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!

Leaving class 30min early will also count as an absence.

If you must miss a class, please check in with your instructor to see what you missed.

Participation in the student showcase is not a requirement and does not impact advancement. Showcases are a ton of fun though and most students prioritize their schedules to be able to perform.

For Levels 1 thru 3, you may request to attend another day of the week if you are going to miss a scheduled class. WIT cannot guarantee a make-up class will be scheduled! Do not assume it’s possible. We will try our best to accommodate requests that meet the following guidelines:

  • Make-up classes are only scheduled if it will cover the same week of material missed. Classes on different days of the week are not always aligned.
  • Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance from the date you will be absent.
  • Make-up classes are only allowed for weeks 1 thru 7. No make-up classes will be scheduled for week 8 of class.
  • Level 1 classes are capped at 14 students. Level 2 and 3 are capped at 13. Once those limits are reached, you will not able to attend that class to make-up material.
  • You may not schedule more than two make-up classes per session.
  • WIT does not allow makeup classes for Levels 4 and 5.

To schedule a make-up class, please fill out this form. The Education Director will then contact you with potential makeup dates. Once you have confirmed these dates you will be emailed the room info and your teachers will be notified of the make-up classes. You will not need to email teachers about the make-up date.

After you have attended your make-up class, your primary teacher will mark you as present for that week so that your absence is not counted against you.

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 apply to any personal injury or loss that may occur as a result of any other program or activity of Washington Improv Theater.

Participation in classes involves the recording and preservation of an improv performance by your class. As a participant, you give permission to record the performance of your class show. You are not required to participate in this class show and it has no impact on your eligibility to take future classes. The main purpose of recording this class show is to provide students with the ability to share their performance with people who are unable to attend the show in person. However, Washington Improv Theater reserves the right to use this performance for promotional material.

You release and hold harmless Washington Improv Theater and its agents from any and all liability or claims in connection with and arising out of the performance, including but not limited to claims for invasion of privacy, right of publicity violation, copyright or trademark infringement, slander, libel, or misappropriation. You hereby grants, assigns, and transfers to the Washington Improv Theater a world-wide, perpetual, nonexclusive, royalty-free license to use, in whole or in part, all of the rights, including all literary, publicity and property rights, to publish in any media, language or technology now known or later developed, to duplicate, remix, edit or otherwise use and dispose of the recorded and/or transcribed performance.

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 who need specific accommodations are asked to contact WIT before registering for a class.
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.

Refer to the WIT’s Code of Honorable and Fun Behavior to get a sense of what we expect from our students.

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.

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 go on sale at least 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. A 13th spot is reserved for special circumstances as long as the teacher allows it.

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 $55 non-refundable deposit. Transfers to another day or time can be done free of charge up to 6 days after the start of class, provided there is room in another class.
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 request to transfer within eight days before it starts, and before the second week of class occurs (usually 14 days after the start), you may transfer to the next session free of charge. All subsequent transfers are subject to a one-time $15 transfer fee. No subsequent transfers will be allowed after one year from the first free transfer to the next session.
There will be no transfers after the third session of class (usually 21 days after the start).
For waitlists, email classes@witdc.org 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 may be charged the $15.25 transfer fee to transfer classes should a spot become available.
For Level 1 classes, there is no longer a managed list for individual days. Your email will be added to a waitlist group and the group will be emailed when openings occur. Registrations for Level 1 are first come first serve. After 24 hours the open spot is made available to the public.
Within two days of a class starting, WIT reserves the right to fill open spots regardless of waitlist position. We will do our best to hold spots based on the list order but decisions to fill an open seat may happen in a matter of hours, including putting the class online available to the public, as opposed to the normal 24 hours.
No refunds are given for WIT U workshops. We recommend utilizing Facebook and friend networks to find someone to take your spot.
Advancement in WIT classes is not automatic. Students pass a class when they meet attendance requirements and/or their instructor assess they have met the goals for the level. 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 classes@witdc.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.

Students who successfully complete our Level 5: Harold class, and are certified by their Level 5 teacher, are eligible to take the core curriculum classes–Levels 1 thru 5–with a 50% discount. Eligibility for Advanced Format classes requires additional certification from either the Education Director or teacher.

If you have completed the curriculum at another long form improv theater, please email classes@witdc.org to discuss which class to start. We use long form class hours and familiarity with a curriculum to assess placement. WIT core-curriculum classes are 20 hours each, for 100 total hours of instruction. 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?
  • When did you complete the curriculum?
  • Any additional classes or relevant experience we should know about?

If you have not completed a curriculum at another long form improv theater the highest level you will be placed is Level 2. If your Level 1 did not provide 20 hours of long form instruction, or it’s been more than two years since you’ve taken classes, you will be asked to start at Level 1.

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.