The Asheville Improv Collective (AIC) started out as a tiny dream Clifton and Dana Hall had when contemplating moving from the brisket-scented streets of Dallas, Texas to set down roots in the quirky mountain town of Asheville, NC.
As graduates of the vaunted Dallas Comedy House (DCH) improv program, Clifton and Dana were at the ground floor of the thriving Dallas improv community and watched it grow from a quiet two-person scene into a massive group scene, almost overnight.
Eventually, Clifton became a teacher at DCH and Dana performed in several troupes; all culminating in a marriage scene they both said "Yes, and..." to.
After settling on Asheville, the Halls wanted to bring that same strong sense of community to the mountains that they experienced deep in the heart of Texas. So they started AIC in a small office space downtown with a handful of students and a couple of raggedy notebooks .
Along the way, they crossed paths with George Awad, a local improvisor never too far away from a laugh or a cappucino. He, too, wanted to recreate in Asheville the kind of improv community he witnessed on his visits to Chicago. George was busy putting together improv shows at a coffee shop downtown and eventually invited the Halls to teach their classes in the same space.
Quickly, the three joined forces and AIC became a full-fledged partnership, teaching four levels of classes and producing improv shows for Asheville's laugh-hungry denizens. I would say the rest is history but frankly, history is what we're still making!