Erick Acuña Pereda

Born and raised in Peru, Erick learned that the language of improv is universal. Erick believes that no matter where we come from, we all can improvise. At the end of the day, improvisation is not scripted, and nor is everyday life.

Erick started his improv journey in 2010 at Ketó Improv Theater in Lima, Peru. After moving to the US a few years later, he completed both Washington Improv Theater’s and New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade’s programs. He has performed and led improv workshops around Latin-America.  

He currently performs with WIT’s Harold team Fran and WIT’s Production Improv Actually. In addition, he can be spotted performing every week with indie teams Press Play, Couch Money, Sábado Picante, Invisible Knapsack, Paterick, Bring Back the 90s and Kaleidoscope.

Photo by Edward Pérez

Student Feedback

“Erick was a fantastic instructor! He fostered such an open and fun environment to practice in and always provided very candid and constructive feedback. I also appreciated his emphasis on and reinforcement of basic improv principles.” 

“Erick brings a great deal of enthusiasm to his teaching. He excels at highlighting specific behaviors and actions that help a scene along, and continuously offers clear and meaningful support to everyone in the class.”

“It was wonderful learning under Erick, he was very supportive during class. He gives thoughtful and detailed feedback to every player and shares with us the great techniques he has as a performer.”

Current Ensembles
Favorite improv warm-up
Anything that requires singing
Hidden Talent
Not getting lost without a GPS

Erick learned English (and calling out the unusual thing in everyday life) by watching Seinfeld.

Erick is from Peru, a magical place known for Machu Picchu, ceviche, and … long-form improv? Erick first studied improv comedy at Ketó Improv Theater in Lima, Peru. In 2012 he moved to the US in search of the Seinfeld life (oh, and also to work as a human rights lawyer). He is so happy he has found it in the D.C. improv community.

Erick has completed WIT’s and the Upright Citizens Brigade’s programs. He currently performs with WIT’s Harold team Fran, and WIT’s Production Improv Actually. In addition, when not playing with indie teams Press Play, Couch Money, Sábado Picante, Invisible Knapsack, Paterick, Bring Back the 90s and Kaleidoscope, Erick plays 90s punk rock and ska on his guitar, tries to recreate his mom’s Peruvian cooking, and waits until he can do improv again. 

Current Ensembles
Personal Hero
Chespirito
Best Dance Move
Pretending to know how to Salsa