(he/him)Washington Improv Theater
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.
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
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 improv, sketch, and satire with WIT, Dojo Comedy, UCB, The Second City, Reductress, Chinese Menu Comedy, District Improv, and LIT. Ryan is a member of WIT company ensemble iMusical. He also plays with indie projects An Evening with Georgia Tennessee, SMASH CUT, Dayzee Chain, Fish Outta Water, and SPACE QUEEN. He previously played with WIT Harold teams After Pie, Tiovivo, Not Great with Kids, and Blot, WIT special productions The Fourth Estate and Citizens’ Watch, and indie teams Direct 2 Video, Bear Trap, The Hardy Boys, Neighbors, Cake Bagel, Big Boy Nap Time, Not Even Close, and Helper Pony. Ryan teaches musical improv, comedic songwriting, and core curriculum at WIT, leads musical improv jams, and coaches chronically.
Ryan is a member of WIT company ensemble iMusical, teaches musical improv & comedic songwriting, and coaches musical improv troupes Door #3 and All In, Pitches!, as well as nonmusical teams including WIT Harold team The Lineup.
“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 Ryan’s dog-walking route: “Ryan was so good with Wyatt. He is more confident for having had Ryan as a walker.”
Photo by Kian McKeller