Events

Musical Improv/Intensive Camp (Jul 2024) – Elective

Musical Improv/Intensive Camp – Elective
$300 Thurs – Sat night (Sun morning departure)
(All inclusive: Orientation & Class 1 630 Thu 7/25, Thursday Nest show or  JAMplification Night (ticket included); Class 2
11-4:00pm Fri 7/26, Class 3 11-4pm Sat 7/27; Comps to shows Fri 8pm & Sat 8pm as audience for enrolled students, additional ticket to class showcase for loved one Saturday night 9:30pm; Lunch included Friday)

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 touring company/theater/theatricals, and various ComedySportz stages, Tara + Rance created curriculum in the main class levels of those schools. They also taught Summer Intensives at iO Chicago for a decade, and solely designed the challenging and lauded curriculum of the Advanced Summer Intensives at iO. Their musical experience, both from HERE (and groups like Baby Wants Candy and The DelTones) will be yours.

Pre-requisite: Students must have minimum of Level 3 scenework at The Nest by the time of camp start, OR an Out-of-State completion of 3 levels of another formal improvisational program (examples: HUGE, iO Chicago, Second City Conservatory, Magnet, PIT, JTF, Annoyance, ComedySportz, etc.)

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.

Word – Live Lit & True Tales 7/25 7:30pm

Word – Live Lit & True Tales 7/25 7:30pm
Doors & Drinks at 7pm / Show at 730pm
Tickets $12 pre-sale
Ages 16+

This bohemian storytelling hour is now remounted at The Nest’s new Bluebird Studio! The Word – Live Literature show is an hour of live literature, in the spirit of The Moth and other story shows, this will feature pre-scheduled storytellers. 4 scheduled features write stories to share on the prompt in this cozy, intimate evening of beauty. This month’s theme: “independence”

*If it is after 6pm on day of show, call 614-929-5545 to see if the show is fully sold out.

Sold out? Take a look at our upcoming shows!

JAMplification Night: Field Day version! 7/25 830pm

JAMplification Night: Field Day version! 7/25 830pm
$5 / Ages 16+/ doors and start at 830pm-ish (after Level 2 ends)
PLEASE READ RULES TO PURCHASE ENTRY
THIS IS FOR NEST CURRENT STUDENTS, GRADS, PERFORMERS ONLY

Field Day: EVERYONE plays

Not a public show, but a public celebration of improv for those doing the work! Anyone who buys a ticket won’t only be in the audience – they’ll be onstage. Why is it only $5 DOLLARS? We give our hosts a little gift and we donate it to charity, and just need to be able to track the number of folks coming – we want it to be easy to be there!

Nesties Levels 1-4, graduates, and performers welcome. We are creating a healthy environment for, and invite those who have started learning improv but have not finished a training program. This is **not a trial course or jam for folks that have never learned improv** but rather a fun practice & reps night for those already doing the work.

This matters, and our Code of Ethics to play always matters; We’re doing the work to change how strangers play together. By purchasing this ticket, you agree to our COE to play.

(Here’s info on classes or scholarships to get started at The Nest. We’re happy to help.)

At Field Day – We’ll make sure you are given the parameters on fun practices, and then you’ll perform a short piece with your jam squad. This benefits Kaleidoscope Youth Center for Pride month!

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Sold out? Take a look at our upcoming shows!

HERE: the (Improvised) Musical 7/26 8:00pm

HERE: the (Improvised) Musical 7/26 8:00pm
$16 online*/$20 at the door if not sold out
Ages 16+

HERE the Musical is a feat of improvisation – a two person, fully improvised musical play. In HERE the Musical, the players get one suggestion to inspire theme through an opening number, create characters and storylines inspired by the theme, and effortlessly weave the strings together to discover one piece. Not one ounce of music has been pre-conceived before the show begins.

Tara DeFrancisco and Rance Rizzutto began touring this show well before moving to Columbus to found The Nest Theatre. They have toured this show to 87 cities in 24 countries – and HERE has sold out over 150 shows in a row at The Nest! Bring your friends out to experience HERE for yourself around their worldwide touring.

Opening for HERE: Diversity Hire!

This 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!

Improv isn’t just great for performance, it is perfect for helping with public speaking, team-building, or just generally being a more open and positive person. Sign up for a class and see for yourself!

*Online ticket sales for this show close at 6:30pm. If it is after 6:30pm on day of show, call 614-929-5545 to see if the show is fully sold out.

Sold out? Take a look at our upcoming shows!

Troika Improv Contest 7/26 9:30pm

Troika Improv Contest 7/26 9:30pm
$14 online*/ $18 at the door if not sold out
Ages 16+ only

Created by our friends in Philly, the Nest begins Troika CBus! Trios of randomly drawn Nesties (performers/students) face off in this fun competitive show! Three teams a night, one winning team advances to the finals.

Tonight’s teams are:

TEAM M – Matt S, Matt C, Ben S.
TEAM N – Candice O, Isaac N, Mike P
TEAM O – Rico G, Alex P, Sasha
hosts td & Rance

This will be LIVE at our 2643 N High St location on Nest Mainstage (2643 N. High Street). The Nest Theatre is now a cashless operation. Payment will be handled by card, or exact change. Thanks!

Improv isn’t just great for performance, it is perfect for helping with public speaking, team-building, or just generally being a more open and positive person. Sign up for a class and see for yourself!

*Online ticket sales for this show close at 6:00pm. If it is after 6:00pm on day of show, call 614-929-5545 to see if the show is fully sold out.

Sold out? Take a look at our upcoming shows!

Musical Mash-Up 7/27 8:00pm

Musical Mash-Up 7/27 8:00pm
$14 online*/ $18 at the door if not sold out
Ages 16+

Musical Mash-Up takes a suggestion from the audience for each and every scene! Your suggestion inspires a scene that inevitably turns into an improvised song! Come out and get ready to shout them out!

This 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!

Improv isn’t just great for performance, it is perfect for helping with public speaking, team-building, or just generally being a more open and positive person. Sign up for a class and see for yourself!

*Online ticket sales for this show close at 6:45pm. If it is after 7pm on day of show, call 614-929-5545 to see if the show is fully sold out.

Sold out? Take a look at our upcoming shows!

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
Jul 29, Aug 5, 12, 19, 26

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.

Character Clash 8/8 7:30pm

Character Clash 8/8
Doors & Drinks 7pm, Show at 7:30pm
$12
Ages 16+
in the Bluebird Studio

The Bluebird Studio is located inside The Nest Theatre. It is our more intimate experimental space. Seating is EXTREMELY limited, so don’t delay!

Tonight features Character Clash! The performers will be given characters to play based on suggestions from the audience and other parameters. Will they rise to the challenge?

This 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!

Improv isn’t just great for performance, it is perfect for helping with public speaking, team-building, or just generally being a more open and positive person. Sign up for a class and see for yourself!

*Online ticket sales for this show close at 6:00pm. If it is after 6:00pm on day of show, call 614-929-5545 to see if the show is fully sold out.

Sold out? Take a look at our upcoming shows!

REPS – Yanni Clemmons

REPS with Guest Yanni Clemmons
Saturday 8/10 11am – 1pm
Cost: $15

Reps! is a chance for our currently enrolled Nest students and Core Curriculum graduates to get more scenework time with a performer from a house team leading the feedback. A Nest Check-In, Two Warmups, Two 20 minute Montages with feedback of each, Reps! is capped for only 14 people max each month so there is time for playtime then feedback.

Reps! is set for all of 2024, and Saturday’s guest is Yanni Clemmons (Commando, Holiday Town, Musical Improv Mash-Up, Diversity Hire).

You may only purchase tickets for yourself. Multiple ticket orders will be immediately refunded and made available again.

The Nest/CCF presents: Armando CBus with Alex Falcone! 8/16 730pm

Armando CBus Improv with Alex Falcone! 8/16
7pm doors / 730pm showcase
$18 online*/ $20 at the door if not sold out
Ages 16+

What is Armando? Armando is a Chicago style improv show where guests will tell off the cuff stories and monologues off of suggestions from the audience. A group of our improvisers will improvise short comedic scenes based on inspiration from the monologues. The Nest gets to run one each season, right in our home!

Always a fun time! Our “Armando” / guest of honor of the night will be the delightful comedian ALEX FALCONE!

Opening for Armando will be:
standup comics Angie Healey, Jesse Pimpinella (CBus)
improv set by Booze & The Boys (Cleveland)

This 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!

Improv isn’t just great for performance, it is perfect for helping with public speaking, team-building, or just generally being a more open and positive person. Sign up for a class and see for yourself!

*Online ticket sales for this show close at 6:00pm. If it is after 6:00pm on day of show, call 614-929-5545 to see if the show is fully sold out.

Sold out? Take a look at our upcoming shows!