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.


  • Unless otherwise noted all classes are $175, 3-hours long, and last for 8 weeks
  • There is a showcase for Level 4B and an 8-week run in Level 5
  • 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 graduated from a formal training program; if you have questions please email
  • Third Coast is a safe, creative, and collaborative environment; any complaints to the contrary are dealt with immediately


2017 Calendar
Session 1 01/09 - 03/05
Session 2 03/20 - 05/14
Session 3 05/29 - 07/23
Session 4 08/07 - 10/01
Session 5 10/16 - 12/10


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



Improvisation: Level 1 | Level 2 | Level 3 | Level 4 | Level 4B | Level 5



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: Mondays, 10/16 - 12/4
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Matt Jackson
Registration: SOLD OUT!


Date: Sundays, 10/22 - 12/10
Time: 12pm - 3pm
Instructor: Allison Summers
Registration: SOLD OUT!


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, 10/16 - 12/4
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Patrick Shaffner
Prerequisite: Level 1: Intro to improvisation
Registration: CLOSED!


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, 10/17 - 12/12 (skipping Halloween, 10/31)
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Luke Watson
Prerequisite: Level 2: Improvising as an ensemble
Registration: SOLD OUT!


Level 4: Forms

Each week a new form is introduced. The forms studied will incorporate all aspects of the training so far, in particular themes, patterns, and group work. This work provides the foundation from which the Harold is explored and original forms are created.


Date: Thursdays, 10/19 - 12/14 (skipping Thanksgiving, 11/23)
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Tim Yager
Prerequisite: Level 3: Advanced Scenework
Registration: CLOSED!


Level 4B: 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, 10/18 - 12/13 (skipping Halloween, 10/31)
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Instructor: Grant Collins
Prerequisite: Level 4: Forms
Registration: CLOSED!


Level 5: Performance

Students will get a chance to create and improvise original forms. The class runs 16 weeks. The first 8 classes are devoted to the exploration, creation, and refinement of an original form while the last 8 are performances of their work.


Date: TBA
Prerequisite: Level 4B: The Harold