Comprised of 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.

 

  • Unless otherwise noted all courses are $175, last for 8 weeks, and are 3 hours long
  • There is a showcase for Level 4B and an 8-week run in Level 5 - there is also a run after Musical Improv 2 concludes
  • 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 08/06 - 09/30
Session 5 10/15 - 12/09

 

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

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, 6/3 - 7/22
Time: 12pm - 3pm
Instructor: Allison Summers
Registration: SOLD OUT! Please email trainingcenter@thirdcoastcomedyclub.com to be added to the wait list.

 

Date: Mondays, 6/4 - 7/23
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: Improvising as an 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: Mondays, 6/4 - 7/23
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Tim Yager
Prerequisite: Level 1: Intro to improvisation
Registration: Register now!

 

Level 3: Advanced 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 “the game” of the scene as well as a working understanding of when it’s time to edit.

 

Date: Tuesdays, 6/5 - 7/24
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Patrick Shaffner
Prerequisite: Level 2: Improvising as an ensemble
Registration: SOLD OUT! Please email trainingcenter@thirdcoastcomedyclub.com to be added to the wait list.

 

Level 4: The 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.

 

Date: Wednesdays, 6/6 - 8/1 (skipping Independence Day, 7/4)
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Dan Fairall
Prerequisite: Level 3: Advanced Scenework
Registration: Register now!

 

Level 5: Forms

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

 

Date: Thursdays, 6/7 - 7/26
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Tim Yager
Prerequisite: Level 4: Harold
Registration: Register now!

 

Level 6: Performance

The class runs 16 weeks. The first 8 classes are devoted to advanced Harold while the last 8 are performances of their work.

 

Date: Thursdays, 6/7 - 7/26
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Dan Fairall
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: Fall 2018
Time: TBA
Instructor: TBA
Cost: $199 for 8-week course + two Saturday showcases
Prerequisite: Must be a high-school student
Registration: TBA

 

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: Session 4
Time: TBA
Instructor: Mark Neglia
Prerequisite: Level 3: Advanced Scenework
Registration: TBA

 

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: Tuesdays, 6/5 - 7/24
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Mark Neglia
Prerequisite: Musical Improv 1
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!

 

Date: Sundays, 6/3 - 7/8
Time: 7pm - 9pm (2 hours)
Instructor: Sean Parrott
Cost: $150 for 6-week course
Registration: SOLD OUT! Please email trainingcenter@thirdcoastcomedyclub.com to be added to the wait list.