WIT strives to create spaces for self-exploration and creative expression for diverse communities within DC.

Improv has something to offer everyone, and everyone has something to offer through improv. From our classrooms to our stages, we aim to provide an accepting and safe environment for people of all backgrounds and identities. We believe that to create our best work, we need diverse participants and diverse voices.

On this page, you’ll find information about our programs and policies that further our efforts to make WIT a more inclusive place – in line with our organizational values.

Related pages:

•  Read more about our policies for non-retaliation, discrimination and harrassment prevention, and our student code of conduct.
•  Learn about WIT’s community partnerships, which enable people in all eight wards of the District to take part in improv workshops and classes.

Improv for All

Washington Improv Theater is dedicated to sharing the ideas and spirit of improv with all of DC. WIT’s free introductory workshops are high-fun, low-stress classes designed to show you how improvisers create spontaneous, off-the-cuff theater. Our enthusiastic and friendly instructors work to make sure everyone is able to participate in a playful and trusting atmosphere.


Who it’s for: Students from underrepresented communities seeking to begin WIT’s training program. Financial aid will be awarded based on need as well as race, ethnicity, social identity, and personal background. You can read more about our efforts to address income inequality here.

Students selected will receive financial aid to cover portions of the cost of Levels 1 thru 5, contingent upon meeting the learning objectives required to complete each class. You can apply for the scholarship at any time, but there are specific deadlines to be considered for each class session.

If you are a current student, or have experience at another theater, you are welcome to apply! The scholarship is not retroactive but will cover future class costs for the core curriculum.

Deadlines to apply:

Summer 2024 (classes start 3rd week of June) – applications due Friday, April 26, 2024
Fall 2024 (classes start 2nd week of Sept.) – applications due Friday, July 26, 2024
Winter 2025 (classes start 2nd week of Jan.) – applications due Friday, Oct. 25, 2024
Spring 2025 (classes start 2nd week of April) – applications due Friday, Feb. 2, 2025