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Third Coast Training Center Classes

Comprising teachers who have lived, performed, and taught comedy all over the country the Third Coast Training Center exists to cultivate well-rounded, highly-trained performers in the areas of improv, sketch, and stand-up.

 

Session 5 registration is open!

 

Level 2 overflow added on 10/07

 

  • Unless otherwise noted all courses cost $175 total and consist of 8, 3-hour classes that meet weekly
  • There is a showcase for Level 2 and Level 4; there is a run for Level 6 and Musical Improv 2
  • Missing more than two classes means you may be asked to repeat the level
    • If you can’t avoid missing class and another is available on a different day of the week a student can excuse an absence by making up the missed class. Please contact the training center
  • Level 1 is required unless you have recently graduated from a formal training program; if you have questions please email trainingcenter@thirdcoastcomedyclub.com
  • Third Coast is a safe, creative, and collaborative environment; any behavior to the contrary will be dealt with immediately

 

2018 Calendar
Session 1 01/08 - 03/04
Session 2 03/19 - 05/13
Session 3 06/03 - 07/28
Session 4 08/05 - 09/29
Session 5 10/14 - 12/08

 

If you have any questions please email trainingcenter@thirdcoastcomedyclub.com or call (615) 745-1009 for more information.

 


 

Improvisation: Level 1 | Level 2 | Level 3 | Level 4 | Level 5 | Level 6 | High School Improv | Musical Improv 1 | Musical Improv 2 | Shortform Improv

Stand-up: Intro

 

Improv

Level 1: Intro to improvisation

No experience is necessary to learn the foundational ideas of listening, agreement, and shared construction that make improvisation so much fun to watch and perform.

 

Date: Sundays, 10/14 - 12/9 (skipping 11/4 for Third Coast Improv Festival)
Time: 12pm - 3pm
Instructor: Allison Summers
Registration: SOLD OUT! Please email trainingcenter@thirdcoastcomedyclub.com to be added to the wait list.

Date: Mondays, 10/15 - 12/3
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Molly Kemp
Registration: SOLD OUT! Please email trainingcenter@thirdcoastcomedyclub.com to be added to the wait list.

 

Level 2: Scenework

Deep dive into character work, scene mechanics, and in particular, acting. Grounded, well-acted scene work provides the context for finding, exploring, and heightening patterns.

 

Date: Sundays, 10/14 - 12/9 (skipping 11/4 for Third Coast Improv Festival)
Time: 12pm - 3pm
Instructor: Dain Fairall
Registration: Register now!

Date: Mondays, 10/15 - 12/3
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Brandon Gibson
Prerequisite: Level 1: Intro to improvisation
Registration: SOLD OUT! Please email trainingcenter@thirdcoastcomedyclub.com to be added to the wait list.

 

Level 3: Ensemble

Once the basics are introduced we’ll want to move into group play as it’s part of what makes improvisation so electric. Give and take, balance, tempo, repetition, the discovery and constant unfurling of the moment; the stuff that might very well take you out of your comfort zone (which is ok).

 

Date: Wednesdays, 10/17 - 12/19 (skipping 10/31 for Halloween & 11/21 for Thanksgiving)
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Scott Field
Prerequisite: Level 2: Scenework
Registration: SOLD OUT! Please email trainingcenter@thirdcoastcomedyclub.com to be added to the wait list.

 

Level 4: Harold

Harold is widely considered a crown jewel of long form improvisation. It weaves together all of the skills a long form improviser acquires during their training and manages to be both strikingly simple and complex.

 

TBA

 

Level 5: Forms

The forms studied will incorporate all aspects of the training so far, in particular themes, patterns, and group work.

 

Date: Tuesdays, 10/6 - 12/4
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Dan Fairall
Prerequisite: Level 4: Harold
Registration: Register now!

 

Level 6: Harold Performance

Part workshop, part performance this class effectively runs for 14 weeks. The first 8 are classes devoted to advanced Harold while the last 6 are performances in front of your friends, family, and strangers.

 

Date: Thursdays, 10/18 - 12/20 (skipping 11/1 for Third Coast Improv Festival & 11/22 for Thanksgiving)
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Grant Collins
Prerequisite: Level 5: Forms
Registration: Register now!

 

High School Improv

Each Semester, Third Coast Comedy Club puts together a team of high school players assembled from all over greater Metro Nashville to perform in two shows at a professional comedy club! The group meets for eight practices in a fun, supportive environment. The class utilizes theatre games, scene work, and group exercises to teach the fundamentals of improvisational acting. Students learn to listen closely, create characters, build scenes, and invent stories while working as a team. Beyond comedic applications, students are taught to relax and react on stage, develop more positive, open frames of mind, and strengthen leadership and communication skills.

 

Date: Saturdays, 10/20 - 12/8 (skipping 11/3 for Third Coast Improv Festival & 11/24 for Thanksgiving)
Time: 12pm - 3pm
Instructor: Scott Field
Cost: $199 for 6-week workshop + two Saturday showcases
Prerequisite: Must be a high school student
Registration: Register now!

 

Musical Improv 1

Designed to raise the student’s comfort level while performing improvised songs. Emphasis is on phrasing, song structure, heightened emotional commitment, background support, and song styles.

 

Date: Tuesdays, 10/6 - 12/4
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Mark Neglia
Prerequisite: Level 3: Ensemble
Registration: Register now!

 

Musical Improv 2

By invitation only. The entire 8 weeks will be dedicated to learning how to improvise a full one act musical. Emphasis is on the structural elements of musical theater as well as functions and placement of specific song types within a musical. Upon the conclusion of the 8 weeks, the class will mount a weekly or bi-weekly production on the Third Coast Comedy Club stage.

 

Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Instructor: Mark Neglia
Prerequisite: Musical Improv 1
Registration: TBA

 

Shortform Improv

Students will explore the world of shortform improv, well-defined games that provide a structure to improvise within. Scenic, narrative, timed-based, guessing, the list goes on. Shortform builds on the fundamentals learned and helps in honing specific skills. Always a crowd-pleaser this level will include a showcase.

 

Date: Sundays, 10/14 - 12/9 (skipping 11/4 for Third Coast Improv Festival)
Time: 12pm - 3pm
Instructor: Bill Hillsman
Prerequisite: Level 2: Scenework
Registration: Register now!

 

Stand-up

Intro to stand-up

Ever wanted to learn what it takes to work out your original ideas and turn them into a polished stand-up set? This class will teach you the basics and structure to develop your ideas into stand-up content, performance styles and technique, finding your voice on stage, and more! The class consists of regularly performing your written material with the goal of refinement through constructive feedback.

 

Date: Sundays, 10/14 - 11/18
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Instructor: Sean Parrott
Cost: $150 for 6-week course
Registration: SOLD OUT! Please email trainingcenter@thirdcoastcomedyclub.com to be added to the wait list.