Hi! We’re Rance Rizzutto and Tara DeFrancisco, and we run a comedy and improvisational theatre in Columbus, Ohio!
STATE OF THE NEST:
We are so, so very happy you are interested in our journey and growth as a dedicated home for improvisation. Some of you may know us – but in case you don’t, HELLO! We are professional performers and two of the most touring teachers in the world for this artform we love so much. Individually, we have played over 3000 improv shows, and over 1200 of those have been together. Between us, we have toured over 20 countries teaching and performing improv as the headliners with HERE, our acclaimed two-person musical improv play, as well as worked on staff at iO Chicago, Second City, and ComedySportz theatres.
Columbus has a unique voice and incredible community that we know well, and that is what brought us here 2016…in addition to Tara coming back home to her Columbus roots!
Since our first show on 11/5/2016 we’ve had an uphill climb that we couldn’t have done without phenomenal support from people like you…great performers and great audiences. We had already been in three spaces in our first year due to some fairly crazy circumstances. Luckily, we found 894 W Broad St, which was our solid home for a long time. We have always had Clintonville as our ideal location for the theatre and in early 2020 that became a possibility, so we jumped on it! Our new location is set to be 2643 N High St. We knew we would need to be out of Broad St before May, and we knew we would need to do some construction on the new space before opening.
But we didn’t know about how quickly the world would change in March 2020.
IMPROV IS THE ABILITY TO ADAPT:
We’ve certainly had to do that. All of our plans have become fluid. While we’re all practicing safe social distancing, and waiting for an actual chance to gather again, we’ve been able to bring live online shows to the community. And classes as well! So, now we ride the line between taking care of our home, and taking care of you, our wonderful community.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Donate! We know everything is in flux and we want to keep you positive and provide creative outlets/distractions during uncertain times. At the same time, we’re trying to keep our little theatre afloat. We’ve made the choice not to set tickets for our shows because we know that you have our backs. If you’re able to, please donate using this form. We look forward to seeing everyone in person as soon as possible, but we’re also not willing to risk your well-being by rushing it. Slow and steady. Thank you for your time and your continued support!