• The Nestival 2020

This April, the Nestival Festival will be hosting teams from all over the nation in our space presenting their shows to improv lovers in Ohio! The festival shows will run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, with workshops offered Saturday. Everything will be hosted inside our beautiful, hip space – right in downtown Columbus in the hip, art-supporting Franklinton neighborhood!

The Nest Theatre opened in November 2016 and has been incredibly received by the general public and the artistic community. The Nest and it’s shows have been featured in the following media: NPR’s All Things Considered, Columbus Underground, 614 Magazine, Kool 101.7 FM, Experience Columbus, Columbus Moms Blog, Craft The Show, What’s The Deal with Creativity?, Columbus Alive, The Reader, The Sun-Times, The Chicago Tribune, and a giant cover story on the beloved Columbus Dispatch! The theatre is the only dedicated space in central Ohio for improvisation, and hosts flagship shows & formal training center designed by two world-renowned performers and instructors in the artform – Tara DeFrancisco & Rance Rizzutto. The Nest community is loving, ethical, welcoming, artistically thriving, and fun.

Our first year’s fest was an unusual success story – and if you were here for it, we can’t thank you enough for all the joy and bits we created. Year two, we got to share our new dedicated space – and we began gifting our visiting teams with incentives so they could enjoy the time even more. After doing all the work again with a new home, there’s a beautiful new space that is all ours, with an auxiliary stage/classroom space and a mainstage – equipped with 6 television screens, tech booth, giant green room, professional lighting, and a full gorgeous bar (and yes, the teams get drink tickets and all access passes). Now, here we are in year three – We all get to be together in one beautiful place designed for art all weekend long. Join us for what is sure to be the biggest, funniest lovefest in Ohio – celebrating some of the greatest performers in the Midwest, US, and abroad!

Nestival Performer Application 2020

  • Include Yourself, and any others - First & Last Names - click "+" to add each additional name
  • (longer than 5, less than 20 - show us your stuff)
  • **Application Must Be Completed by February 12, 2020. Accepted applicants notified by Feb 28, 2020. Application fee is $25 per entry and non-refundable. Headlining performers and instructors are invite only and will be contacted by the curators of the fest. Thanks in advance for your interest – we’re ready to have an amazing time!

    Donate now to complete your application! Clicking "Apply Now" will take you to our PayPal page to complete your donation. Please complete the transaction fully, and submit your entry only once!

    Special consideration and small stipend given to out of state teams as a courtesy from our not for profit. The Nest Theatre LLC is a registered Safe Space in Columbus operating with a COE and intended amplification of LGBTIQ+, POC, differently abled, veterans, and those over 65.

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