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

  • Dec 22: Brooklyn Comedy Collective’s Philip Markle
  • Every Third Thursday: Improv Pop-Up Night



Free Your Mind: Improv Workshop

This starts with our core belief that loving the hell out of whatever is happening onstage is the key to strong, successful scenes. Participants will learn that there is no right or wrong way to improvise – only a weak or strong way – and that you become powerful as a performer by embracing your mistakes and failing gloriously. This workshop pairs this sense of artistic freedom with a focus on jumping in with a strong point of view, creating organically as an ensemble, and to confidently navigate the vocabulary and concepts that make-up long-form scenic improv. Free Your Mind culminates in specific, personal notes to challenge each students’ artistic roadblocks.

Prerequisite: Improv 101


Philip has performed and produced in hundreds of shows and taught students of acting and improv internationally, from Berlin to Bali. Philip graduated from Northwestern University and trained in Chicago at The Annoyance, iO, and Second City. He moved to NYC in 2013 to launch the theatre and training center of The Annoyance Theater NY, where he acted as its Executive Director until Fall 2016. He is now the Founder and Artistic Director of The Brooklyn Comedy Collective, where he currently teaches and performs. Performance highlights include musically improvising with Baby Wants Candy in Chicago and BLANK: The Musical Off-Broadway in NY and his national-touring musical improv show Happy Karaoke Fun Time. As a storyteller, he has performed at The Moth and The Paper Machete.

Saturday, Dec 22

2PM – 5PM
$50 before 12/10
$60 Regular Price