Jack Novak

Jack has been teaching theatre since his sophomore year of high school, when he started an after-school improv club. Having trained in Creative Drama at Northwestern with Betsy Quinn, (former chair, AATE) he is still teaching improv, along with other subjects, to students of all ages.

He has been a faculty member at Imagination Stage since 2012, teaching Acting, Improv, Playwriting, and Creative Drama classes to students from age 5 to 18. He has taught the year-long Teen Improv Troupe class since 2013, working with an advanced group of high school improvisers on more complicated long-form improv concepts. He also directed 2nd-4th grade students in an original musical, in the 2014 Musical Theatre Production Camp. Imagination Stage is a fully inclusive organization, and Jack has worked to facilitate inclusion of students with disclosed disabilities into his curriculum.

An Associate Artist with InterAct Story Theatre for two


years, Jack toured interactive performances and taught in-school, curriculum-based residencies for students from age 3 through middle school. A highlight of these residences were the many story drama workshops he taught to 1st grade and younger. These arts-integration workshops are geared to teach common core reading standards through drama.

Outside of Imagination Stage and InterAct, Jack has worked in education for Signature Theatre, Young Playwrights’ Theatre, and Washington Improv Theatre (where he teaches adult improv classes) among others. Jack believes in utilizing a flexible curriculum to engage and meet the needs of each student. His specialties include teaching Acting, Mime, Improv, and Playwriting, but he is also able to teach many other topics in theatre.

View Jack’s teaching resume HERE. Download HERE.