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Comedy Conservatory classes are split into five levels, ranging from Beginner to Advanced. Classes begin at 200 dollars for the entire course class . We offer classes during the week as well as the weekend to better suit the schedules of our diverse student population. Classes are kept small so that each student gets plenty of personal attention and a lot of support. Students at La Nuit theater also benefit from our encouragment program. We not only want you to enjoy your classes, but our shows as well. La Nuit Produced programs and shows offer free admittance to all students.
In this class you are introduced to all the fundamental skills of improvising, while improving your ability to listen and explore the power of building off other people’s ideas.
Upon completing our training program, you’ll have the skills and confidence to deliver outrageously funny, honest and riveting improv, strengthen your acting skills, write laugh-a-minute stand-up routines and work in a team to bring a group of ideas into a unified goal and execute it with professionalism and positivism. We train our students to behave as professionals and it shows.
Our students have been scouted by every local casting directer, as well as Mosaic Media (Will Ferrell’s agent and development company), top stand up bookers, and comedy development companies from around the US.
What is Improv? Here’s an article from Wikipedia.
This class is geared towards aspiring sketch comedy writers. The culmination of the class will be a show produced at the end consisting of student sketches that students can invite industry representatives to see. The class will consist of students breaking down what makes a consistently funny sketch, and how to play to local New Orleans’ audiences so your show sells!!
La Nuit brings in masters from outside of New Orleans from time to time to teach our master classes. This is a benefit to our students, only. There is either no charge or only a small charge for these classes with working professionals from our field. It’s our way of saying “thank you” to our students, and our way of adding value to our classes. These master classes ensure that OUR students are ready to take on the professional world upon graduation. In the past, we’ve brought in working actors from “Curb your enthusiasm”; “Wizards of Waverly Place”; and “MadTV” just to name a few.
This fall, Mosaic Media will be scouting our students, alone, here at La Nuit. Mosaic is Will Farell’s agent and development company.
La Nuit is proud to have this friendship with them.
To sign up or for information, please contact us at 504-231-7011 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Former Second City instructor Yvonne Landry has 19 years of professional comedy experience. Her background includes a BFA in Performing Arts from Columbia College in Chicago, and she is also a graduate of the Annoyance Theater and Improv Olympic (Chicago).
Yvonne has trained or performed with with the top improvisational teachers from around the country, including: Del Close, Charna Halpern, Mick Napier, and Matt Besser, Susan messing, Don Depollo, Fran Adams, Matt Besser, Joe Bill, Miles Stroth, Norm Holly, Jeff Richmond, Carey Goldenburg, Jodi Lennon, Mindi Stirling, James Grace, Paul Vaillencort, Dick Chudnow, Patrick Short, James Baile, Matt Walsh, Eric Hoffman, Jill Bernard, Molly Erdman, Peter Gwinn, TJ Jagadowski, Rich Fulcher, Bill Chott, Rich Talarico, Bob Dassie, Scot Robinson, Mary Watchel, and Craig Cackowski.
Her acting experience is also extensive – she most recently appeared in Treme and has appeared other feature films: The Reaping, Big Mommas House 2 and Deja Vu. You won’t find this much experience in an improv teacher anywhere else in the Gulf South. She’s also worked as a casting associate for the television industry for 5 years.
Besides teaching improv, Yvonne is also one of the South’s leading corporate trainers. She does individual and corporate coaching. She is also the founder of the New Orleans Comedy and Arts Festival.
Robin Johnstone is originally from North Carolina and attended the University of NC at Chapel Hill, majoring in Dramatic Art and Media/Studies and Production. She moved to Los Angeles after graduation, where she worked as production assistant, personal assistant, assistant production coordinator and casting director on independent shorts and feature films. She also began performing improv, sketch and stand up all over LA–having trained at IO West, Second City Conservatory, the Groundlings and UCBLA. This training led to commercial roles for Ballsy Bear, Purell, Rolling Rock, and RC Willy. She began teaching children’s acting and improvisation with Signature Entertainment in Beverly Hills and was the guest improv instructor for the Young Actor’s Camp. Robin first visited New Orleans in 2004 when her all-female improv troupe Wink headlined the Southern Improv Fest. She permanently moved to NOLA in October 2012 and will be attending graduate school at UNO in the fall.
Todd Grove has worked in the comedy industry for over 30 years.
He started as an improvisational actor with the Second City Training Center
after his successful touring comedy group in and after college. He started stand up comedy in 1988 and was the house MC at the Improv Chicago for two years.
After performing on the road for several years, he was given the opportunity to talent coordinate Catch A Rising Star, and become the general manager. He became the talent coordinator at Caroline’s Comedy Club on Broadway in New York, and took the job of managing Rob Becker’s Defending The Caveman, the longest running one man comedy show in history.
He moved to New Orleans in 2003 and works with Huka Entertainment who books festivals and venues throughout the nation – running the comedy department.
Bill Chott has written and performed on The Dana Carvey Show and Saturday Night Live cartoons with Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell. Kids know Bill as Mr. Laritate from Disney’s Hit The Wizards of Waverly Place.
Bill trained at The Second City, and worked with Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz, among many others. He was a big part of the founding of both The Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater and The Improv Olympic West. He teaches adults, children, corporations and donates his time and energy to important causes like Special Olympics.
He is a founding member of Opening Night: The Improvised Musical, and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Baby Wants Candy. He was in the very first Armando Show in Chicago and the first A.S.S.S.C.A.T. in New York.
Bud Faust is a humorist and playwright from New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the author of Great Moments in New Orleans History (Volumes 1 and 2) and has had several plays produced in and around the city, including one (Gettin’ Dirty with Guy Camaro) performed as part of the New Orleans Improv Festival and another (To Hell and Back, Somewhat) being a winner in Le Chat Noir’s 7th Annual New Play Festival.
Beautiful Bastards, his critically acclaimed play about the founding of New Orleans, was likened by The Times-Picayune to “what it must have been like watching the Marx Brothers segue from vaudeville to Broadway comedies.”
Bud served as the head writer for the inaugural season of The Red Light District Variety Show and currently writes a monthly column for The New Orleans Levee newspaper.
Rudy Vorkapic is the editor, publisher and founder of The New Orleans Levee Newspaper, the satirical newspaper of New Orleans, but don’t hold that against him. Vorkapic (pronounced – eh, don’t worry about it, even his mother says it wrong) was a Chicago newspaper reporter and editor (City News Bureau of Chicago, The Daily Southtown, The Daily Herald, The Chicago Tribune) for more than 20 years.
Vorkapic, a lover of New Orleans since he was in college, moved to the city permanently (there was this girl) a year before the federal levees failed at the time of Hurricane Katrina. In the frustrating and infuriating months following the levee breaks, when every level of government and most genres of media were lying and failing this community and nation, Vorkapic had the idea to fight back through, seemingly, the only avenue left – ridicule.
Thus, this former member of “mainstream media” who once thought his industry did a decent job of reporting matters, had his eyes opened wide and, thus, The New Orleans Levee and it’s motto, “We don’t hold anything back,” was born.
“The (New Orleans Levee) paper intends to get to the heart of matters by redirecting the inane back at those who spew it. That definition itself makes The Levee non-partisan,” Vorkapic wrote as the paper’s mission statement on Page 1 of the first edition of The Levee, which published one year to the day of the deadly levee failures.
As an editor after a successful reporting career covering and breaking many of the biggest stories for many of the news organizations he worked for (crime, legal affairs, politics, natural disasters including a Chicago-area tornado that killed 28 people, to leading the Daily Herald’s 9/11 coverage on the day of the event), Vorkapic also took great pride as an editor in training and the professional development of the paper’s writers and editors.
Vorkapic has reported on nearly every type of story imaginable under all kinds of conditions for newspapers, numerous magazines and online publications. In writing for, editing and publishing The Levee, Vorkapic applies his news background in a satirical manner, rather than a comedy background taking on the news. This creates an approach that makes The Levee unique. The Levee aims for truth through humor under the standard that humor most of the time is only possible by touching on the truth.
The New Orleans Levee is a free, monthly satirical newspaper that prints 45,000 copies, distributes to nearly 400 locations in New Orleans and the surrounding area, enjoys subscribers in two-thirds of the country and several continents and is available online at nolevee.com.
Vatican Lokey is a multiple award-winning actor and performer who has starred in multiple productions at Southern Repertory Theatre, Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre, Le Petit Theatre, and many others. His career is studded with New Orleans premiere roles in such shows as Grand Hotel, Chess, Opus, Wit, Grey Gardens, the American premiere of the British musical Scandalous and most recently the official NOLA production of Forbidden Broadway. Since 1992 he has been a proud member of Porta-Puppet Players, New Orleans’ premiere touring puppet theatre, and has both starred in and constructed the puppets for dozens of PPP shows. On television, locals will not only recognize him from his numerous appearances on the mornings shows but as the creator of Prof. Carl Nivale the Mardi Gras expert & factotum for WWL TV’s Morning Show. Classical radio listeners know him as the host of ‘The Sunday Classics’, a popular music program focused on modern classical music that ran for two years on WWNO. The award-winning playwright is also featured in two books about New Orleans theatre, ‘The Soul of the City: Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre’ by Dr. Rebecca Hale, and Michael Cahill’s biography on New Orleans theatre legend Stocker Fontelieu. Currently, Mr. Lokey is in pre-production for the upcoming independent film “Free Spirits” and recently recorded the role of Beth/Bob for the concept cast recording of the new New Orleans musical Nine Lives with Tony Award winning actor Michael Cerveris. For 19 years he has been married to another local theatre legend, Edward R. Cox and both are staunch advocates for the cultural & historical preservation of New Orleans.