Improvisation, Stage Comedy, and Communication Skills Training

David Raitt - Performance Photo

Hello, I’m David Raitt.

I’ve been performing and teaching improv comedy for over 25 years. On this small website, you’ll find information about me and my services. You’ll also find my appearance calendar below.

Besides performers workshops and coaching, I teach communication skills through improv to business teams, students & youth, and the public. Try a class to learn better communication, how to adapt to changing situations, and the art of failing gracefully.

I especially love physical comedy and helping improvisers learn those skills. I’m the curator of Improv Illusionist, a website and community for performers who want to be more physical. Check it out to learn about environment, object work, and physicality in character and performance.

The Improv Illusionist BOOK is now available! Get a preview and order info.

Appearance Calendar

I teach workshops in-person (with appropriate safety precautions as required) and also offer Virtual Coaching and Customized Online Workshops. I’ll list upcoming classes here as they become available. Contact me for more information and to schedule your event.

I mostly perform with my home company, Oakville Improv. I don’t appear in every show, but here are some that I regularly perform in:

  • The Moonshine Cafe (last Sunday of every month): Our monthly “adults-only” showcase features new and experienced Oakville Improv performers and usually one or two professional improvisers from the Toronto community. Amazing comedy, intimate venue, enormous value! Adults only.
  • Theatresports (second Friday of every month): Developed by Keith Johnstone, this is a mash-up of improv and competitive sports. Two teams of improvisers challenge each other to various types of scenes. A panel of judges (sometimes the audience) scores their work. Big laughs no matter who wins! Family-friendly.

Visit the Oakville Improv website or their Facebook page for upcoming dates, cast lists, and to request invitation links to online broadcasts.