Washington Improv Theater Brings The Funny To Anacostia Workshops | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Washington Improv Theater Brings The Funny To Anacostia Workshops

Michael Bird and Justus Hammond get their improv on.
Andrew Bossi
Michael Bird and Justus Hammond get their improv on.

Washington Improv Theater (WIT) has brought improvisational performances to D.C. audiences for 15 years. Now for the first time, the group is travelling across the Anacostia River to educate and entertain Ward 8 residents. 

WIT's artistic and executive director Mark Chalfant says the company's first partnership with the Anacostia Arts Center is a fun way to test the waters in the developing neighborhood.

"I think Anacostia is a really exciting place right now. A lot of different forces have sort of aligned to create more arts opportunities there," he says. "Improv is, I think, one of the art forms that has the lowest threshold for entrance. You really just need yourself."

Chalfant says that improvisation is a useful skill, because is sharpens one's awareness of self and of others.

"It's approaching one another's ideas with a kind of radical positivity that does not come naturally to all of us, but when you really embrace this kind of thinking you will find that it takes you further forward, faster in collaborating with one another," he says.

The group will stage two performances at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night and will also host a free Intro to Improv Workshop from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

WAMU 88.5

Judge Says Only Students, Staff Can Block Corcoran Merger

An effort to block the merger of Corcoran with George Washington University and the National Gallery of Art has been blocked, after a judge ruled only those directly harmed by the plan have a right to intervene.

WAMU 88.5

Two Chicken Megafarms Proposed In Delaware

Delaware is already a big state for the poultry industry, but proposals for two new megafarms could take things to the next level.

WAMU 88.5

Transportation Secretaries Past And Present Sign Open Letter To Congress

Congress keeps kicking the transportation funding plan down the road, which has prompted a group of 11 former federal transportation secretaries along with Secretary Anthony Foxx, to call for long-term investment in infrastructure.

NPR

North Korea Is Not Pleased: Dance Video Features Kim Jong Un

Citing a threat to the leader's dignity, North Korea reportedly asks China to block a video that inserts Kim Jong Un's image into bizarre situations, all set to a bouncy dance track.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.