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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Dan trained as an actor and was drawn into improv in 1993. He studied Spolin in Seattle with Gary Schwartz of Improv Odessey, and is a graduate of Upright Citizens Brigade, and The Magnet Theater. He comes to Third Coast after performing weekly in New York for fifteen years. His biggest influences have been Gregg Henry, Christopher Bayes, Owen Burke, Pat Shay, Kevin Mullaney, Meagan Neuringer, and of course Armando Diaz. He is thrilled to be here and pass along all that he has learned, and looks forward to meeting you.

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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.


“I’m a weird guy but I come by it honestly, because my Mom is a weird guy too.” For quite some time now, Sean Parrott has been bringing his charismatic stage presence and a unique point of view to comedy clubs and bars all over the Southeast. Brought up on Bugs Bunny and Monty Python, Sean is an observational absurdist with a keen eye for finding the humor in everyday life; our language, our friends and our jobs (What is the DEAL with those?) He has acted in award winning animated films (one was on the Independent Film Channel), appeared at the Wild West, Asheville and Memphis Comedy Festivals, and was picked as one of Nashville’s Funniest Comics by Reader’s Digest and East Nashvillian magazine. Energy, intelligence, and wry wit make Sean Parrott one of the best young comics working today.


Coming soon... we hope.

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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).