Kelsey PetersWashington Improv Theater
In Kelsey’s family, a really bad joke is called a “Kelsey Joke.” Out of spite, she set out to become a serious comedian in 2014. The name remains.
Kelsey graduated WIT in 2016. She has since completed the curriculum at Dojo Comedy, and taken classes at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre. She plays around DC with independent teams Trustfall, Couch Money, Rancy Neagan, One Wet Dog, and Dojo house team Cutlass Supreme.
As a classic ENFP*, Kelsey gains inspiration from those surrounding her. Therefore, she tries to spend most of her time with her cat Tonks, watching the Gimli parts of Lord of the Rings, and with this woman at work that everyone is afraid of.
*Kelsey knows very little about Myers Briggs personality tests, her college roommate made her take the test before allowing Kelsey to move in. It worked out.
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Kelsey believes everything you need to learn about improv can be learned from a preschooler: why would you watch that kid eat mud when you can eat it together?
As a teacher, Kelsey creates an environment where no one feels like the “weird kid,” because she believes that in reality, we’re all the “weird kid.” With support from teammates, she believes every unusual choice or mistake can be made into great, original comedy. By empowering students to let loose and to celebrate differences, she hopes to teach her students to become the ultimate fun exposers
She taught preschoolers for three years so she’s legit, but she’s also completed the curricula at Washington Improv Theater and Dojo Comedy, and has taken classes at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre.
She plays on independent teams Trustfall, Couch Money, Rancy Neagan, and One Wet Dog. She was the assistant director for Vagina! An Improvised Monoglogue show. When she’s not improvising, she’s walking her cat, practicing yoga, or buying everything at REI.
“Kelsey made everyone feel instantly comfortable, any intimidation I had was totally gone by the 2nd class. Improv night became my favorite night of the week!”
“Kelsey’s style of teaching improv feels like a friend teaching you something new that they are excited about.”
“Kelsey did an amazing job working with first time improvisers to make us feel comfortable. Right from the beginning, the classroom was a safe space. She never asked us to do something she wouldn’t demonstrate herself, so we could take risks and really learn without fear. Her feedback was always helpful and she worked hard to make sure we had a great foundation to build on.”
Photo by Kian McKellar