Marlene Thompson

Creative Director, Instructor

Born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Marlene always had a love of comedy. She remembers watching Monty Python with her parents and The Golden Girls with her Nona, which has given her an unhealthy obsession with British culture, Bea Arthur, and trying to be the smartest person in the room at any given time.

After graduating with a BA in Music and Composition from The University of Tennessee, she moved to Chicago to study improvisation and sketch at the famed Second City Conservatory and iO Chicago. She paid for her classes by being a music teacher and writing articles for random Chicago-based magazines.

Now based in Asheville, she is a founding member of and performer with Blacklist Improv, Family Dinner, The No-See-Ums and the AIC house team, You, Me and Them.  She’s thrilled to be teaching for AIC, bringing her experiences in Chicago to students.

Marlene has performed with various improv troupes at the Chicago Improv Festival, Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, Chicago Sketch Fest, Asheville Yes Fest, New South Comedy Festival and the Dallas Comedy Festival. She also does stand-up. Go Phillies. Go Cubs, go.