Now that JWT has moved into our new performance and art space at The Braid, we invite you to make it your home for developing your own creativity.

We’ve developed unique classes for writers and performers to find their voices, at all levels, guided by some pretty extraordinary teachers! Classes are limited in size so reserve your place now!
If you have questions, email


Introductory Improvisation Workshop

with writer and television and stage actor Melanie Chartoff (Seinfeld, Fridays, Rugrats, Newhart…. and JWT!)

Saturday, Sept 17, 1:00-4:00pm
Fee: $55.  Sign up online HERE
(minimum age: 18, class size limited to 14)

Melanie Chartoff’s “improvisational presence” exercises facilitate both introverts and extroverts in any field. Discover how to empower your body language and tone of voice for its best effect. Expand the loop of your life. Learn from a pro in the improv, acting, and writing arts, laugh madly and often as you develop confidence to communicate and co-create with anyone, anywhere.

Here’s what Melanie’s students say:

“Where else can you kiss a stranger, argue with your husband, and try a new career or attitude, all without consequence?” – Michele Newman, Writer/Entrepreneur

“Melanie’s class is not just for actors and performers. Anyone wanting to be more alert and present, wanting to engage more fully in their life will benefit from Melanie’s games and exercises. I learned life isn’t about quietly waiting my turn on the ‘sidelines’; it’s about playing, participating, and having fun. And I’m more creative and effective in my career as a result.  Melanie got me in touch with my inner extrovert!” – Jeff Edelstein, Writer/Producer BRAVO

Through Melanie’s improvisational classes, I have learned about the unconscious patterns that restrict my physical movement and my ability to relate to others. Melanie’s expert intuitive skills are amazing; I feel like she can see right through to my soul.  Through her guidance, I know that I have grown both as a performer and a person. I never knew that having so much fun could be so productive. –  Lloyd Leifer, Engineer/Humorist

Melanie Chartoff, an incredibly gifted and skilled teacher, creates an environment in which all her students can stretch and grow their presentation, improvisational, and communication skills.  Her classes were instrumental in my creating fully developed characters for my book “The Pathway to Love”.  As a non-fiction writer, my work with Melanie gave me the confidence and imagination to delve into the world of fiction and bring my concepts to life through the art of storytelling.” – Julie Orlov, Psychotherapist, Speaker, and Author of “The Pathway to Love: Create Intimacy and Transform Your Relationships through Self-Discovery.”