In a serious town that is often tightly scripted, WIT engages audiences with unscripted performances and ignites the spirit of play through intensive training programs. It has given birth to an improv scene across the city, offering free weekly performances and filling classrooms with adults hungry for the creative boost and social outlet improv provides. The faculty brings passion and skill to teaching the craft, and 1,500 students a year learn active listening, brainstorming, collaboration, and self-awareness and unleash their inborn creativity. WIT also works with community partners at Marie Reed Elementary, with veterans through the Armed Services Arts Partnership, women overcoming homelessness at Calvary Women's Services, older adults at Capitol Hill Village, and youth at Sitar Arts Center and Project Create. That's called leaning into your belief that improv is a creative outlet that should be available to all.

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 (FY2023)

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

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