Teaching Pittsburgh Comedy for over 10 years!

About our Workshops

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.  

APRIL 2024 WORKSHOP

Arcade Comedy Theater welcomes Toronto-based award-winning comedian, Canadian academy award-nominated actress, writer, producer, entertainer and vagabond, Aliya Kanani to Pittsburgh, April 12-14, 2024.

While here, Aliya will perform her award-winning, one-woman show, “Where You FROM, From?” and teach a two-part workshop for local Pittsburgh Artists who want to develop their own one-person shows.

ALIYA KANANI

From Script to Stage: The One Person Show

From Script to Stage with Aliya Kanani is an exciting set of workshops that will allow you to explore, plan, and create your own one-person show! Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced artist, these workshops are designed to help you explore your creativity and learn new techniques. From honing in on your artistry, to finding your voice, to getting your work on stage and learning about festivals, Aliya will guide you, sharing her experience.

COURSE OUTLINE:
DAY 1: THE BIG PICTURE + WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SAY?
What is a one-person show?
Why write/perform one and what you can do with it.
Finding your voice/story.
Why do you want to tell this story?
How to get started.

DAY 2: HOW DO YOU WANT TO SAY IT? + HOW TO GET IT SEEN
Story structure, hero’s journey.
Themes and elements of a live show.
Putting it on stage.
Finding and audience.
Funding/grants.
Touring.

    Workshop April 13-14

    Registration is $100
    (Early Bird Price $75 until 4/7)
    Two-day workshop
    Noon-2:30 PM each day
    Ages 18+

    About the Instructor

    ALIYA KANANI

    Aliya Kanani is a Toronto-based award-winning comedian, Canadian academy award-nominated actress, writer, producer, entertainer and vagabond, known for her playful and mischievous personality.

    As a standup comedian, Aliya has enjoyed performing on major stages around the world. Her first solo show debuted with sold out shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Aliya then went on  to sell out the complete run of her show at the Just for Laughs Festival in the same year! She continued to tour her show internationally, including sell out shows at Fringe World festival in Perth, Sydney Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Fringe.

    Her one-woman show ‘Where You From, From?’ recently won Best of Fest for Ottawa Fringe Festival and Patron’s Pick at Toronto Fringe. She is currently set off to tour the show around North America, while simultaneously working on her new solo show “Aliya Kanani is a Work in Progress” in Australia.

    Aliya was elated to be nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role with the Canadian academy awards for her role as Ms. Hina in the Best Motion Picture film Scarborough. She has since had 2 other films premiere in TIFF, making it to the world-renowned film festival 3 years in a row!

    After creating her first web-series, ‘Juicy’, Aliya has since written for the sketch comedy TV show ‘Abroad’ and was a finalist in the Just for Laughs script competition ‘Standup and Pitch’ for her comedy variety series, ‘HYPE’.

    Aliya still brags that her greatest accomplishment is the time she made a man throw up from laughing too hard… and insists on keeping it in her bio. There you have it.