Reflex Improv Instructors

Daniel Brown

Born in Chicago and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Dan, a lifelong comedy-nerd raised on Saturday Night Live and Kids in the Hall, first caught the improv bug while in college, performing in the school’s short-form and sketch program, acting in school and community plays, as well as writing, directing, and starring in many comedy short films. After moving to the Washington DC area, he took a free workshop at Washington Improv Theater and fell in love with long-form improv with the freedom and joy it presents. He immediately dove straight through the entire program.

Dan’s approach to teaching is positive, encouraging, joyful, fast-paced, and, most of all, fun. More than anything else, he especially loves seeing the introverts, like himself, cause an entire class to erupt in laughter when they deliver a ‘button line’ with ninja-like precision.

He has been a member of indie improv teams Rule 34, Tiny Ikea, Blades of Beauty, Train School, Vendetta, Until One Day, Fish Police, Hellbender, and currently performs as part of Danger Noodle. He coaches the teams Fat American Vampires and Roommate Love.

Dan is the founder of Reflex Improv, which is introducing improv to the suburbs of Virginia, Maryland, and, someday, beyond…

Lauren Morrell

Lauren was introduced to improv as a high school theater student. She took a long break from performing, but got back into it in 2015. Improv has been beneficial to Lauren’s life in multiple ways; from confidence in speaking in front of groups to simply getting out and meeting new friends. She has been on several teams and has performed around the DC area, and now has a podcast (Interview Hour wherever you get your podcasts). Lauren has been teaching with Reflex Improv since 2016.

Kelly Inviere

Kelly Inviere is thrilled to be joining the Reflex Improv team. Her art-filled education, desire to bring a little joy to the world, and outgoing personality made teaching improv the perfect outlet for her creativity while getting the chance to make a difference in people’s lives. Kelly’s love for theater and the arts started as early as the first grade at the Washington Waldorf School and evolved from there, leading to her education in performance art from Corcoran College of Art+Design. She hopes that she is able to share the confidence and happiness she has found through improv with each of her students. When she’s not teaching, Kelly enjoys writing, painting, and adventures of all sorts.

Seth Payne

Buffalo Native, Seth’s life was irrevocably changed after witnessing a mind-blowing Groundlings show in LA. Since then he has actively pursued his love for making people laugh with (but mostly at) him in our nations capital!

When he’s not traveling the world broadcasting, slinging tasty Za in Arlington, or pouring delicious beers at a DC brewery, you can find Seth performing comedy like madman. He’s currently on the indie improv teams BEST PARTY EVER and Pizza Party, hosts a monthly stand-up show for improvisers called Schtick, produces his own podcast “Funny Stuff Isn’t Taken,” and is involved in numerous other comedy projects around town. In his rare time off he enjoys concerts, morning raves, craft beer, and petting dogs that he does not own.

Shawn Shakya

Bio coming soon!

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