Back in the fall of 1999, an ad appeared in The Buzz at the University of Rochester. It announced the formation of an improv troupe “in the style of Kids in the Hall.” Unfortunately, when a bunch of interested students arrived, they realized that it was for a public-awareness skit troupe, not anything that was actually funny. In light of this, a few of them decided to branch out on their own and form their own troupe. Included in that number were Paul Nellis and Samay Gheewala. When they first started, they were joined by Eric Hoffman and Sasha Goldberg. At about the same time, two other students, Dave Howland and Jamie Delman, were bored and decided to create an improv troupe of their own. Initially there was some confusion (what with two troupes and all), but when Dave and Jamie had an open call for anyone on campus to join them, Sasha, Eric, Paul, and Samay decided to take them up on it. The troupe started out as a place for them to hang out, play improv games for fun, and to improve their skills.

In the Spring of 2000, the troupe began to grow, adding members and putting on the first shows at Drama House. A performance of The Iliad at Todd Theatre brought a lot of new people into the troupe, and as word about the troupe spread, they adopted the name “In Between the Lines.”

In the Fall of 2000, the troupe was formally organized into a performance group with meetings on Mondays and Wednesdays. They maintained the open aspect of the troupe by allowing anyone to participate in Monday rehearsals.

In the Fall of 2001, the troupe became an SA recognized group and began this awesome webpage!

In the Fall of 2002, the Theater Department decided to create an umbrella structure to supports arts on campus, such as improv.