Premise-Based Initiations with Jordana Mishory

Learn how to pull premises from source material like interviews and monologues. Practice recognizing premises so your responses are laser-focused on the fun.

Here’s a Premise: Sharpen your top-of-scene skills with a workshop focused on creating clear, precise and fun premise-based initiations.

This workshop will teach you how to quickly pull inspiration from an opening (i.e. a monologue) or a prior scene, and then clearly and succinctly convey your idea to your scene partner. We will also work on the best way to respond to a premise-based initiation in an aim to help ensure easier and more successful scenes.

This workshop will focus on:

  • learning how to identify inspiration, and what to pull forward in a premise-based initiation
  • clearly conveying your idea to your scene partner so that everyone is on the same page at the top of a scene
  • the difference between premise and game (in that sometimes premise is game, but not always)
  • how to respond to a premise-based inspiration to ensure successful scenes

In addition to premise-based formats such as the Armando, these skills are super useful for second beats and third beats of Harolds, as well as with tag outs and the Dusty.

Note: there will be minimal scenework during this workshop. The bulk of the time will be spent on pitching initiations and responses in an aim to sharpen those top-of-scene tools.

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 eight years later, the attraction is still going strong.

During the day, Jordana works as WIT’s operations manager. At night, Jordana teaches advanced classes at WIT and performs with House Ensemble Uncle Gorgeous and indie teams The Hypothesis and Galbraith & Mishory.

Jordana was a cast member in The Heist, an improvised drama about a bank robbery gone wrong, as well as WIT’s POTUS Among Us 2016. She previously played with long-time indie stalwarts Cake Bagel, Jos. A. Banksy, and WIT Ensemble Love Onion

She has performed at festivals across the country including the Del Close Marathon and the Chicago Improv Festival — as well as at The Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage New Play 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.

Level 3: Character, or permission from the Education Director
Premise-Based Initiations

Tuesday, February 18th 7PM - 9:30PM

1420 Columbia Rd NW


Jordana Mishory