About WIT

Washington Improv Theater is the District's premier destination for longform improv. For more than 16 years, we've exhilarated audiences with our one-of-a-kind performances, unleashed the creativity of thousands of Washingtonians through our life-changing classes program, and brought our spontaneous brand of professional development to workplaces across the area.


Washington Improv Theater stages the most innovative and dynamic longform improv in the the Washington, D.C. area. Reaching over 13,000 audience members each year, our audiences keep coming back because WIT shows are consistently entertaining, exciting, and smart. Our performers have gone on to work on Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show.

In addition to shows at Source (in the heart of the 14th St. Corridor), WIT stages performances all over the DC area including Anacostia Arts Center, DC Arts Center, and Takoma Park Auditorium.

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You don’t have to be a “funny person” to take an improv class; you just have to be prepared to have fun. Whether you’re an aspiring performer or just someone who wants two-and-a-half hours of fun every week (alongside exciting, creative classmates), everyone stands something to gain by taking a WIT class. Thousands of Washingtonians have taken our classes, which have been called “the most fun you can legally have.”

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From small nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies, WIT has helped organizations of all shapes and sizes learn how to build teams, improve communication, and unleash creativity. Our clients routinely tell us that not only are our sessions a ton of fun, but also they are among the most effective professional development options around.

A former client told us: “I’ve heard nothing but compliments by everyone, and that NEVER happens. I mean, NEVER.”

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The Story of WIT

Since 1986, through many twists and turns, Washington Improv Theater has prospered and evolved ― both organically and by design. This timeline is a mere sketch of the rich and intricate story of WIT.

Our History

Lisa Kays isn’t just a longtime WIT teacher and performer on the indie team Neighbors, she’s also a licensed social worker who is passionate about improv’s mental health benefits. Lisa is in the middle of her first Improv for Mental Health Professionals class, which helps practitioners apply the lessons of …

Running out of options to entertain your kids? Have they already watched Frozen a dozen times since the storm began? Here are three improv games that can help keep them occupied while stimulating their creativity. They’re best suited for kids six and up (but, hey, give ’em a shot with the little ones …

WIT alum Zhubin Parang is the head writer for The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. He began his long-form improv career with WIT, where he was a member of the long-running ensemble Jackie and festival favorite Dr. Fantastic. He is an alum of the Upright Citizens …

The Word is Out

"One group of people in DC knows how to improvise, and that's the Washington Improv Theater. WIT should not be missed on a visit to Washington."

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WIT's craft has drawn together an inspiring community of people from throughout the DC area with a wide array of backgrounds.

Players, audience, teachers, staff members, students, donors, board members, and organizational clients all intersect to make WIT possible.

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”
― Plato

WIT’s mission:

To unleash the creative power of improv in DC.

To engage audiences with performances that exhilarate and inspire.

To ignite the spirit of play in Washington with a revolutionary training program.

To create a home for improv, connected to the life of the city.

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