Electives and Workshops

We offer advanced improv and sketch classes as well as focused workshops for honing writing and performance skills. These are an opportunity to work specific comedy muscles over a single session or a few sessions.


Patrick Gantz Workshop

Patterns and Games focuses on the mechanics on improv scenes, building and supporting everything, making it all matter, and making your scenes into machines.

Intructor Bio:

Patrick started improvising in the seventh grade at James W. Robinson Secondary School thanks to the passionate Douglas “Chip” Rome, the school’s theater coach who established the Northern Virginia improv comedy scene withTheatre Sports Competitions.  For college, Patrick went to The University of Virginia only to find fifteen a cappella groups, five dance companies and no improv – so he started The Whethermen.  After college it was off to Chicago, where Patrick studied at the IO Theater, at the Annoyance Theater and at the feet of the many masters of the art.  His House Team at IO was Alpha Squad, coached by Jason Chin.  Of his side projects, he is most fond of The Second Cityborn Chairs, directed by Bina Martin, that stood out in Chicago and was a smash at the Edinburgh Fringe Fest, whereThe Guardian called him “somewhat overwrought.”  Patrick left Chicago for a relationship, but he did not abandon his affair with improv.  In Washington, DC, Patrick linked up with WIT, The Washington Improv Theater, where he taught (building out the curriculum), coached (the 1st coach of Season Six), performed (with JackieBest FriendsBullsh*t, Deuce, Neutrino Video Project, etc.) and had this nice thing written up about his performance at Del Close.  A new relationship that grew into a marriage (love you, Crista Whitman), brought Patrick to Richmond, VA, where he currently performs, teaches and coaches with The RCC, The Richmond Comedy Coalition.


Workshop: Alan Thicke 3-Week Workshop

This will be a format-driven 3-week workshop working on the Alan Thicke format taught by JC Calcerano, DC's leading teaching and coaching force for the Alan Thicke. This format provides structure related to all scenework but is especially relevant to those interested in Monoscene.

Next offering: TBD--if interested, email classes@dojocomedy.com!

Instructor: JC Calcerano

Workshop: Ground and Pound

Activate your scenes! In this workshop we will focus on finding a world for the fun to exist in as soon as possible and playing that world for all it's worth.

Next offering:  TBD

Instructor: Murphy McHugh


Workshop: Back In Time 3-Week Workshop

This workshop focuses on a medium-longform format called Back In Time, essentially longformizing the short form game Back In Time. As played, the formatic focus will be on making game-informed choices that create an inverted lineage of events. It'll be a fun challenge.

Next offering: TBD--if interested, email classes@dojocomedy.com!

Instructor: Murphy McHugh




Past Workshops

Numerous Instructors have come to Dojo Comedy to lead workshops including:

Solo Characters with Amanda Xeller

Mask with JC Calcerano

Improv Bootcamp with Kevin Mullaney

Harpo and Zeppo with Abe Woycke

Improv in Motion with Ian Farley

Structured Monoscene with Ian Farley

Satire Writing with Reductress' Sarah Pappalardo