Effective lawyers don’t just know the law—they need core skills to apply their knowledge.
Lawyers need to be able to listen fully, engage and persuade people, read body language, adapt to the unexpected, and creatively solve problems in the midst of uncertainty and change. Applied improvisation is one of the most effective (and enjoyable!) ways to build these skills.
WIT@Work is Washington Improv Theater’s organizational training arm and we’ve led trainings for the DC Bar Foundation, GW Law School,McDermott Will & Emery, Kelley Drye & Warren, the US Department of Justice, and more. Our program director, John Windmueller, Ph.D., has over two decades of experience designing, delivering, and overseeing professional training and graduate education focused on communication, collaboration, and creativity.
How to engage WIT@Work
Bring WIT to your firm to foster professional development. Our Improv for Attorneys workshop uses improv-based principles and exercises to help attorneys better engage with clients and colleagues, to negotiate effectively and creatively, and to present and persuade successfully. Workshops can be hosted in-person at your site or online. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a session.
Let us organize an event for your Summer Associates. Improv can be a wonderful way for your summer associates to bond and get connected to the city while having fun and building skills along the way. We can host an event at your site, here at the theater, or online. Email email@example.com to arrange a session.
Pricing and other information
We offer online and in-person versions of all our workshops. These trainings are typically one to two hours in length and average $65 per participant (minimum cost is $900). Group sizes range from 5 to 300 participants and we work with you to design the specific workshop that fits your goals and schedule.
Download our full brochure here.
Clients rave: Cigna Mid-Atlantic President Monica Schmude says: “As much positive feedback I received from the first time that we had the event with WIT@Work— the second, the third, and the fourth, were just equally as positive. It’s such an amazing program.”
In the news
Did you know Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson used to do improv? WIT@Work John Windmueller spoke to Law360 about why improv is a valuable skill for lawyers.
About John Windmueller, Ph.D.
John Windmueller serves as the Director of WIT@Work, the applied improv and organizational training branch of Washington Improv Theater.
John has over two decades of experience designing, delivering, and overseeing professional training and graduate education focused on communication, collaboration, and creativity. In addition to his education and training background, he holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the Carter School and has extensive experience working as a facilitator and mediator, helping groups and communities have constructive conversations.
Along with directing WIT@Work, John performs regularly at WIT and at improv festivals throughout the U.S.
WIT@Work clients include: Deloitte, Marriott, Time Warner, Cisco Systems, Ogilvy, McDermott Will & Emery, Burness Communications, Goodwill Industries International, AOL, Sidwell Friends School, American Chemical Society, George Washington University, George Mason University, Wounded Warrior Project, IREX, KPMG, The World Bank, and The American Red Cross.
Curious about bringing some WIT to your workplace? Just fill out this questionnaire and submit it. Our WIT@Work Training Manager, John Windmueller, will be in touch with you shortly.
WIT@Work Intake Questionnaire
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