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.

5-Weeks
Mondays from 6:30-8:30pm
Sep 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10

Due to the ongoing COVID situation, we are requiring all class participants to be vaccinated.

ComedySportz 8/27 8:00pm

ComedySportz 8/27 8:00pm
$15 online*/$16 at the door if not sold out
$12 Children 12 years old and under
All Ages

Two teams face off for laughter, applause, and points in this competitive show. A referee interacts with the fans and even uses the occasional audience volunteer! This show is all-ages, great for date nights, parties, and the family. Created in 1984, CSz is known all over the world and has inspired television shows like Whose Line? & Wild’n Out, and has run in Columbus since 2017. (All Ages permitted, The Nest’s only “for everyone” show)

Due to the ongoing COVID situation, we are requiring all audience members to provide proof of vaccination. Masks are optional. This will be the case until vaccination rates increase and COVID rates decrease.

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 6:00pm. 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!

Storyteller Improv 8/19 8:00pm

Storyteller Improv 8/19 8:00pm
$14 online*/ $15 at the door if not sold out
Ages 16+

The Storyteller Improv show is fun-filled with your suggestions inspiring TRUE stories from the cast. The improvisers then do scenes inspired by the stories! Always fun!

Opening for Storyteller will be Hive!

Storyteller is one of the oldest teams at The Nest Theatre. This team is formed from Columbus improv veterans who are among our first students at The Nest. Therefore, they exemplify the improv style brought to the city by The Nest Theatre owners.

Due to the ongoing COVID situation, we are requiring all audience members to provide proof of vaccination. Masks are optional. This will be the case until vaccination rates increase and COVID rates decrease.

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 6:00pm. 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!

ComedySportz 8/13 8:00pm

ComedySportz 8/13 8:00pm
$15 online*/$16 at the door if not sold out
$12 Children 12 years old and under
All Ages

Two teams face off for laughter, applause, and points in this competitive show. A referee interacts with the fans and even uses the occasional audience volunteer! This show is all-ages, great for date nights, parties, and the family. Created in 1984, CSz is known all over the world and has inspired television shows like Whose Line? & Wild’n Out, and has run in Columbus since 2017. (All Ages permitted, The Nest’s only “for everyone” show)

Due to the ongoing COVID situation, we are requiring all audience members to provide proof of vaccination. Masks are optional. This will be the case until vaccination rates increase and COVID rates decrease.

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 6:00pm. 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!

Troika Improv Contest FINALS 8/12 9:30pm

Troika Improv Contest FINALS 8/12 9:30pm
$12 online*/ $13 at the door if not sold out
Ages 16+

Created by our friends in Philly, the Nest begins Troika CBus! Trios of randomly assigned Nest performers/students face off in this fun competitive show! Three teams a night, one winning team advances to the finals. (Ages 16+up permitted)
Due to the ongoing COVID situation, we are requiring all audience members to provide proof of vaccination. Masks are optional. This will be the case until vaccination rates increase and COVID rates decrease.

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 6:00pm. 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!

Anonymous 8/12 8:00pm

Anonymous 8/12 8:00pm
$15 online*/$16 at the door if not sold out
Ages 16+

Your secrets…our show! Anonymous takes true, pre-written, anonymous personal stories submitted from our cast & guests, then those stories lead to conversation and comedic improvisation done by the cast. Randomly drawn from the big board, the cast has seen none of the stories prior to the conversations or improvisation – unless it’s (dramatic pause)… their own.

For improv connoisseurs, it’s a slice of hit shows Storyteller/Living Room, part ComedySportz Blind Date, and part “Mortified”; For those just looking for a great time – This show promises something for everyone.

Cast: Nathan Berg, Tara DeFrancisco, Andrew Johnson, Leny Matos, Bryan Murphy, Ella Palardi, Kit Parsons, Carolyn Pierre-Louis, David Price, Rance Rizzutto, and Michael Tonovitz

Opening for Anonymous tonight: Stand-Up Comedy!

Due to the ongoing COVID situation, we are requiring all audience members to provide proof of vaccination. Masks are optional. This will be the case until vaccination rates increase and COVID rates decrease.

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 6:00pm. 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 Musical 8/5 8:00pm

HERE the Musical 8/5 8:00pm
$15 online*/$16 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.

Due to the ongoing COVID situation, we are requiring proof of vaccination for everyone in the Theatre. This will be the case until vaccination rates increase and COVID rates decrease.

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 6:00pm. 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 Improv Intensive – Elective

Musical Improv Intensive – Elective
$295 (includes t-shirt and provided lunch on class days)
Meet 6:30pm-7:30pm Wed 8/3, 10:30am-4:00pm Thu 8/4-Sat 8/6, class show Saturday night)

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, and ComedySportz stages, Tara + Rance created curriculum in the main class levels of those schools, and solely designed the curriculum of the Advanced Summer Intensives at iO Chicago. Their musical experience, both from HERE, and larger groups like Baby Wants Candy and The DelTones, will be yours.

Pre-requisite: at least two levels of improv classes from anywhere. You should have the basics, and some focused learning on scenework.

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.

Not sure which intensive is right for you? Take a look!

Summer Intensives 2022

*Discounts available for participants who choose multiple intensives. All must be purchased at the same time to receive discount*

Due to the ongoing COVID situation and the potential for out-of-state students, we are requiring all class participants to be vaccinated.

Troika Improv Contest 7/29 9:30pm

Troika Improv Contest 7/29 9:30pm
$12 online*/ $13 at the door if not sold out
Ages 16+

Created by our friends in Philly, the Nest begins Troika CBus! Trios of randomly assigned Nest performers/students face off in this fun competitive show! Three teams a night, one winning team advances to the finals. (Ages 16+up permitted)
Due to the ongoing COVID situation, we are requiring all audience members to provide proof of vaccination. Masks are optional. This will be the case until vaccination rates increase and COVID rates decrease.

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 6:00pm. 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!

Pretty Flower Workshop 7/25 & 7/26

Pretty Flower Workshop 7:00pm-8:30pm 7/25 & 7/26
$65 total
1 ticket included in enrollment for a friend to attend the Experimental Show!

Pretty Flower (as popularized by Beer Shark Mice) is a specific form, and you’ll get to learn it! Based on a solidified group scene, the form then branches out into a multitude of scenes. Very open, yet very specific AND very fun!

[Pre-requisite: Level 3 or Longform Intensive at The Nest; 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.]

Students will perform in our Experimental Show 7/29 8pm (Nest mainstage)

Due to the ongoing COVID situation, we are requiring all class participants to be vaccinated.