Dojo Comedy Instructors
Murphy has been writing, performing, and living comedy for over ten years, starting with standup and then moving to improv and sketch. He discovered his love for improv after auditioning for a college group and getting fully hooked. In 2008 he started training at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and The People's Improv Theater. Murphy has trained with Shannon O'Neill, Kevin Hines, Neil Casey, Billy Merritt, Gavin Speiller, Joe Wengert, Anthony King, Kurt Braunholer, Pat Shay, Rebekka Johnson, Matt Donnelly, and others. He moved back to DC and has been teaching, coaching, directing, and playing in Washington since then. Murphy currently performs improv with Season Six and sketch with Brick Penguin, as well as jumping into a variety of other shows.
"Presented info clearly, dug deeply into each topic and question asked."
Jen has been writing and performing sketch comedy in DC since 2013. She learned sketch writing classes at Dojo Comedy as well as through workshops with Joe Schiappa, Amanda Xeller, and Murderfist. Jen trained in improv at Washington Improv Theater. After TAing Dojo’s sketch writing classes, Jen began teaching sketch writing classes at Dojo Comedy, which she's been doing since 2015. Because that's apparently not enough for this sketchmonger, Jen also facilitates and hosts Dojo’s monthly sketch jam, and she writes and performs with Dojo’s sketch comedy house team, Frankie. She can also be found writing for Dojo's late night talk show: A Place to Fail with Tim Montgomery. Past credits: Ladies' Sketch Show: 77% As Funny (co-writer) in 2015, 3 Dojo student/alumni sketch shows from 2015-2016 (writer-performer), and several Frankie shows since 2016 (writer-performer).
"Jen was great!"
"Taking this class was an awesome experience. Jen and Sarah did a great job of providing helpful feedback while being encouraging to the whole group."
Sarah Fell started taking sketch classes in 2009 and has had the bug for sketch ever since. An editor by day, she keeps a keen eye on the written word, especially when structuring jokes, and is a resource of positive and critical feedback. Sarah was a co-founding member of DC sketch group Hand Poured and is currently working on a 2-woman sketch show.
Former student quotes:
"Great perspectives, excellent feedback, real concern for our growth"
Richie has been performing improv since 2013, when he moved to D.C. from California and was looking for fun. Not athletic enough for bocce and too uncultured for bar trivia, Richie found improv and thenceforth loved it. Loves it! He has studied at Dojo Comedy and Washington Improv Theater. He currently performs with Dojo Harold team BEAR COPZ, as well as the indie teams Huggy Smalls: The Notorious H.U.G., Invisible Knapsack, Asian Moms, and Until One Day. He has performed in theaters and festivals all over the East Coast.
When Alan discovered improv, it slingshotted him into a brave new trajectory. Improv melded his passion for jazz, writing, and comedy while meeting engaging people from all walks of life. Since then, he has studied at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, Dojo Comedy, WIT, DC Improv, and Chinese Menu Comedy. During the day, he teaches 8th grade English and runs a creative writing program for his middle school students. He has a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland, and he is always expanding and digging to take on new creative challenges. He currently performs improv with the groups Company Blood Drive, The Bully, Radar, and Anybody But Tim. Scientifically, he is a rare specimen known as a DMV local, though he seasonally migrates.
Jonathan Porat has been performing improv since 2013 and teaching and coaching since 2015. He has studied at the Washington Improv Theatre and through workshops from instructors from the UCB, Annoyance, and Magnet theaters. He is a proud member of the Dojo Comedy harold team BEAR COPZ and performs regularly with various improv teams in local theaters throughout the DMV and across the country at festivals.
Stacy has been performing improv since 2010, and teaching since 2013. She has studied improv at the UCB Theatre (NYC), Magnet Theater, Washington Improv Theater, and the DC Improv. She has also taken workshops with instructors from the Annoyance Theatre, iO, The Second City, and the Miles Stroth Workshop. Stacy has also studied physical theater (clowning and bouffon) at the Center for Movement Theatre in DC. Stacy currently performs in DC with Love Onion, Asian Moms, Typecast, Poetic License, High Crhymez, Mr. Meaner, and Sweater Kittens. She performs in NYC with indie team The Prince and the Pretzel.
"Stacy is a wonderful teacher. She creates a safe space where everyone can be free to explore their weirdness and engage in the creativity of improv. With Stacy, there is no right or wrong, only places to grow and develop. She looks for the best in all of her students and brings a fun space for exploration into all of her classes."
"Stacy is the most amazing teacher! She's kind and supportive, but knows how to nudge you out of your comfort zone. Her class is the perfect place to step into improv for the first time, and you will come away from it empowered and clamoring for more. She is fun, articulate, patient, brilliant, and she has the greatest laugh in the world!"
"Performing improv in front of strangers was a nerve-wrecking idea at first, but that changed shortly after my first practice session. Since that first class, Stacy has helped us find more confidence and energy in our selves. Most importantly, she taught us to that performing improv is about having blast as a team."
"Taking class with Stacy is so much fun! Her class is great way to spend a few hours a week outside the normal busy DC life. Her outgoing and kind personality makes everyone feel comfortable and she encourages her students to challenge themselves and their capabilities. Stacy's students learn so much in her class and it creates a strong foundation for future improv classes."
A DC native, Ari started performing improv in 2008 while at the University of Maryland when she joined a sketch/improv comedy group, The Bureau. She continued in the DC comedy scene and fell in love with it. For the past two years Ari has lived in Thailand and performed with the Bangkok Comedy Club doing shows in Bangkok and other cities around Southeast Asia. Now happy to be back in DC, she is excited to get reacquainted with this thriving community.
Xavier is an actor, improviser, and man of the people. He's been performing onstage since he was a child and, as an adult, he still aggressively seeks out child-like play and performance (except now with more skill and tenacious fun). Xavier is a strong advocate for the human spirit and feels that improv is one of the purest sources of human truth. He performs regularly and he has trained a bunch, so he knows what fun looks like and he knows what skill looks like, and he loves both equally. When you see him, you'll recognize that he wants to share that love with you.
Former students have said:
“Xavier is amazing. A talented leader, really great knowledge of the craft, fun attitude, clear instructions… Would definitely take a class with him again.”
“Xavier was a great teacher and showed that he cared about his students. He was able to cultivate a closeness and trust among the students. His feedback at the end of the course was very helpful.”
Abe has been teaching and coaching since 2010. He has trained at the UCB Theatre, Annoyance Theatre, Washington Improv Theater, and DC Improv. He has performed with local teams Season Six, People Like Us, and Sandwich and the Jets, among many others.
Quotes from Students:
"Abe is a seasoned and consummate professional-- funny, charismatic, socially intelligent, extremely knowledgeable about his craft, and a relentless self-improver."
"I was really impressed with how efficiently Abe ran practice."
"Simply put, Abe is a good teacher."