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Musical Improv Intensive – Elective

Musical Improv Intensive – Elective
$295 (includes t-shirt and provided lunch on class days)
Meet 6:30pm-7:30pm Wed 8/3, 10:30am-4:00pm Thu 8/4-Sat 8/6, class show Saturday night)

Take your improv skills to the next level with Musical Improv!

The main goal of this intensive is to let you comfortably improvise and create music scenically without relying on math, formulas, or charts to bog you down. Put your trust in heart, emotion, your partner, and your gut! Time will be spent on music, and there will be an assumption of basic scenework and editing skills from the student.

About your teachers: Nest Theatre owners Tara DeFrancisco and Rance Rizzutto performed improv for over 15 years in Chicago, and travel the world teaching and performing (at last count pre-pandemic) in 80+ cities through 24+ countries! In addition to founding two beloved and thriving artistic community spaces (The Nest and The Improv Retreat), they tour as headliners all over the world in the hit “HERE the (improvised) Musical”, defrancisCo, and the adored Saturday night house team iO Chicago’s Chaos Theory. They are sought out for their breadth of professional skill, passion + compassion, ethical brave space design of creative homes, and their ability to instill fun into the process while symbiotically challenging students with high-level concepts. In addition to their lauded work *onstage* for iO Theater, Second City, and ComedySportz stages, Tara + Rance created curriculum in the main class levels of those schools, and solely designed the curriculum of the Advanced Summer Intensives at iO Chicago. Their musical experience, both from HERE, and larger groups like Baby Wants Candy and The DelTones, will be yours.

Pre-requisite: at least two levels of improv classes from anywhere. You should have the basics, and some focused learning on scenework.

The Nest is a registered Safe/Brave Space in the state of Ohio and we amplify underserved people in the arts, including BIPOC, LGBTIQ, PwD, those over 65, and Veterans.

Not sure which intensive is right for you? Take a look!

Summer Intensives 2022

*Discounts available for participants who choose multiple intensives. All must be purchased at the same time to receive discount*

Due to the ongoing COVID situation and the potential for out-of-state students, we are requiring all class participants to be vaccinated.

Pretty Flower Workshop 7/25 & 7/26

Pretty Flower Workshop 7:00pm-8:30pm 7/25 & 7/26
$65 total
1 ticket included in enrollment for a friend to attend the Experimental Show!

Pretty Flower (as popularized by Beer Shark Mice) is a specific form, and you’ll get to learn it! Based on a solidified group scene, the form then branches out into a multitude of scenes. Very open, yet very specific AND very fun!

[Pre-requisite: Level 3 or Longform Intensive at The Nest; The Nest is a registered Safe/Brave Space in the state of Ohio and we amplify underserved people in the arts, including BIPOC, LGBTIQ, PwD, those over 65, and Veterans.]

Students will perform in our Experimental Show 7/29 8pm (Nest mainstage)

Due to the ongoing COVID situation, we are requiring all class participants to be vaccinated.

The Stand-Up Clinic – Elective

The Stand-Up Clinic
$85 total – portion of proceeds to The Trevor Project
2 tickets included in enrollment for friends to attend the Share Show!

Ever wanted to try your hand at stand up, and shape a short act? The stand up clinic is here! Rooted in just two evenings of brainstorming, guidance, shaping + editing – we move you towards a friendly mic-share from first inspiration to a few curated jokes shared from your specific voice.

If you do the work, take the notes, and adapt you will have 5 minutes of material by the end of this that will have been both critiqued by the instructor and tested in front of an audience!

[No experience required; No Nest pre-requisite; The Nest is a registered Safe/Brave Space in the state of Ohio and we amplify underserved people in the arts, including BIPOC, LGBTIQ, PwD, those over 65, and Veterans.]

Mondays Jul 18, Aug 1 7-830 at The Nest Theatre studio classroom; Class Share Show Aug 11 7pm (Nest mainstage)

Due to the ongoing COVID situation, we are requiring all class participants to be vaccinated.