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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.

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

Session 2
3/17-5/15 (no class 3/31-4/2 & 4/10)

Session 3
May 28 – July 28 (no class 7/2-7/7)

Session 4
August – September
 
Session 5
October – December

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!

Classes, camps and workshops for kids, tweens and teens! From improv to stand-up, check out Third Coast’s new offerings for our youngest comedians!

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

SPECIAL OFFERINGS:

The Wild Way Workshop is a collaboratively creative experience using wild animal masks. Together, through inhabiting these masks, we will be diving into:
 
  • Playful Improvisation & Exploration
  • Embodied Character Discovery
  • Connection of Mind, Body, Spirit & Community

 

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Sunday, April 28th, 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Grab your partner and spend an afternoon laughing, listening, and seeing each other with fresh eyes. Then stick around for an awesome date night (registration includes two tickets to that evening’s Third Coast Comedy Show)! Come see how the art of improvisation can make you a better partner, a better communicator, and just a more fun person to be around. We guarantee it’ll be the most fun date you’ve had in years!

 

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Saturday, May 4th, 3:15-6:15 p.m.

Saturday, May 11th, 3:15-6:15 p.m.

Saturday, May 18th, 3:15-6:15 p.m.

Pre-requisite: Third Coast Level 3: Short Form
 
Students will dive deeper into the world of short-form improv, exploring heightened levels of game and the keys to successful hosting. Expand your bank of games while developing a stronger understanding of short- and long-form alike!

 

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Tuesdays 6:30-9:30 p.m. starting May 28th

This ONE WEEK INTENSIVE course will cover the content of our usual 8-week class. Completion of this intensive counts as completion of the Third Coast Training Center’s Level 1: The Fundamentals course. 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.

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June 3-7, 2024, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4 p.m.

Course Credits: Duel/Ethics, 1.5 hours

Strong communication skills are inherent in a lawyer’s ethical obligations: to clients, to the court, and to fellow lawyers. Improv is a fun, creative, and collaborative approach to developing communication skills and facilitating teamwork in legal offices. Attendees will enhance public speaking skills, strengthen listening skills, and learn to eliminate barriers in communication through improv and the principle of “Yes, and…”

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Thursday, June 27th 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Third Coast Training Center Classes Overview

  • Click on class links for more information on class content, dates, and prices.
  • 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.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Third Coast provides one Level 1 scholarship to a student 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.

CLICK THIS LINK TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION

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