Events

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.

Musical Improv/Intensive Camp – Elective

Musical Improv Intensive – Elective
$300 Thurs – Sat
(All inclusive: Orientation & Class 1 6pm-8pm Thu 8/8, Thursday Nest JAMplification Night at 8:30pm (ticket included); Class 2
11-4:00pm Fri 8/9, Class 3 11-4pm Sat 8/10; 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 Fri & Sat)

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: 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.