Arcade Academy

What students are saying:

“Creative approaches to the zoom performance window, and prepared practical tips in a few different categories.”

“I left the workshop feeling in a much better mood than when I came in, and I had a lot of fun and laughs during it as well.”

“I enjoyed [learning about] a different element to improv that we haven’t had to think about on our own before. I also enjoyed speaking about how space, movement and shape can impact the scene and your character in the format of Zoom.”

Online Comedy Workshops

Try new ways of performing comedy with interactive, online comedy workshops in improv and writing!

Get Cooking with Deena Nyer Mendlowitz

Tuesday, December 8, 6-8PM ET

What can cooking shows teach us about improvising? Improvisor and food television enthusiast Deena Nyer Mendlowitz will share her Unified Cooking Show Theory of Improv and illustrate its lessons through targeted exercises and scene work that will get you out of your head and into your joy while reminding you, you already have all the ingredients you need to crush it on the stage.

Instructor: Deena Nyer Mendlowitz
Registration: $25

Prerequisites: Basic improv experience. Please contact our Academy Director Robin Hitchcock at if you are unsure you meet the requirements. 

Headshot photo of DeenaABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Deena has been improvising and teaching improv for over 15 years. She trained at The Second City Cleveland and at both The Second City and Annoyance Theater in Chicago. Deena is the creator of This Improvised Life, a part improvised, part written story-telling hour and Mental Illness and Friends!, A Live Comedy Talk Show. She is also the co-founder of Mass Hysteria Improv Comedy Fest, a comedy fest run by women, for everyone. Deena was recently named one of Ohio’s funniest women by and was also honored as a CJN Difference Maker for the work she has done using comedy to promote mental health awareness and to destigmatize mental illness.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS: Participants will need access to a computer with a stable internet connection. The workshop will be conducted over Zoom, which requires creating a free account.


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.