Events

The Nestival ONLINE 5/1 8pm: 4 Performances!

The Nest Theatre is proud to present The Nestival ONLINE, a festival celebrating all disciplines of our artform – improv (long, short, medium, dramatic, comedic, musical, and experimental), sketch comedy, live lit, and experimental theatre – right in Columbus!

This certainly is not how we planned to do this, but LET’S ADAPT!

May 1st 8pm Start Time ONLINE

Finch (longform) – CBus, OH
RSVP Improv (longform) – Cleveland, OH
MBI Improv (longform) – Madison, WI
Fine & Dandy (duo reunion show) – CBus & NYC 

These performances will be LIVE on our Facebook page. (Click this at time and date of the show)

These performances are presented gratis, but we would really appreciate your donations to keep our theatre afloat.

Ways to donate:
1) go right here to our Donate Page
2) find us on Venmo @thenesttheatre
3) purchase a “Ticket” for this event*

Additional ways to help:
Whether you are able to donate or not, these are some big ways to help out during COVID times.
1) Are you watching the show on facebook? Share it as a public post on your wall (not a Watch Party**)! Follow us!
2) Are you on YouTube? So are we! Please find us on YouTube and subscribe!
3) Are you on Twitch? So are we! Please find us on Twitch and follow us!

*There will be no code or confirmation. This “Ticket” is just an expedited way to monetarily support The Nest.
**If you start a Watch Party we can’t see those people, and we go to the Comments for suggestions, so your friends would be missing out!

Thank you for your continued support. We hope to continually be able to brighten up your weekends during these darker days.

The Nestival ONLINE 5/2 7pm: 6 Performances!

The Nest Theatre is proud to present The Nestival ONLINE, a festival celebrating all disciplines of our artform – improv (long, short, medium, dramatic, comedic, musical, and experimental), sketch comedy, live lit, and experimental theatre – right in Columbus!

This certainly is not how we planned to do this, but LET’S ADAPT!

May 2nd 7pm Start Time ONLINE

ComedySportz CBus + guests (shortform, all ages) – various cities
2 comedic songs by Ross ChildsChicago, IL
Yes Ma’am – mediumform – Madison, WI
Kentucky Bill (stylized duoprov) – Louisville, KY
Magic & Fun from Chicago Magic Lounge’s John SturkChicago, IL
The Nest’s “STORYBORED” with guest Lyndsay Hailey (Magic Mike Las Vegas, iO Chicago’s The Deltones, The Improv Retreat) – Los Angeles, CA

These performances will be LIVE on our Facebook page. (Click this at time and date of the show)

These performances are presented gratis, but we would really appreciate your donations to keep our theatre afloat.

Ways to donate:
1) go right here to our Donate Page
2) find us on Venmo @thenesttheatre
3) purchase a “Ticket” for this event*

Additional ways to help:
Whether you are able to donate or not, these are some big ways to help out during COVID times.
1) Are you watching the show on facebook? Share it as a public post on your wall (not a Watch Party**)! Follow us!
2) Are you on YouTube? So are we! Please find us on YouTube and subscribe!
3) Are you on Twitch? So are we! Please find us on Twitch and follow us!

*There will be no code or confirmation. This “Ticket” is just an expedited way to monetarily support The Nest.
**If you start a Watch Party we can’t see those people, and we go to the Comments for suggestions, so your friends would be missing out!

Thank you for your continued support. We hope to continually be able to brighten up your weekends during these darker days.

The Sampler: A Taste of Improv 7/6 7:00pm

The Sampler: A Taste of Improv 7/6 7-8:00pm
$15

Keep hearing how great improvisation techniques are for communication, play, and general happiness? Stick your toe in the water with this short & sweet workshop! We’ll give you the overview, why it works, and play some classic games to give you a sample of why our world is so fun. Beginners only!

Great for a gift for someone you love, great for an improviser’s curious friends who see shows and would like to try it, and great for yourself for a little self-care. Think you’d like it but just a tad nervous? This is 1-hour of fun and zero pressure taught by professional performers and global trainers at our happy home.

This is an ONLINE class via Zoom. Please make sure you have the app installed on your device before the class day.

Improv FUNdamentals: Virtual Class for Beginners

Improv FUNdamentals: An interactive workshop series!

Mondays – 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10 7pm – 8:30pm EDT

Cost: All four weeks, $125

We have heard the call – and we are ready! The Nest | CBus Improv Theatre is bringing you a supplemental class – “Improv FUNdamentals: Workshop for Beginners” during this time! This four week series will be held virtually and focus on the positive tenets of improvisational training that zoom-in on connection, listening, collaboration, and PLAY! Especially recommended for those that are brand new to improv (so don’t be scared if you’ve never tried it – this is definitely for you!), and also conducive to students and performers that are in need of exercise and connection at this time with other like-minded adults. We guarantee life-applicable lessons, thought exercises, and most of all – FUN. This virtual class is four weeks long, and is still somehow physical & engaging. For participants ages 18 to 108. 🙂

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 Chicago & the UK during this Shelter-in-Place, and are bringing the joy home to share in Columbus to those who need surrounding 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 21 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 fall. 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, and shows are still live through quarantine for reference, all for free on our page, to students and public.
[Editor’s Note: This does not replace our challenging in-person Level 1 Curriculum, BUT anyone that takes this course will receive a significant discount to join our next on site Level 1 once we are permitted to gather.]

Class: Scenework | Dynamics, Truth, and Discovery

Scenework | Dynamics, Truth, and Discovery

During this time of Shelter-in-Place, The Nest’s Tara DeFrancisco (iO Chicago, Second City, ComedySportz, international headliner “HERE, the (improvised) Musical”) brings you a virtual dose of coached exercises that brings out the potential between duos to connect and listen at a heightened level. We have the ability to do paired work, group warm ups, and individual feedback. All participants welcome with Zoom capabilities.
Tuesdays 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28
7-8:30
pm EDT
Class max capped at 12 participants
PRE-REQ: Must have completed Nest Level 3; 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: $120

This class will be online. You will need to download zoom for your smart phone, tablet or computer with microphone and cam to attend.
 

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.

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Virtual Class: Open Gym

Virtual Class: Open Gym

This class is purely to benefit working scenes. Tara and Rance will be running this and giving notes. As simple as that! Jumping in the gym and getting your reps.

All participants welcome with Zoom capabilities.

Tuesdays 8/11, 8/18, 8/25
7-8:00
pm EDT
1 hour, no curriculum, all notes, 3 week sessions.
Class max capped at 12 participants
PRE-REQ: Must have completed Nest Level 3; 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: $50

This class will be online. You will need to download the zoom app for your smart phone, tablet or computer with microphone and cam to attend.
 

Improv FUNdamentals 2: Virtual Class for Beginners

Improv FUNdamentals 2: An interactive workshop series!

Mondays – 8/17, 8/24, 8/31 7pm – 8:30pm EDT

Cost: All three weeks, $75

We have heard the call – and we are ready! The Nest | CBus Improv Theatre is bringing you a supplemental class – “Improv FUNdamentals 2: Workshop for Beginners” during this time! This three week series will be held virtually and pick up where Improv FUNdamentals left off. This class is for those who have completed the first level of Improv Fundamentals, and also conducive to students and performers that are in need of exercise and connection at this time with other like-minded adults. We guarantee life-applicable lessons, thought exercises, and most of all – FUN. This virtual class is four weeks long, and is still somehow physical & engaging. For participants ages 18 to 108. 🙂

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 Chicago & the UK during this Shelter-in-Place, and are bringing the joy home to share in Columbus to those who need surrounding 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 21 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 fall. 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, and shows are still live through quarantine for reference, all for free on our page, to students and public.
[Editor’s Note: This does not replace our challenging in-person Level 1 Curriculum, BUT anyone that takes this course will receive a significant discount to join our next on site Level 1 once we are permitted to gather.]

Virtual Class: Open Gym

Virtual Class: Open Gym

This class is purely to benefit working scenes. Tara and Rance will be running this and giving notes. As simple as that! Jumping in the gym and getting your reps.

All participants welcome with Zoom capabilities.

Tuesdays 9/8, 9/15, & 9/22
7-8:00
pm EDT
1 hour, no curriculum, all notes, 3 week sessions.
Class max capped at 12 participants
PRE-REQ: Must have completed Nest Level 3; 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: $50

This class will be online. You will need to download the zoom app for your smart phone, tablet or computer with microphone and cam to attend.