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 has studied with WIT, UCB, Dojo Comedy, Chinese Menu Comedy, District Improv, and LIT. Ryan is a member of WIT company ensemble iMusical. He also plays with WIT production The Fourth Estate and indie projects Bear Trap, Dayzee Chain, Fish Outta Water, SPACE QUEEN, and several duos. He previously played with WIT Harold teams After Pie, Tiovivo, Not Great with Kids, and Blot, WIT production Citizens’ Watch, and indie teams Neighbors, Cake Bagel, Big Boy Nap Time, 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 Kian McKeller

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

Ryan loves improv because it combines childlike joy with adult intelligence.

He loves the classroom because it’s a safe and magical place of adventure, growth, and incomparable fun. So bring your unique voice and come play in the moment with emotional honesty, surprising choices, and supportive teamwork!

Ryan has studied with WIT, UCB, Dojo Comedy, Chinese Menu Comedy, District Improv, and LIT. Ryan is a member of WIT company ensemble iMusical. He also plays with WIT production The Fourth Estate and indie projects Bear Trap, Dayzee Chain, Fish Outta Water, SPACE QUEEN, and several duos. He previously played with WIT Harold teams After Pie, Tiovivo, Not Great with Kids, and Blot, WIT production Citizens’ Watch, and indie teams Neighbors, Cake Bagel, Big Boy Nap Time, and Helper Pony.

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!”

From a pet’s mom on my dog-walking route: “Ryan was so good with Wyatt. He is more confident for having had Ryan as a walker.”

Photo by Kian McKeller

Current Ensembles
Personal Hero
Kill Your Darlings
Favorite Food
ALL the cheese