The exclusive teacher of improvisational comedy at the DC Improv for more than six years, Shawn Westfall teaches classes in beginning improv, advanced short-form and long-form improv, as well as improv workshops focusing on character, long form, and non-traditional improv techniques. His classes (and the numerous performances they’ve generated) have been featured in the pages of The Washington Post, The Washington Post Express, Washingtonian magazine, as well on Washington Post Radio, DC 101, and WTOP Radio and most recently on The Food Network’s “Dinner: Impossible!”
Not only has Shawn taught the principles of improv to individual students, he’s also taught improv as a strategy for fomenting creativity, team-building and organizational development to various private, public and non-governmental organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Discovery Channel, B’nai Brith Youth Organization, Touchstone Consulting, Booz Allen Hamilton, and The Washington Post Company.
Shawn has performed improvisational comedy for over 15 years with a number of professional improv troupes, including Loose Screws in Honolulu, Hawaii and The Oxymorons, a nationally recognized improv troupe in San Antonio. A former member of both DC ComedySportz and DCUPS (DC Unscripted Players), Shawn founded a sketch comedy troupe, Pretentious Actors Collective (P.A.C.), which played to audiences in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC. Most recently, he was the founder and creative director of bright young things, an improv troupe specializing in long-form improv that played to audiences in Washington, DC (headlining at the DC Improv) and New York City, playing at the prestigious Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Theater. Shawn has also performed stand-up comedy in Texas and throughout the Washington, DC area, and has opened for comedian Adam Ferrara at the DC Improv.
In addition, Shawn is also a senior copywriter for an advertising agency with an international profile. He’s also a freelance writer whose work has been published in newspapers, literary journals and magazines in Utah, Texas and Hawaii.
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