Wed. Oct 18, 2023 6:30pm - 9:30pm EDT
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18 days away
$0.00 - $250.00
18 and Over
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WEDNESDAYS 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Rehearsal and performance of staged readings Thursdays December 7 and 14

This class will focus on the fundamentals of sketch writing, including idea generation, brainstorming, comic premises and sketch structure. Whether you’re a beginning writer, a seasoned writer looking to learn a new form, or just want to refocus your writing in an encouraging, collaborative atmosphere, this class is for you. Through class exercises and assignments, students will learn to write comedy sketches from beginning to end. We recommend brining a laptop or tablet to class but a notebook works too!

Special note: Classes will be on Wednesday evenings through November (No class on November 22). The class show on Thursday December 14 will feature staged readings of students' sketches performed by a cast of Arcade actors, who students will work with at a rehearsal the evening of Thursday December 7. 

Instructor: Frank McDade
8 weeks
First class: Wednesday October 18
No class: Wednesday November 22
Staged readings rehearsal: Thursday December 7 
Class show of staged readings: Thursday December 14


Arcade Comedy Theater classes are open to students 18 yrs or older. 

Arcade is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all of our patrons, students, and 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 accessibility requirements, please contact us at:

Any questions about classes, registration, internships, or prerequisites can be sent to the Arcade Academy (, or via phone at 412-339-0608.

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Arcade Comedy Theater: Downstairs 943 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
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