Hi! We’re Rance Rizzutto and Tara DeFrancisco, and we run a comedy and improvisational theatre in Columbus, Ohio! More details below the quick info.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Donate! We made it through the big hit of COVID and are holding on while things are still settling. We know everything is in flux and we want to thank those of you who have supported us and continue to do so. At the same time, we’re trying to keep our little theatre afloat. Here are the ways to help!
- Use the form on this page to donate
- Easily Venmo us @thenesttheatre
BONUS: in addition to your monetary donations, we are making advancements in our online content. Look for @thenesttheatre on your preferred social media and support with likes/follows/subscribes!
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 Improv, 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 with new location at 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.
After a little bit of a restart in 2021, boom…Omicron. Slowly but surely we’re facing adversity and pulling through with your continued help.