Jordana Mishory

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 covering the Defense Department and Congress as a reporter 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 and chaired the festival in 2018 and 2019.

A long-time WIT teacher and coach, Jordana performs with House Ensemble Uncle Gorgeous and teams The Hypothesis and Galbraith & Mishory.  Jordana was also 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 helped plan Improvapalooza for four years and firmly believes it should be a national holiday.

Current Ensembles
Trivia Team Contributions
90s Pop Culture, History, and Current Events
Hidden Talent
Tap Dancing
Not-So-Hidden Talent
PUNS!

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 teams The Hypothesis and Galbraith & Mishory.

Jordana was also 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).

When not doing improv, Jordana spends a lot of time watching “Survivor,” and only a little time actually making that “Survivor” audition tape she keeps talking about. Despite loving to make things up, she couldn’t come up with a better name for her cat than Namey.

Photo by Darian Glover

Current Ensembles
Favorite Color
Turquoise
Personal Hero
My Mom
Go-To Object Work
Brushing my teeth

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 teams The Hypothesis and Galbraith & Mishory.

Jordana was also 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. Jordana directed Hellcat from 2017-2019.

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.

Student Feedback

“Jordana’s feedback, during and after scenes – super sharp yet supportive, helpful, on-point, committed to getting to the bottom of a scene dynamic without losing too much time getting confused about it. It was the best feedback I’ve ever received.”

“Jordana really, really, really loves improv, and wants us to love it too. And I love her for that.”

“Jordana is incredibly smart and big-hearted in her style of providing feedback, while still being laser-focused on coaching students how to make scenes easier and more fun to play, even if it means doing a scene exercise 3-4 times with tweaks. Jordana constantly has these wonderful pearls of insightful wisdom about scenes (that seem to be germane well beyond improv!) about focusing on the things that matter.”

 

Current Ensembles
Best Known For
Always carrying a large cup of coffee or chai
Favorite Dance Move
The Assisted Breath, as made popular in the final dance battle in "Step Up 2: The Streets" and season four of "So You Think You Can Dance"
Patronus
Leslie Knope