In a serious city that is often tightly scripted, Washington Improv Theater plays a valuable role: engaging audiences with unscripted performances and igniting the spirit of play through intensive training programs. Clearly, improv is catching on. WIT has given birth to an improv scene across the city: offering free weekly performances on 14th Street (always popular), expanding its performing company to 77 players, and filling its classrooms with adults hungry for the creative boost and social outlet improv provides. Its faculty brings passion and skill to teaching their craft to 1000 students a year who learn active listening, brainstorming, collaboration, and self-awareness – and who unleash their inborn creativity. While its main audience is young professionals, WIT has diverse partners and works in every ward of the city; CentroNia charter school in Columbia Heights, for example, is home to WIT's classes and workshops for the mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program. Winner of a Helen Hayes Award for artistic direction, WIT makes improv a creative outlet that’s available to all. You can play along.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Adult (25-49)

Population(s) Served: Not applicable

Schools They Work In: WIT works with numerous area schools to find ways to share the ideas and experience of improv with students.

Awards & Recognition

Best Small Theater 2010 - Washington Post Express Night Out Reader Poll


  • True Street Theater
    Fri Aug 14 2009, Washington Post  
    Although it would seem that having free run of a street and all its infinite props would open up a world of possibilities for any actor ...

Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Washington Improv Theater is: Less than $500k

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