Events

Level 1 Class – Mondays

Welcome to the formal program of improvisational training! Whether you want to perform, be better at team work or presentation for your job, or just be more engaged with your friends and family, this is the place to start!

In this course, we’ll jump into the beautiful world of “Yes, And” and study beginning fundamentals like basic games and the advantages of collaborative group work. We’ll enjoy exercises, talk basic theory, dive into basic scenework, push through object & environment, and establish the importance of relationship and truth onstage – and have an incredible amount of fun, getting away with pretending as adults.

IMPORTANT: Attending the first class is mandatory. See our Refund Policy for details.

5-Weeks
Instructors: Tara DeFrancisco and Rance Rizzutto
Mondays from 6:30-8:30pm
Apr 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13

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.

Level 4 Class – Tuesdays

Time to put all that prior work into practice. You’ll learn how to take all of the elements you’ve learned in Level 1 through 3 and combine them into performance. Rather than covering up our lousy scenework with a complex format, we’ll push our good scenework as to not get lost inside the construct of specific forms.

Not only that, but this level culminates in a Student Show!

IMPORTANT: Attending the first class is mandatory. See our Refund Policy for details.

5-Weeks
Pre-requisite: Level Three, Teacher Approval
Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30pm
Apr 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14

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.

The Stand-Up Clinic – Elective

The Stand-Up Clinic (#8)
$125 total
Classes Mondays April 22 & May 6 7:00-8:30pm; Show May 15 or 16
You have a seat PLUS 2 comps included in student enrollment for friends to attend the Share Showcase ($20 gift included)

Ever wanted to try your hand at stand up, and shape a short act? The stand up clinic is here! Rooted in just two warm and thorough evenings of brainstorming, guidance, shaping + editing and four weeks total of work – we move you towards a friendly mic-share from first inspiration to a few curated jokes shared from your specific voice. Our class creator and curator gives notes on your set in the last week to help you prep for a showcase after ideation.

THIS CLASS HAS SOLD OUT SEVEN TIMES IN A ROW! 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! It’s fun and productive for those starting a stand-up journey.

[No experience required; Nest Level 1 Improv Core Curriculum 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.]

IMPORTANT:
1) You must be present at all of the classes. There is required homework for each class/showcase.
2) This is a hybrid-class (part in person, part online) so you will need a strong internet connection, web cam, and mic to be a part of zoom calls. This will be planned closer to class time.
3) The class showcase is tentative and subject to change.
4) Not in Cbus? That’s okay, as long as you can join us physically for the class show at the end in-person!
Online Class 4.22, 5.6 7:00-8:30pm; Class Showcase May 15 or 16 7:30pm (Nest Mainstage)

 

Level 1 Class – Mondays

Welcome to the formal program of improvisational training! Whether you want to perform, be better at team work or presentation for your job, or just be more engaged with your friends and family, this is the place to start!

In this course, we’ll jump into the beautiful world of “Yes, And” and study beginning fundamentals like basic games and the advantages of collaborative group work. We’ll enjoy exercises, talk basic theory, dive into basic scenework, push through object & environment, and establish the importance of relationship and truth onstage – and have an incredible amount of fun, getting away with pretending as adults.

IMPORTANT: Attending the first class is mandatory. See our Refund Policy for details.

5-Weeks
Instructors: Tara DeFrancisco and Rance Rizzutto
Mondays from 6:30-8:30pm
Jun 3, 10, 17, 24, Jul 1

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.

The Shortform Course @ The Nest!

Always wanted to learn and perform a shortform comedy show like Whose Line, ComedySportz, and Wild’n Out? Here’s your chance! The Nest is now holding a shortform intensive for Nestie students! Shortform is celebrated all over the world and massively popular in Canada, Europe, and Australia for its playful energy and engagement with the audience. Like all other forms of improv, it boosts awareness, joy, and especially confidence/bold choices in faster-pacing shows. In addition, the designers of our Core Curriculum (focusing on scenework and relationship alongside savvy moves) are also 20+ year shortform performers and directors, and their crew will teach you not just the Games, but the ways to do a good scene with game on top. 4 weeks of class Mondays 7-830pm, Show tba Weds/Thursday 730pm for friends, fam, and general public in our mainstage. We’re excited to do this again – a bootcamp for Nesties to make bold moves and have another skillset in their toolbelt!

IMPORTANT: Attending the first class is mandatory. See our Refund Policy for details.

 

4-Weeks AND a class show!
Instructors: tba / Program design AD team Tara D. & Rance R.
Mondays from 7-830pm June 3, 10, 17, 24
Show Weds 26 or Thurs 27 tba – +1 comp ticket included for a loved one to attend your show!
Pre-requisite: must have completed Nest Core Curric 3 and also open to grads/performers
Cost: $150

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. Are you in this group and need financial assistance? Reach out about our no-paperwork coupons for those in these groups OR contact us to learn about interning. 

NEW! Level 4 Class – Tuesdays

Time to put all that prior work into practice. You’ll learn how to take all of the elements you’ve learned in Level 1 through 3 and combine them into performance. Rather than covering up our lousy scenework with a complex format, we’ll push our good scenework as to not get lost inside the construct of specific forms.

Not only that, but this level culminates in a Student Show!

IMPORTANT: Attending the first class is mandatory. See our Refund Policy for details.

5-Weeks
Pre-requisite: Level Three, Teacher Approval
Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30pm
Jun 4, 11, 18, 25 Jul 2

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.

Stand-Up Gary Meikle 6/28 9:30pm

Stand-Up Gary Meikle 6/28 9:30pm
Doors open 915pm for Doors and Drinks, Show at 930 Gen Admission
Tickets $29
Ages 16+

Ladies & Gentleman! Gary Meikle is back yet again with another self-written, self-deprecating show to leave you all short of breath again.

Last year “Papa” as he is becoming more commonly known as, because the 1st ever comedian worldwide without an agent (his choice) to be granted a full working visa for the USA and is keen to keep on showing why. Gary’s tour this year promises to deliver, he will reluctantly share his newer role in life being a kept man, by the lady that kept him of course being his ever-growing smarter granddaughter, Gracie. Who intelligently but more essentially rips the piss out of her Papa daily. A few stories to note are when she blatantly points out that he’s got “moobs”. She also embarrasses him by telling the truth about his tattoos to a stranger that he is trying to impress. She explains in detail how her Papa isn’t THAT famous and how she calls him a bad name without meaning it. There are literally to many Gracie and Papa stories to cover but as usual Gary will go off on tangents and delve into the workings of his on mind. He will tackle subjects such as: rejection issues of men and women, what it was like being a 14-year-old hormonal boy, cold showers, mosquitoes on holiday and much more. If you can guarantee one thing from Gary it is that he will work, his 5’8 ass off to make sure everyone that sees him live wants to come back for more. Your laughter makes up for the rejection he suffered in his earlier years.

***Please note: The Nest is not responsible for afterparties and is the show venue. THERE IS NO MEET & GREET at The Nest, but as Gary often holds one, he will announce the location at the end of his show if he has organized one for fans!

This Independent Show will be LIVE at our 2643 N High St location

*The Nest Theatre is now a cashless operation. Payment will be handled by card, or exact change. Thanks!

*Online ticket sales for this show close at 6:30pm. Call 614-929-5545 to see if the show is fully sold out.

Sold out? Take a look at our upcoming shows!

Stand-Up Gary Meikle 6/29 9:30pm

Stand-Up Gary Meikle 6/29 9:30pm
Doors open 915pm for Doors and Drinks, Show at 930 Gen Admission
Tickets $29
Ages 16+
Independent Rental Show

Ladies & Gentleman! Gary Meikle is back yet again with another self-written, self-deprecating show to leave you all short of breath again.

Last year “Papa” as he is becoming more commonly known as, because the 1st ever comedian worldwide without an agent (his choice) to be granted a full working visa for the USA and is keen to keep on showing why. Gary’s tour this year promises to deliver, he will reluctantly share his newer role in life being a kept man, by the lady that kept him of course being his ever-growing smarter granddaughter, Gracie. Who intelligently but more essentially rips the piss out of her Papa daily. A few stories to note are when she blatantly points out that he’s got “moobs”. She also embarrasses him by telling the truth about his tattoos to a stranger that he is trying to impress. She explains in detail how her Papa isn’t THAT famous and how she calls him a bad name without meaning it. There are literally to many Gracie and Papa stories to cover but as usual Gary will go off on tangents and delve into the workings of his on mind. He will tackle subjects such as: rejection issues of men and women, what it was like being a 14-year-old hormonal boy, cold showers, mosquitoes on holiday and much more. If you can guarantee one thing from Gary it is that he will work, his 5’8 ass off to make sure everyone that sees him live wants to come back for more. Your laughter makes up for the rejection he suffered in his earlier years.

***Please note: The Nest is not responsible for afterparties and is the show venue. THERE IS NO MEET & GREET at The Nest, but as Gary often holds one, he will announce the location at the end of his show if he has organized one for fans!

This Independent Show will be LIVE at our 2643 N High St location

*The Nest Theatre is now a cashless operation. Payment will be handled by card, or exact change. Thanks!

*Online ticket sales for this show close at 6:30pm. Call 614-929-5545 to see if the show is fully sold out.

Sold out? Take a look at our upcoming shows!