Adult Classes


We are thrilled to announce that ACT will be hosting the Asheville School of Improv for upcoming adult classes. All Asheville School of Improv classes are taught by Tom Chalmers. Each session includes 8 2-hour classes. Cost: $225 if registered before March 29, 2017; $240 afterwards.

Improv I: The Basics of Inspired Improvisation

April 4-June 6, 2017
Tuesdays, 6:15-8:15 pm
Class dates: 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 6/6 (Note: no class on 5/2 or 5/30)

Incorporating aspects of the top improv programs in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, this course covers the fundamentals of improvisational acting with an emphasis on comedy; such as listening, commitment, adding information, agreement, intuitive reaction over desperate invention, as well as recognizing and capitalizing on emerging patterns. The class is crafted in such a way to have participants gradually gain their improv instincts through enjoyable and achievable exercises rather than teaching them the taste of disappointment and frustration. Students will gain experience in unscripted comedic performance through improvised stories, scenes, games and group structures. The final class will be open to friends and family to attend to give the students a chance to feel the lift of performing for a live audience.

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Improv II: Beyond the Basics – Learning to Fly

April 3-June 19, 2017
Mondays, 6:15-8:15 pm
Class dates: 4/3, 4/17, 4/24, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 6/5, 6/19 (Note: no class on 4/10, 5/1, 5/29 or 6/12)

Improv II will reinforce all of the skills learned in Improv I by applying those skills to advanced scene work, original character development structures, and intentionally conflict-filled scenarios. Beyond Basic will encourage students to no longer be bound by the rules of improv but to swing freely and see that the strategies are not restricting but sound instincts. Students will gain further experience in unscripted comedic performance through more involved improvised stories, scenes, games and group structures. The final class will be open to friends and family to attend to give the students a chance to feel the lift of performing for a live audience.

Prerequisite: Improv 1 or extensive improv experience (approved by instructor)

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About the Asheville School of Improv

The Asheville School of Improv has emerged as the central training ground for aspiring improvisers in the Asheville area. Led by esteemed instructor Tom Chalmers, the Asheville School of Improv offers classes that cover the fundamentals as well as the finer points and far-reaching possibilities of performing in an improvised format. More and more people from more and more places are saying “yes” to The House of “Yes And,” from those focused on a future as an improv comedian, to aspiring actors seeking to expand their skills, to interested individuals who are intrigued by the challenge of the sport of spontaneity.

Launched in 2016 , the Asheville School of Improv grew out of the former Asheville acting conservatory, NYS3, which had been offering improv classes since 2012, all taught by one teacher, Tom Chalmers. A graduate of Columbia University, Tom has been absorbing, performing, and advocating improv comedy for over thirty years. While at college, Tom spent summers in Chicago studying with Second City and Improv Olympic, where he learned under improv legend, Del Close. Tom chose to stay in New York where he trained with The Groundlings East / Gotham City Improv. He was a student, performing company member, teacher, and eventually Artistic Director. While in New York, Tom also trained with the Upright Citizen’s Brigade and Burn Manhattan. Tom’s former students have gone on to work on such shows as Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons, and Family Guy, as well as several successful feature films. Tom has been an instructor at NYU, a guest lecturer at Columbia, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Warren Wilson College. Tom takes all the best ideas and approaches from all the people and programs that he has worked with and blends them together to define his supportive yet demanding style of teaching.

Questions? Please contact Waylon Wood at 828-254-2939 ext 21 or at He is in the office from 10am until 4pm Tuesdays – Fridays.