The Faces of IA
Meet the family
Co-founder & CEO
As the CEO of Improv Asylum, IA innovation and Asylum Gaming and Esports (AGE), Norm brings the experience of building companies from the ground up into mult-million dollar businesses. Norm understands first-hand why culture is integral to long-term success and has built a team that exemplifies why communicating, listening and trusting are so important.
Norm is on a never-ending quest towards the continued development and expansion of Improv Asylum’s theatrical and IA innovation’s business divisions and leads Improv Asylum and IA Innovation’s strategic business and artistic vision locally, nationally and globally.
Main Stage Actors
Kelly studied Theater at Suffolk University where she got her start with improv as a member of the Nationally Award winning troupe Seriously Bent. Kelly has performed at The PIT in NYC, taken classes with Upright Citizens Brigade, and is an alumnus of IA’s NXT cast and House Teams. She is thrilled to be back for another Mainstage revue! She would like to thank her father for being her rock, her sister for being beautiful, and her friends and roommates for creating the best family a gal could ask for. She dedicates this and all shows to her mother. Let it be.
Sarvenaz Ashley Elmi is an Iranian American actress, writer, and comedian from the place where those are made: Boxford, Massachusetts. She began her career at Improv Asylum Boston in 2011, working as an actor and writer on The NXT Cast. Her improv credits also include Improv Boston’s Cage Match Championship Title with WNBA, an all-female troupe, as well as a weekly variety show with Just Suspects Comedy. In 2014, she moved to New York City to continue her pursuits, writing and performing sketches at The People’s Improv Theater with T Sketch Comedy and Steve’s Hard Milk. She graduates from the Riggio Honors Program for Writing and Democracy at The New School in 2019, and is honored to be on the first Main Stage cast at Improv Asylum New York. Follow her on Instagram @AshleyElmi. Thank you so much for coming!
Sarvenaz Ashley Elmi
Erin is excited to join the Main Stage cast! Erin got her start doing improv at a summer camp when she was ten years old and from there she was on teams throughout high school and college. She enjoys a buttery croissant, hikes, and documentaries about cults. Grateful to be able to play pretend into adulthood, Erin is ecstatic to share the stage with her friends. Erin would like to thank her family and friends for providing emotional, physical, and financial support as she follows her dreams. She is humbled to be able to work with such a talented community of actors and directors and hopes that she can continue to fool them into keeping her around.
Vicki Hanes hails from West Roxbury, MA and has been a performer since the ripe age of 6. She studied Theater Performance at Suffolk University in Boston where she got her start with improv on the award-winning college troupe, Seriously Bent. Vicki went on to be a performer on the Main Stage cast at Improv Asylum Boston until she moved to New York in the Fall of 2017. Vicki is also a student at UCB and frequent performer at many of the improv theaters around the city. She’d like to thank her parents, her sister, and her countless pugs. Check her out at vickihanes.com and follow her @theyoungvic on any currently relevant social media platform.
Alex is thrilled to be a part of the Main Stage cast. In addition to the weekends, he can be seen on Monday nights with resident House Team, Leather Gang. Alex is also a founding member of the Boston based indie group, Just Suspects. Other interests include customer service and paying rent. He would like to thank his friends and family for their continued support. Enjoy the show!
Trevor was born on Cape Cod and moved to Boston to study acting and writing at Suffolk University in 2006. Trevor spent the next eight years traveling around North America performing improv and sketch comedy with his award-winning college improv troupe and with the critically-acclaimed Improv Asylum Boston cast. In 2014 Trevor took his talents and student loan debt to the Big Apple where he performs in the shows Simply Unemloyable, Angry Landlord, and Small Talk. You can also check him out playing obnoxious football fans on TheKicker.com or really showing his range as a Jock in the “80’s Bullies” Geico commercial. Follow him on Twitter @hoagiejr because that is what all the kids are doing. Trevor thanks you, his sister Alex, and his mom and dad (an even better twitter follow @hoagie64) and hopes you enjoy the show.
Joey Lopez was an Air Force Captain and alum of the Air Force Academy before he threw it all away to pursue entertainment full time. Joey would like to thank his babe of a wife, Siobhan, for putting up with his Lego addiction, feeding him, and her constant support of his comedy pipe dreams. A big thank you to his friends and family for coming to shows. Special thanks to Bill Connolly, Marty Johnson, Kiley Fitzgerald, Ryan McFarland, Teddy Myers, Jeremy Brothers, Tony Passafiume, and Ryan Bernier for putting Joey on stage with people far funnier than him. Joey is one sixteenth Mexican… Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
John is so excited to be on the Mainstage! Really, it’s so much fun! You can also catch him on Sunday nights with the NXT cast, Tuesday nights with House Teams, Wednesdays with the Just Suspects, and any other night walking around with his dog. He got his start with Seriously Bent at Suffolk University, grew up in California, and served in the Coast Guard. Thanks to friends, family, and Woodrow Wilson.
Ceara is stoked to be a member of the Main Stage cast! Ceara has also performed with Face Off and All-Access Improv across the river at Improv Boston. When she isn’t improvising, Ceara is usually eating barbecue chips or trolling the internet.
Christian is very excited to be performing on the Main Stage of Improv Asylum. Christian can also be seen performing at the PIT on Student Driver and was recently a member of a monthly comedy show called “Angry Landlord” at The Producers Club in Hells Kitchen. Christian completed the UCB Improv Training program and has received the Diversity Scholarship multiple times. When he isn’t performing on stage, he’s working with Three Bridges Productions run by Lara Goldie and Catherine Beckett. Together the team has created over 35 sketches and three comedic pilots. Christian has appeared on HBO’s “Random Acts of Flyness,” and CBS’s “Bull.” You can find even more at christianroberts.net. His mom still thinks he’s visiting New York to interview for “real jobs.”
Cavan, which is pronounced like Gavin but with a C, is thrilled to be on the first Improv Asylum New York cast. He started studying and performing improv at Suffolk University and Improv Asylum Boston. In the past he has been part of the NXT and Main Stage Casts in Boston. Cavan has also taken classes and workshops at UCB and The Second City and has done a number of live shows throughout New York. In 2014 he moved to New York to pursue his dreams of being type-cast as an ambiguous-meth-addicted-prostitute-teen, which oddly enough he doesn’t play in this show! To learn more about him follow him on Instagram or Twitter @cavanrogers.
Dana is a performer, teacher, coach, and ridiculous distance runner originally from Framingham, Massachusetts and currently in a long term relationship with Washington Heights. Dana has been improvising at Indie Road on Sundays at 7 with Student Driver at The PIT for almost as long as she can remember. She can also be found putting puns in the oven with ComedySportz NYC. Dana is super honored to be making her debut at Improv Asylum alongside this immensely talented group of people.