Jordana MishoryWashington Improv Theater
Jordana Mishory comes to WIT following nearly a dozen years as an award-winning journalist in Washington, D.C. and South Florida.
Prior to starting as WIT’s operations manager, Jordana spent seven years reporting on acquisition, auditing, and IT reform at the Defense Department with Inside the Pentagon. And while at the Daily Business Review in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Jordana covered a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme and exposed judicial wrongdoing. Her stories led to the institution of more diversity training for judges and were the first to probe how Florida’s secretive judicial watchdog agency operated behind closed doors.
A graduate of Northwestern University, Jordana has served on the District Improv Board since 2014, overseeing the selection committee and helping to organize the annual festival.
A long-time WIT teacher and coach, Jordana performs with House Ensemble Love Onion and with the 2016 production of POTUS Among Us. Jordana has also performed with indie teams Cake Bagel, Sweater Kittens and Jos. A. Banksy, among others. She helped plan Improvapalooza for four years and firmly believes it should be a national holiday.
Jordana Mishory spent her 15th birthday playing improv freeze tag with her theater buddies. Prophetic, really, because now it's a party every week creating scenes with Fisticuffs!
A graduate of Washington Improv Theater’s training program, Jordana teaches at WIT and plays with indie troupe Cake Bagel, all-female super-group Sweater Kittens and former WIT Harold Team People Like Us — where she spends most of her time onstage trying not to giggle at her hilarious teammates. Jordana also has trained at UCB Theatre in New York. She’s performed at the Chicago Improv Festival, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, District Improv Festival, and the Del Close Marathon.
Jordana cooks, cleans and fishes more in scenes than she does in real life. Despite loving to make things up, she couldn’t come up with a better name for her cat than Namey.
Photo by Darian Glover
Jordana Mishory's improv journey began in 2011 when she said “yes, and” to signing up for a WIT class.
When Jordana Mishory met improv, it was love at first sight. Like, eyes-bulging, tiny-hearts-floating-around-your-head, ready-to-commit-for-life love at first sight. More than six years later, the attraction is still going strong.
During the day, Jordana works as WIT’s operations manager. At night, Jordana teaches Harold and Ensemble classes at WIT and performs with House Ensemble Love Onion. She also plays with subversive artists Jos. A. Banksy, science-minded improvisers in The Hypothesis, and all-female super group Sweater Kittens. She was a cast member of WIT’s POTUS Among Us 2016 and previously played with long-time indie stalwarts Cake Bagel. In her free time, Jordana serves on the District Improv Board.
She has performed at festivals across the country including the Del Close Marathon and the Chicago Improv Festival. Jordana completed the WIT curriculum and trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York. She has spent enough money on workshops over the years to presumably purchase her own private island. (She assumes, having no idea how much private islands cost).
Jordana is a strong advocate of side-coaching with an intense focus on believable emotions and strong deals. She is a stronger advocate of having the most fun you’ve ever had in your entire life while on stage. She spends most of her time in scenes trying not to giggle at her hilarious troupemates.
“Jordana is passionate about improv–she made the class a lot of fun and pushed me to try new ways of playing.”
“Jordana is great! Very patient, animated and fun-loving. She included everyone and facilitated tons of fun games and activities!”