Training Center Instructors

Our training center is proud to have some of the best-trained teachers in Nashville that have received their training all over the country (literally) including: The Second City (Chicago and LA), iO (Chicago), UCB (LA), The Groundlings (LA), The Annoyance Theatre (Chicago), Four Day Weekend (Dallas), and ComedySportz.

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Grant is a Portland, TN native who has studied all things comedy in Chicago for the past eight years. He is a graduate of iO, The Annoyance, The Second City Conservatory, Second City Writing Program, and The Second City Musical Conservatory. While in Chicago, he played on several iO Harold teams, a ComedySportz Chicago House Team, and teams at The Playground, MCL, and Under the Gun. Grant is excited to be back in Tennessee, sharing and teaching the art form he loves so much.

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Scott Field studied at Improv Boston (Boston) where he was a player with the mainstage, performing hundreds of shows in a five year period. After moving to Nashville (Nashville) in 2004, he co-founded Improv Nashville (Nashville), which opened a venue on 12th South in 2008. Most recently, Scott has taught for and performed with Music City Improv (Nashville), Street Theater (Nashville), and is directing The Third Coast Comedy Show (Nashville).

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Matt is a transplant from Orange County, CA. He has studied improv at The Groundlings, UCB, and iO Chicago. Over the years, Matt has been an active part of Nashville’s growing comedy scene performing and teaching with Improv Nashville, Fusebox Theater Company, and S2 in Louisville KY. He is currently a house performer at Third Coast Comedy Cub; playing in The Love Circle Variety Show, Court, Crash, and Celebrity Crush. He is excited to bring his passion and experience to Third Coast's Training Center.

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Ryan lives in Nashville, TN where he works as an actor, comedian, screenwriter, improviser and improv instructor. He graduated from The Second City Chicago’s Improvisation; Comedic Acting program and has studied with Kevin McDonald of the Kids in the Hall, Erica Elam, Scott Goldstein, Ian Covell and many others. He has taught improv at Actor-Com, Centennial Performance Studios, Nashville Voice-Over Exchange, Nashville After Zone Alliance, Station Hill Youth Arts Program and has performed with Third Coast Comedy Club Mainstage, Nashville Improv Company, Incident 2, Furry Anchors, and Too Many White People. He is a five-time winner of the Nashville’s Funniest Comic competition, a five-time 2nd place winner of the Luxury Prestige III sketch competition and can been seen in commercials for Office Depot, Marlboro, Rooms to Go, Bellhops as well as on CMT’s “Million Dollar Quartet”.


Darin is the creator and founder of Sketchy Nashville, an improv and writing group with over 500 members. He comes with a high level of experience, supported by studies with Chicago’s The Second City, Music City Improv, as well as stand-up writing with the Rik Roberts School of Laughs. His professional experience ranges from writing hundreds of sketches with his Sketchy Nashville group to directing promotional sketch videos for Gaylord Opryland and Marriott. He is the author of the sketch comedy writing guide, How to Be Sketchy. His passion for comedy has driven him to his mission: To promote laughter through profoundly original and highly entertaining comedy. To educate and inspire a community of creative spirits in the art of comedy.

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Allison was born and raised in Nashville, TN. She studied improv in Los Angeles at The Second City, IO West, and UCB. She has over ten years of sketch writing and improv experience. She has written a one woman show, “Collections” that has been performed in Austin, Boston and LA. You can see her in the critically acclaimed film, “Hollywood Sex Wars”, where she plays everyone’s favorite neighborhood crackhead, Ash. Allison loves watching videos of people falling down but not like hurting themselves falling down, just like tripping and falling and getting back up.

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Luke is the Founder of LOL Nashville and Co-Founder of the Third Coast Comedy Club. He got his start with improv in Atlanta, GA with an independent troupe made up of improvisers from troupes across the city. Luke is also the Founder and Executive Producer of Nashville's Improv Festival, Third Coast Improv Fest.

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Tim is an alumni of iO (Chicago), The Annoyance Theatre (Chicago), the Four Day Weekend training center (Fort Worth), and a son of Texas. In Chicago, Tim performed with two harold teams at the iO, The Rabble and RGB. In Dallas, Tim performed with ComedySportz DFW, Four Day Weekend, FIAD, Victory Point, Samurai Drunk and Kool Aid. In addition, Tim has taught at Four Day Weekend (Fort Worth), the Dallas Comedy House (Dallas), and Third Coast Comedy Club (Nashville).