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.

Character Clash 4/18 7:30pm

Character Clash 4/18 7:30pm
$10
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!

The Rumble – Shortform Improv 4/19 8:00pm

The Rumble – Shortform Improv 4/19 8:00pm
$15 online*/ $20 at the door if not sold out
Ages 16+

A cast of hilarious players in a Battle Royale of comedy games!

This show is great for date nights, parties, coworkers, families, and those craving a little competition. Shortform improvisation has been popularized by shows like Whose Line? & Wild’n Out, and we bring our twist to you! Fast paced, playful, interactive, and funny – you’ll get to see our players weave through games fueled by your suggestions before ultimately reaching the elimination rounds to ultimately decide the night’s winner!

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!

The Experience 4/20 7:30pm

The Experience 4/20 7:30pm
$12 online*/ $18 at the door if not sold out
Ages 16+

The Experience – a show complementing the date that isn’t a show at all, but more of a trippy interactive experience with singalongs, presentations, games, and more. Tickets benefit The Last Prisoner Project!

This will be LIVE at our new location

2643 N High St

*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!

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)

 

Word – Live Lit & True Tales 4/25 7:30pm

Word – Live Lit & True Tales 4/25
Doors & Drinks at 7pm / Show at 730pm
Tickets $10 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. WANT TO POSSIBLY BE A FEATURE? Grab a ticket & write a 5 minute true/personal story on the prompt and sign up at the door! This month’s theme: “only the fools”

*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!

Hilly Dilly Filly 5/9 7:30pm

Hilly Dilly Filly 5/9 7:30pm
$10
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 Hilly Dilly Filly! The performers improvise in an environment created by the audience.
Opening the night will be a short set by duo Katie & Kristen!

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!

HERE: the (Improvised) Musical 5/10 8pm

HERE the Musical 5/10 8pm
$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 start The Nest Theatre. They have toured this show to 80+ cities in 24+ countries! Bring your friends out to experience HERE for yourself.

Opening for HERE: Level 4 core curriculum students!

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!

Word – Live Lit & True Tales 5/23 7:30pm

Word – Live Lit & True Tales 5/23
Doors & Drinks at 7pm / Show at 730pm
Tickets $10 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. WANT TO POSSIBLY BE A FEATURE? Grab a ticket & write a 5 minute true/personal story on the prompt and sign up at the door! This month’s theme: “if I may”

*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!

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.