About Washington Improv Theater

Kevin Mahoney, Patrick Slevin, and Bam Alston of WIT ensemble Madeline. Photo by Jeff Salmore.

Washington Improv Theater is the District's premier destination for longform improv. For more than 20 years, our mission has been to unleash the creative power of improv in Washington, DC.

WIT has staged POTUS Among Us every four years since 2004, but our regular shows feature our family of company ensembles, Harold teams, featured ensembles, and special productions. More than 23,000 audience members attend WIT shows every year at our home stage at Source on 14th St or at venues all over DC. Check out our calendar of virtual improv performances outside of the POTUS universe.


Our classes program was recently selected as DC's Best Art Class by readers of the Washington City Paper. You don’t have to be a “funny person” to take an improv class; you just have to be prepared to have fun. Whether you’re an aspiring

performer or just someone who wants two-and-a-half hours of fun every week (alongside exciting, creative classmates), everyone stands something to gain by taking a WIT class. You can sign up for a Level One class or test the waters at a free virtual Improv for All workshop.

WIT student performance. Photo by Richie Downs.

Organizational Trainings

From small nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies, the WIT@Work program has helped organizations of all shapes and sizes learn how to build teams, improve communication, and unleash creativity. Even as our work has transitioned online, our clients routinely tell us that not only are our sessions a ton of fun, but also they are among the most effective professional development options around. A former client told us: “I’ve heard nothing but compliments by everyone, and that NEVER happens. I mean, NEVER.”

Community Outreach

Improv has the power to build self-confidence and communication skills. It breaks people out of their silos and provides connection in a world that can feel disconnected. As a 501c(3) nonprofit, WIT has a broad array of community projects including workshops for youth in DC Public Schools (Marie Reed Elementary, Capital Village PCS), classes for women experiencing homelessness at Calvary Women's Services, and classes for returning veterans through the Armed Services Arts Partnership. You can support this work with a donation to WIT.