Events

The Harold: Level 1

The Harold: Level 1

Wednesdays – 8/19, 8/26, 9/2, 9/9 7pm – 8:30pm EDT
PRE-REQ: Must have completed Nest Level 4; or outside participant must have 50+ hours of similar training (iO, SC, UCB, PIT, Magnet, CSz, HUGE, Groundlings, Nursery or equivalent training center) – contact for approval if not listed.

Cost: All four weeks, $125

The Harold is the the original Chicago longform…form. It is complex, and takes a lot of practice, but once learned becomes the foundation for great improv, movies, TV and storytelling.

In Level 1 you will simply learn the mechanics. These basic parts of the form are important to master before digging into Level 2: The Organic Harold.

This class will be online. Pre-req: graduates of our Core Curriculum (or graduation of other similar program outside OH for virtual learning). You will need a smart phone, tablet or computer with microphone and cam to attend.
Please download Zoom before the first day of class.
 
On the place and the instructors:
Global instructors Tara DeFrancisco & Rance Rizzutto (co-founders) have been asked to teach in three outside institutions in Asia, Chicago & the UK during this Shelter-in-Place, and are bringing the joy home to share in Columbus and virtual friends – to those who need surrounding and continued education at this time. DeFrancisco & Rizzutto have taught professionally since 2003, with their performance careers beginning improv back in 1999, going pro as full time performing artists in 2002. They have performed over 6000 shows each in the mainstage and touring companies of iO Chicago, the illustrious Second City, and ComedySportz theatres; They have designed and implemented curriculum for each of those homes, and then designed and created the full curriculum for The Nest Theatre. They are known for their residency with Chaos Theory (the Saturday night house team of iO Chicago), work commercially in television/voiceovers, and have been brought as a duo to headline in 24 countries and 80 cities so far with their notorious show, “HERE, the (improvised) Musical”. The Nest Theatre is the only dedicated space to improv (short & long, musical, genre-based), sketch, experimental shows in central Ohio; The Nest & Nest Creative is home to 25 sold out Level One regular courses straight since 2016, and going strong. We have grown rapidly from 24 original students to over 500 performers and students (!) in our home, and 25 teams and shows running regularly in real time. The Nest is moving from their Broad Street location to the home of their dreams in Old North Columbus on High Street this winter. Our community is welcoming, hilarious, and this registered safe space in Ohio is hoping to keep their artistic space afloat during this time. All proceeds from class fees go straight to The CBus Improv notforprofit/#saveourstages, and shows are still live through quarantine for reference, all for free (with tip jar) on our page to students and public.

The Harold: Level 2

The Harold: Level 2

Mondays – 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16 7pm – 8:30pm EDT
PRE-REQ: Nest Harold Level 1

Cost: All four weeks, $125

The Harold is the the original Chicago longform…form. It is complex, and takes a lot of practice, but once learned becomes the foundation for great improv, movies, TV and storytelling.

In Level 2 you will learn the advanced mechanics and regimented group work. These parts of the form combined with Level 1 will give you what you need to move on to The Organic Harold.

This class will be online. You will need a smart phone, tablet or computer with microphone and cam to attend.
Please download Zoom before the first day of class.
 
On the place and the instructors:
Global instructors Tara DeFrancisco & Rance Rizzutto (co-founders) have been asked to teach in three outside institutions in Asia, Chicago & the UK during this Shelter-in-Place, and are bringing the joy home to share in Columbus and virtual friends – to those who need surrounding and continued education at this time. DeFrancisco & Rizzutto have taught professionally since 2003, with their performance careers beginning improv back in 1999, going pro as full time performing artists in 2002. They have performed over 6000 shows each in the mainstage and touring companies of iO Chicago, the illustrious Second City, and ComedySportz theatres; They have designed and implemented curriculum for each of those homes, and then designed and created the full curriculum for The Nest Theatre. They are known for their residency with Chaos Theory (the Saturday night house team of iO Chicago), work commercially in television/voiceovers, and have been brought as a duo to headline in 24 countries and 80 cities so far with their notorious show, “HERE, the (improvised) Musical”. The Nest Theatre is the only dedicated space to improv (short & long, musical, genre-based), sketch, experimental shows in central Ohio; The Nest & Nest Creative is home to 25 sold out Level One regular courses straight since 2016, and going strong. We have grown rapidly from 24 original students to over 500 performers and students (!) in our home, and 25 teams and shows running regularly in real time. The Nest is moving from their Broad Street location to the home of their dreams in Old North Columbus on High Street this winter. Our community is welcoming, hilarious, and this registered safe space in Ohio is hoping to keep their artistic space afloat during this time. All proceeds from class fees go straight to The CBus Improv notforprofit/#saveourstages, and shows are still live through quarantine for reference, all for free (with tip jar) on our page to students and public.

Musical Improv Playlist 9/29 9:30pm

September 29th 9:30pm $8 online*/ $10 at the door

The Musical Improv ensemble turns your suggestions into a longform improvised musical! You name the songs, they sing ’em! All of the singing is improvised, and all of the music is improvised on keys by David Schmoll!

Opening for Playlist with be improv duo DeMuth & Teeters!

*Only a small amount of tickets are available online. Online sales end at 6:30pm day of show. Walk-up door tickets and SRO tickets may still be available after that time.

Crave & Musical Improv Playlist 7/20 8:00pm

July 20th 8:00pm $8 online*/ $10 at the door

The Musical Improv ensemble turns your suggestions into a longform improvised musical! You name the songs, they sing ’em! All of the singing is improvised, and all of the music is improvised on keys by David Schmoll!

Opening for Playlist with be the Harold team CRAVE!

*Only a small amount of tickets are available online. Online sales end at 6:30pm day of show. Walk-up door tickets and SRO tickets may still be available after that time.

The Harold 6/29 8:00pm

June 29th 8:00pm $8 online*/ $10 at the door

The Harold is the world-famous signature form of iO Theater (Chicago). The owners of The Nest spent most of their improv journeys learning, performing, and teaching this form while they lived in Chicago.

Originally an idea of famed improv icon Del Close, The Harold was known as an impossible form that was done mostly as an exercise for performers. Slowly and surely this form became possible and is performed in some semblance or another all around the world. So much so that the backbone of the form has been used in a lot of writing for sitcoms as well.

Come be a part of the global experience! Come see The Nest Theatre’s Harold team, CRAVE, with opening duo Dr. & Mr.

*Only a small amount of tickets are available online. Online sales end at 6:30pm day of show. Walk-up door tickets and SRO tickets may still be available after that time.

Storyteller 5/25 8:00pm

May 25th 8:00pm $8 online*/ $10 at the door

Storyteller is a fun-filled show where your suggestions inspire TRUE stories from the cast. The improvisers then do scenes inspired by the stories! Always fun!

Opening for Storyteller will be Harold & Suzanne!

*Only a small amount of tickets are available online. Online sales end at 6:30pm day of show. Walk-up door tickets and SRO tickets may still be available after that time.

The Harold 5/5 10:00pm

May 5th 10pm $8 online*/ $10 at the door

The Harold is the world-famous signature form of iO Theater (Chicago). The owners of The Nest spent most of their improv journeys learning, performing, and teaching this form while they lived in Chicago.

Originally an idea of famed improv icon Del Close, The Harold was known as an impossible form that was done mostly as an exercise for performers. Slowly and surely this form became possible and is performed in some semblance or another all around the world. So much so that the backbone of the form has been used in a lot of writing for sitcoms as well.

Come be a part of the global experience! Come see The Nest Theatre’s Harold team, CRAVE, with opening duo The Wheeler Brothers.

*Only a small amount of tickets are available online. Online sales end at 6:30pm day of show. Walk-up door tickets and SRO tickets may still be available after that time.

The Harold 4/13 9:30pm

April 13th 9:30pm $8 online*/ $10 at the door

The Harold is the world-famous signature form of iO Theater (Chicago/Los Angeles). The owners of The Nest spent most of their improv journeys learning, performing, and teaching this form while they lived in Chicago.

Originally an idea of famed improv icon Del Close, The Harold was known as an impossible form that was done mostly as an exercise for performers. Slowly and surely this form became possible and is performed in some semblance or another all around the world. So much so that the backbone of the form has been used in a lot of writing for sitcoms as well.

Come be a part of the global experience! Come see The Nest Theatre’s Harold team, CRAVE, with opening duo Toni & Carolyn.

*Only a small amount of tickets are available online. Online sales end at 6:00pm day of show. Walk-up door tickets and SRO tickets may still be available after that time.

Storyteller 4/28 8:00pm

April 28th 8:00pm $8 online*/ $10 at the door

Storyteller is a fun-filled show where your suggestions inspire TRUE stories from the cast. The improvisers then do scenes inspired by the stories! Always fun!

Opening for Storyteller will be improv duo The Wheeler Brothers.

*Only a small amount of tickets are available online. Online sales end at 6:30pm day of show. Walk-up door tickets and SRO tickets may still be available after that time.

The Harold 3/9 9:30pm

March 9th 9:30pm $8 online*/ $10 at the door

The Harold is the world-famous signature form of iO Theater (Chicago/Los Angeles). The owners of The Nest spent most of their improv journeys learning, performing, and teaching this form while they lived in Chicago.

Originally an idea of famed improv icon Del Close, The Harold was known as an impossible form that was done mostly as an exercise for performers. Slowly and surely this form became possible and is performed in some semblance or another all around the world. So much so that the backbone of the form has been used in a lot of writing for sitcoms as well.

Come be a part of the global experience! Opening for The Harold team will be the Louder Than Last Time.

*Only a small amount of tickets are available online. Online sales end at 6:00pm day of show. Walk-up door tickets and SRO tickets may still be available after that time.