WIT’s classes meet for two and a half hours once a week for 8 weeks. Please check your schedule carefully to ensure that you can attend all class dates. If you expect to miss more than two of the eight classes in the session, you should wait until the next term to take a class. Students who miss more than two class sessions of any class must re-take that class before advancing to the next level. Students who miss three or more class sessions may be dropped from the class at the instructor’s discretion; no refund or credit will be issued. Please email your teacher if you know you will miss a class.
Being more than 30min late to class will count as an absence. Students who are continually more than 15min late to class may be asked to repeat the level at the instructor’s discretion. Email your teacher if you are going to be late. A teacher can structure that day’s lessons differently if there are multiple students who won’t be there on time. Also your teacher and your fellow students will worry about you!
WIT does not allow students to drop in on different sections in order to make up for a missed week. We wish to respect the progress of each individual class. If you must miss a class, please check in with your instructor to see what you missed
You understand that participation in improvisational theater involves the risk of personal injury or loss due to the physical, mental, and emotional challenges in the programs and activities offered by Washington Improv Theater. You also understand that participation in these programs or activities is entirely voluntary and requires participants to follow instructions and abide by all applicable rules and the standards of conduct. You are not aware of any conditions that increase my likelihood of experiencing a personal injury or loss while engaging Washington Improv Theater’s programs or activities.
With appreciation of the risks associated with Washington Improv Theater’s programs or activities, you hereby fully and completely release and waive any and all claims for personal injury or loss, including costs and attorneys’ fees, that may arise against Washington Improv Theater, including its teachers, staff members, volunteers, students, or other persons associated with its programs or activities. This release and waiver applies to any personal injury or loss that may occur as a result of any other program or activity of Washington Improv Theater.
WIT’s classes program strives to create a welcoming and safe creative atmosphere for all. Students are a part of creating this atmosphere and those whose conduct violates it will be removed from class by WIT, with their tuition refunded. WIT does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, sexual preference, or disability. That said, students with disabilities or any special needs are asked to contact WIT before registering for a class, so we can do our best to provide an accommodating class experience
WIT retains absolute control over its class enrollment. WIT has the right to remove any student from class at any time for any reason, on a temporary or on a permanent basis, at WIT’s sole discretion with full tuition granted. WIT also reserves the right to restrict registration to any student, on a temporary or on a permanent basis. WIT does not remove a student from class lightly, but sometimes it may be necessary to maintain a welcoming and safe creative atmosphere.
WIT classes are suitable for adults 18 years of age or older.
For Level 2 and above you must watch at least two improv shows while enrolled to pass the level. We offer free shows every Tuesday on Harold Night, where there is a student jam after the last show. WIT shows tend to happen every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. There are improv shows other nights of the week from various groups in the area. Check out the District Improv calendar. Please talk to your teacher about non-WIT shows that count towards your two-show minimum. We understand that some of you can only manage one night a week out for class. Your teacher can also suggest videos to watch if you aren’t able to make a show. That being said, we strongly encourage you to see live shows. It’s incredibly helpful for your growth as a student and your enjoyment of the craft in general.
Level 1 and Level 2 classes go on sale as soon as we are able to confirm the dates and times. Upper level classes so on sale two weeks before classes start. Students must register online. We cannot hold a spot for you in class. A class is considered sold out when 12 students have registered.
Students often form a tight bond with their classmates. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to be in the next level with all your improv buddies. WIT classes have a very competitive registration process, so you should all coordinate what teacher or day of the week you’d like to take classes well in advance. Be prepared to split up with some of your friends for one term if necessary—playing with as many new people as possible will make you a better improviser overall!
Class registration includes a $50 non-refundable deposit. Class withdrawal refunds can be processed up to eight days prior to the class start date. No refunds or credits may be issued to any student who withdraws less than eight days prior to the first day of class, or after a class has commenced. If you must transfer from one class into another, a $25 transfer fee will be assessed.
For waitlists, email email@example.com with the subject line “Waitlist” with the day and level of class you are interested in taking. Should a spot become available, you will be notified immediately by email and given 24 hours to respond to sign up for the class. The wait list is disabled one week after the class commences. If you sign up for another class in the meantime, you will be charged the $25 transfer fee to transfer classes should a spot become available.
Advancement in WIT classes is not automatic. Students advance to the next level in the curriculum when they meet attendance requirements and/or their instructor deems them ready to move on. Repeating a class is a common occurrence and students often choose to repeat or revisit a level of the curriculum to build greater mastery.
If it has been more than two years since you were enrolled in class you may be asked to repeat a level. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before signing up.
Please review the class description to ensure you meet any prerequisites for the class you select. WIT will contact you if we have questions about your registration.
If you are coming from another theater, please email email@example.com to discuss which class to start. Every training program is different, with their own set of values, vocabulary, and approaches to improv. WIT is dedicated to making sure that you enter into our program where it is right for you and for your potential classmates! Please be prepared to provide the following information:
- Where did you previously study improv (university, other improv school)?
- Who were your instructors?
- What courses did you take with them and when (month/year)?
If, after the first class, you and/or your instructor feel like you would be better suited to a different class, we can arrange for you to transfer classes at no extra charge.
WIT classes must abide by the venue’s availability. For information about weather closings, check the WIT Facebook page and Twitter account. If your class takes place at CentroNia, please check the DCPS website as well. As soon as we know about the availability of the space, we will e-mail students and put information online. In case of a cancellation, a make-up class will be scheduled.