Sign Up for a Workshop* during The Nestival! These Workshops are limited availability, and will be taught by some of the awesome performers you’ll see throughout the weekend’s events!

Nestival Week 2 Workshops

Red Light District/Dramatic Improv

Taught by Just The Funny’s David Christopher

Saturday, April 6, 2024, 10:30am-1:00pm

50.00/Person

pre-req: You’re a scheduled Nestival performer OR you’ve completed Level 2 at The Nest

Come take a walk on the dark side of town and explore a side of your improv game that you didn’t know that you had in you, dramatic improvisation! This workshop will push you to the edge in committing to your choices and connecting with your scene partners, verbally, physically and emotionally. Deep, intense and not for the faint of heart, go all in and take a trip to the Red Light District!

CLOSED to 14 REGISTRANTS

Quirkshop™ – Character Crystallization

Taught by Just The Funny’s Marlene Marcos

Saturday, April 6, 2024, 1:00pm-3:00pm

45.00/Person

pre-req: You’re a scheduled Nestival performer OR you’ve completed Level 3 at The Nest

Still playing yourself on stage? Give yourself permission to enter the character cosmos! Through physical and vocal discovery, you’ll be able to simplify, improvise and crystalize your inspirations that will electrify your performances.  CAUTION: This Quirkshop™ might lead to creating distinctive characters that audiences will ask for by name!

CLOSED to 16 REGISTRANTS

Rapper’s (and Non-Rapper’s) Delight

Taught by Dudesical’s Jon Colby

Saturday, April 6, 2024, 3:00pm-5:00pm

45.00/Person

pre-req: You’re a scheduled Nestival performer OR you’ve completed Level 2 at The Nest

Are you afraid of rapping or even rhythm? It’s much easier than you think. Within two hours, you’ll be much more confident with your own rapping abilities and surprised at how much it brings to a standard improv show. Hip Hop 101 will teach any “geek off the street” (Regulate – Warren G) how to spit “more rhymes than the Bible’s got Psalms” (Jump Around – House of Pain).

CLOSED to 16 REGISTRANTS

Nestival Week 3 Workshops

Fix It or Make It Worse

Taught by Susan Messing

Saturday, April 13, 2024, 10:00am-1:00pm

125.00/Person

pre-req: graduate of Nest Core Curriculum by April 11, 2024 or Nestival 2024 performer from out-of-town

It is time to finally get answers to those questions and problems with improvisation that you have thought about forever and just can’t crack the code. This class is pretty self explanatory. Let’s break improv wide open, take rules out of the picture, and celebrate comedy again. If you’re in your head, this’ll rip it out. Perfect for people who have studied too much and learned too little. This 3 hour course *includes a non-transferable ticket to the Saturday Mainstage show DeFrancisco Messing Rizzutto and Lehr ($20), pre-sale*.

CLOSED to 16 REGISTRANTS

Story Structures

Taught by John Lehr

Saturday, April 13, 2024, 2:00pm-4:30pm

100.00/Person

pre-req: You’re a scheduled Nestival performer OR you’ve completed Level 3 at The Nest 

John is a sitcom developer, actor, and improviser from LA by way of Chicago! Story Structures will allow you to immerse yourselves in a world instantly! Initially developed for children to brainstorm for writing, Story Structures is a perfect form for improvisors to create a sandbox and play play play! **This class registration includes a non-transferable ticket to the Friday night show of Messing & Lehr ($20), pre-sale.**

CLOSED to 16 REGISTRANTS

Fix It or Make It Worse

Taught by Susan Messing

Sunday, April 14, 2024, 11:00am-2:00pm

125.00/Person

pre-req: graduate of Nest Core Curriculum by April 11, 2024 or Nestival 2024 performer from out-of-town

It is time to finally get answers to those questions and problems with improvisation that you have thought about forever and just can’t crack the code. This class is pretty self explanatory. Let’s break improv wide open, take rules out of the picture, and celebrate comedy again. If you’re in your head, this’ll rip it out. Perfect for people who have studied too much and learned too little. This 3 hour course *includes a non-transferable ticket to the Saturday Mainstage show DeFrancisco Messing Rizzutto and Lehr ($20), pre-sale*.

CLOSED to 16 REGISTRANTS

Story Structures

Taught by John Lehr

Sunday, April 14, 2024, 11:00am-2:00pm

100.00/Person

pre-req: You’re a scheduled Nestival performer OR you’ve completed Level 3 at The Nest 

John is a sitcom developer, actor, and improviser from LA by way of Chicago! Story Structures will allow you to immerse yourselves in a world instantly! Initially developed for children to brainstorm for writing, Story Structures is a perfect form for improvisors to create a sandbox and play play play! **This class registration includes a non-transferable ticket to the Friday night show of Messing & Lehr ($20), pre-sale.**

CLOSED to 16 REGISTRANTS