Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson has been performing with various improv groups since 1998.

David Johnson is an actor, improviser, improv teacher, improv director/coach, and a mainstay of D.C.’s improv community. He has a B.A. in Drama, an M.F.A. in Acting, and has been a member of many improv troupes, including: onesixtyone (Washington Improv Theater’s original troupe), Dr. Fantastic, Werewolf Mcbutterbone (Winner of WIT’s Tournament of the FIST), Anant Nag, Dial M for Nasty, and NimprovYC (among others), and is currently working with Topher Belavia in the duo, Calvin. He also has extensive experience acting in scripted productions at theaters such as The Kennedy Center, New Dramatists (NY, NY), Theater Alliance (D.C.), Catalyst Theater Company (D.C.), Center Stage (Baltimore, MD), and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and continues to act in film and on web and t.v. commercials. As a teacher with WIT (’04 – Present), he taught most levels of the curriculum in addition to the self-created, Relax—Improv for Actors and Acting for Improvisers. He has directed or coached numerous troupes, including: onesixtyone, Press Play, Hot and Sweaty, The Lodge, Aboulia, The Charmichaels, Prettier Than You, Commonwealth, Trust Fall, and Request for Protest.

Student Feedback

“Dave has all the qualities that I look for in an excellent teacher. He is patient, kind, sets expectations, pushes students to challenge themselves, loves his work and craft, is well prepared, takes the class seriously (despite the comedic nature), and is very supportive to first-time participants and non-actors (like me!). I learned a ton about teaching from Dave.”

“Dave is awesome, both as a teacher and as an improviser. He really pays attention to the group and makes sure everyone is involved and taking the most out of it.”

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