then 2 absences in a term will require you to repeat the level.

What is your payment and refund policy?

Payment must be made at the time of enrollment in order to secure your spot in workshops and classes. All class and workshop registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.

I’m interested in a class that says “Sold Out”, should I sign up for another class or get on the waitlist?

This is totally up to you. If you’re on a waitlist and you decide to sign up for a different class, we’re unable to transfer that registration to the waitlist slot if space should open up. The good news is that you could sign up for BOTH and be a true rock star… but the bad news is that if you can only take one class, and you’ve already signed up for one, the next person on the wait list will get the open spot.

I have more questions, what should I do?

Panic! Or better yet, email us at with your specific question and we’ll get back to you right away. Or sooner.

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