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.

2024 Class Calendar
Session 1
1/8 – 3/4 (no class 1/15)

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4
Session 5 (2023)
10/3 – 12/7 (no class 10/31-11/6 & 11/21-11/27)

Our 6-level improv track teaches students the art of short- and longform improv, starting with the fundamentals and culminating in a run of shows on the Third Coast stage! Our classes are suited for both hobbyists and individuals serious about honing their craft. Whether you’re looking to learn a new artform, find a community, take on a fun challenge, gain confidence, or just laugh a lot, you’ll find what you’re looking for here at the Third Coast Training Center!

Take a dive into the art of stand-up comedy! Our stand-up track offers 2 levels of classes designed to let students develop their writing and performance skills, and get them actual stage time to perform for crowds! All of our classes are taught by experienced stand-up comedians, with frequent drop-ins from local talent who help you punch-up and perfect your set. Graduates will have a showcase at Third Coast and will get the opportunity to network and secure even more stage time in shows all around town!

Combining improv knowledge with the local spirit of Music City, our musical improv track teaches students of all musical backgrounds everything they need to know to improvise full musicals! Classes span from the basics of commitment and song structure to the creation of full shows and ensemble performances. Always a favorite of students, our musical track culminates with a run of shows completely created and performed by the graduating class!

If you’ve always wanted to write your own jokes, sketches, or even full television shows, our comedy writing track is perfect for you! In these classes you’ll study existing sketches and break them down into their component parts, then write and perfect your own comedy pieces. Classes will include feedback from your instructor, other aspiring writers, and professional comedy writers from shows such as Key & Peele! When you graduate, you’ll have everything you need to put together your own writer’s packet, or your own sketch show!

Scroll down for electives, Youth Programs, workshops, and SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION


Pre-requisite: Third Coast Level 3

Take your short form skills to the next level with music! Learn various musical games that will require you to rhyme, keep time, and make lyrics sublime. Emote, sing a note, and get ready to showboat your new favorite games at a showcase at the end of the course!

This is an 8-week improv course elective.

SHOWCASE: Sunday, March 3rd at 6:00 p.m.


Saturdays 3:15-6:15 p.m. starting January 13th

Pre-requisite: Third Coast Level 2

Learn how to utilize the Meisner technique in order to help you get out of your head, activate your point of view, and commit to each moment with your scene partner 100%. In this 6-week course you will be accessing tools to make your Improvisation more authentic, honest, and spontaneous. 

This is a 6-week improv course elective.


Sundays 12:00-3:00 p.m. starting January 14th

Improv Workshops for All Ages!

Teen Playshop (Ages 13-17) – Saturday, Jan. 27, 10-11:30 a.m. Join us for 90 minutes of improv games and exercises intended to entertain, challenge, and inspire. This is a space to allow teens to step out of their comfort zone, forge new friendships, and cultivate confidence in a fun, supportive environment. Sorry grown-ups, this one is just for the teens!

Kids Playshop (Ages 4-8) – Saturday, Jan. 27, 10-11 a.m. Join us for an hour of improv games and exercises led by improvisers with a passion for early childhood development. This is a space for families to play and laugh together.

Youth Playshop (Ages 9-12) – Saturday, Feb 24, 10-11 a.m. Join us for an hour of improv games and exercises led by improvisers with a passion for youth development. This is a space for families to play, connect and laugh together.

Third Coast Training Center Classes Overview

  • Unless otherwise noted all improv courses cost $275 total and consist of eight 3-hour classes that meet weekly.
  • Tuition for all classes is non-refundable. All sales are final.
  • Missing more than two classes means you may be asked to repeat the Level. Students are encouraged to attend class on another night to gain the knowledge and skills missed, but doing so is for the student’s benefit and does not excuse the absence.
  • Level 1 is required unless you have recently graduated from a formal training program; if you have questions please email the training center
  • Third Coast is a safe, creative, and collaborative environment; any behavior to the contrary will be dealt with immediately; if you need to make a report use our Anonymous Reporting Form here.
  • Teachers are subject to change without notice.

If you have any questions please email the training center for more information.


Working with our non-profit partner, Unscripted, Third Coast provides a Level 1 scholarship to students each session. In an effort to increase access and diversity on our stages, priority is given to groups underrepresented and historically excluded from improv, such as women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ individuals. Apply at

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