Ryan Brookshire

Prior to calling DC home, Ryan Brookshire lived in TN, NC, Austria, Egypt, and Germany. He began improvising in 2014 and hasn't caught a cold since.

Ryan completed WIT’s curriculum and has taken additional coursework and workshops through WIT, Dojo Comedy, District Improv, Chinese Menu Comedy, and LIT. He plays with WIT company ensemble iMusical and WIT production Citizens’ Watch. He previously played with WIT Harold teams After Pie, Tiovivo, Not Great with Kids, and Blot and with indie troupes Cake Bagel, Big Boy Nap Time, Neighbors, and Helper Pony.

When not writing bios, Ryan writes sketch on Celtx, jokes on Twitter, and songs on guitar. He holds degrees in Music Education and German but still does the bidding of all cats everywhere. He plans to die like he lives: under suspicious circumstances.

Photo by Jeff Salmore

Best Dance Move
The 90s
Childhood Nickname
Aren't you Michael's little brother?

Ryan firmly believes that a stranger is just an improviser you haven't made your dad yet.

Ryan loves improv because it combines childlike joy with adult intelligence. He loves the classroom because it’s a place of adventure, growth, and incomparable fun. Bring your unique voice and come play in-the-moment with surprising choices, emotional honesty, and supportive teamwork. Zero tolerance for racism, sexism, or bigotry of any kind, and no patience for lazy stereotypes. Because we’re better than that!

Ryan completed WIT’s curriculum and has taken additional coursework and workshops through WIT, Dojo Comedy, District Improv, Chinese Menu Comedy, and LIT. He plays with WIT company ensemble iMusical and WIT production Citizens’ Watch. He previously played with WIT Harold teams After Pie, Tiovivo, Not Great with Kids, and Blot and with indie troupes Cake Bagel, Big Boy Nap Time, Neighbors, and Helper Pony. Ryan has an Education degree and instructional experience in Music and Languages.

Student feedback

“Ryan is a great teacher who always manages to find the sweet spot between thoughtful and fun.”

“My favorite things about Ryan’s coaching style are his clear comedic voice and his ability to help others find theirs.”

“Ryan is a focused and compassionate teacher. He provided detailed, individualized feedback that really helped me progress as an improviser.”

“I attended one of Ryan’s workshops and he was extremely encouraging as I took my first steps into the improv world. He is both friendly and supportive, and he provides a safe environment for everyone willing to go for a fun and unique experience!”

Personal Hero
Dr. Zoidberg
Favorite Food
ALL the cheese