FAQ

CLASS REGISTRATION

How often do classes meet?
All classes meet once a week, for two hours, unless otherwise noted (i.e.: summer camp or an immersion course). Most courses are 7 weeks long with a showcase on the 8th week.

Do classes meet on Holidays?
Nope, not the big ones! Holidays observed by the Training Center include: Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years. Depending on the day of the week your class is scheduled, a make-up may be scheduled.

What if I have to miss some classes?
In order to encourage AICs philosophy of commitment to a group and an ensemble, students are allowed to miss no more than two classes in each 7-week session (You may make up a class).

Where are classes held?
Most of our classes are held at Habitat Tavern & Commons (174 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801) unless otherwise stated.

Can I audit a class before I decide if I want to enroll?
Nope. We do not allow auditing of our classes.  However, we do have a free improv jam the last Thursday of every month from 7:30-10:00 pm where you can learn more about our improv program. Potential students are also encouraged to check out shows and showcases to see if it is something they might be interested in. Most of our performers are graduates of our Training Center.

When can I enroll in classes?
Classes are posted on a rolling basis and registration is ongoing. If you do not see a date or time for a class that works for you, check back in a few weeks or contact us directly!  All our classes are listed on the Classes tab of this website or here

Where do I park for class?
After 5:00pm and all weekend long, you can park behind Habitat Tavern & Commons and Moog for free! There is always free parking across the street from High Five Coffee.

Is there a student showcase? And, when will that student showcase be?
Each class participates in a showcase, which will be scheduled for the last week of classes. Showcases are scheduled and shared with instructors once the term has begun, typically in the 2nd or 3rd week of classes. If you know you might have a conflict with a potential showcase date, please share this with your instructor as soon as possible. While we cannot guarantee that we will be able to work around all of our students’ schedules, we do try to accommodate as best we can when scheduling showcases if given advance notice.

I have prior experience in improv/sketch. Do I need to start at Level 1?
Yes. All improv students, regardless of prior experience, begin with Improv Level 1 .

I have no prior performance experience. Will I be okay?
Absolutely! Our classes are geared toward students of all experience levels.

What are the benefits of being a Asheville Improv Collective student?
Besides mastering long-form Improv? While enrolled in classes, students are granted free admission to all student showcases and all AIC improve shows, unless otherwise stated.  Students also receive a 10% discount at High Five Coffee (you’ll have to show your student ID at check-out to receive the discount).

Do you offer Kids Classes?
This February will be the officially kick-off of our Kids Classes, however we do have a Winter Break Camp for Kids ages 7-10 starting December 20th through the 22nd from 9am – 5p.  You can learn more here and reserve your kids spot today!

 

REGISTRATION/PAYMENTS

How can I guarantee my spot in a class?
Due to our limited class sizes, placement isn’t guaranteed until payment has been received prior to the first day of class.

What if I can’t pay all at once?
We offer a payment plan if you can’t pay the entire $150 tuition up front. You can put a deposit of $50 to secure your spot. Payment Plan tuition balances are due by the third week of class.  You’ll need to contact dana@aicasheville.com to discuss the payment plan and reserve your spot!

In addition to a payment plan, we also have an internship program that is available for students after they successfully complete Level 1. If accepted, the cost of your class is waived for working for AIC. For more information email .

There are no refunds. All sales are final. If you cannot attend the class you registered for, we can roll your tuition to be used during another session as long as you contact the Training Center 24 hours prior to the class beginning.

 

SHOWS

What kind of shows does AIC feature?
AIC hosts mostly long-form improve.  However, we also have short-form, sketch and stand-up comedy shows.

Where is the AIC Theater located?
We don’t have our own theater (yet) but almost all of our shows are hosted at our partner’s location, Habitat Tavern & Commons (174 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801) unless otherwise stated.

Where can I park?
Behind Habitat and Moog after 5pm during the week and all weekend long you can park for Free!  There is also Free Parking across the street from High Five Coffee.

What are AIC Classes held?
Most of our classes are held at Habitat Tavern & Commons (174 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801) unless otherwise stated.

Do you host private events or corporate workshops?
Yes, we do!  If you’d like more info on corporate workshops/shows/private events, contact: clifton@aicasheville.com

How do I buy tickets/claim my reservation?
Advance Tickets: AIC offers advance tickets for Specialty shows only! You can purchase them online at https://squareup.com/store/aicasheville

Tickets at the Door:  Most of our ticket sales are done at the door. You can pay with cash or card!

What time should I arrive for a show?
Most of our shows are at 9:00PM with doors opening at 8:30PM, unless otherwise noted. We typically begin seating anywhere from 15-30 minutes before showtime.

Do you accept credit cards?
AIC accepts all major credit cards for admission to shows.

Can I photograph/videotape/audiotape the show?
Absolutely NO video or audio recording is permitted without explicit permission from both the creative director, owners and performers.  Still photography is allowed without flash.

Do you serve food or alcohol?
We don’t, but Habitat has beer and wine!  Once in a while they have a food truck and we’ll do our best to let you know, however, Habitat always allows you to bring outside food in!

 

PERFORMING

Can I perform improv at the AIC Theatre?
The majority of the cast members of our improv troupes are current/former students/faculty members of the AIC Training Program.  AIC improv performers are trained in our long form Improvisation Training Program. Students are eligible to audition for various house teams after a certain level of improv has been completed. Auditions are held on an as-needed basis. Completion of our improv program does not guarantee placement on a team.

How do I put up my show with AIC?
All shows are booked at the discretion of our Creative Director.  Most of the shows hosted by AIC are developed by alumni of our Training Program, however outside submissions are absolutely welcome. You can submit your show to marlene@aicasheville.com

If our FAQ page hasn’t answered you’re question, please contact dana@aicasheville.com and she’ll be happy to help!