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, an 8-week session is $149 (this is the total for all 8 classes).
  • All students receive free admission to most improv shows at the theater all session long.
  • Missing more than two classes means you may be asked to repeat the level
  • Level 1 is required unless you have 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 complaints to the contrary are dealt with immediately.

 

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

 

Improvisation

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, 6/5 - 7/24 (skipping Memorial Day, 5/29)
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Instructor: Luke Watson
Registration: Register now!

 

Date: Tuesdays, 5/30 - 7/25 (skipping Independence Day, 7/4)
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Instructor: Ryan King
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: Tuesdays, 5/30 - 7/25 (skipping Independence Day, 7/4)
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Instructor: Grant Collins
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: Mondays, 6/5 - 7/24 (skipping Memorial Day, 5/29)
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Instructor: Grant Collins
Prerequisite: Level 2: Improvising as an ensemble
Registration: Register now!

 

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: TBA
Prerequisite: Level 3: Advanced Scenework

 

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: TBA
Prerequisite: Level 4: Forms

 

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