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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.

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.

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.

Musical Improv/Intensive Camp (Aug 2024) – Elective

Musical Improv/Intensive Camp – Elective
$300 Thurs – Sat (Sunday departure for travelers)
(All inclusive: Orientation & Class 1 630pm Thu 8/22, Thursday Nest show or JAMplification Night ticket included; Class 2
11-4:00pm Fri 8/23, Class 3 11-4pm Sat 8/24; 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.