I’m finally doing some of the creative things I’ve been curious about but haven’t made time for. Improv has been such a gift in my life and helps me explore other facets of myself that I’m now giving myself permission to express. I feel like I’m excavating and finding parts of me that got buried a little....

My life work is sharing the mindset and tools of improv with as many people as possible, because I believe it’s one of the most simple and powerful (and fun) practices on the planet. Perhaps the most common story thread I hear is: “Improvisation changed (or saved) my life. It is the single most healing thing I’ve done for myself.” ...

From my time in the managing anxiety class, I’ve been working on using improv skills to lessen the effect of anxiety taking ahold of me. I think that as we grow older it’s easy for us to either normalize and suppress our generalized anxiety or become more easily triggered by the little things....

Even from just these first few classes, I'm already noticing that I do more active listening. Being able to stay present with a scene partner when we're playing improv games has also helped me be more present in my relationships in other areas of my life....

As a solo entrepreneur and jewelry designer, I feel like the skills of improv have helped me to reframe many of the challenges that I face. When I am given something difficult or things don't go according to my plans, I try to see everything as a gift. This subtle shift has helped me become more effective in my communication style and career. ...

BNW Student Union co-founder and president, Jenni Lilledahl, sat down with Jim Robinson (instructor for our upcoming elective course "Managing Anxiety with Improv Skills") to talk about what students can expect from this fun and transformative four-week experience. Jim says that creating a non-judgmental space for improv is like taking a warm bath. Also it’s good to remember that this class is not therapy – it’s improv and it's fun!...

Our 55+ improv students at BNW SU and improv instructor Lauren Anderson were featured in a story in today’s variety section of the StarTribune indicating seniors find vitality through improv and the power of "Yes And". Thank you to our senior students who are models for practicing improv for life!...

By constant practice of jumping in and choosing to pay attention to our authentic voice first, we retrain our body, mind and self to ignore the judgment voice and listen to our true voice first. The more we do this practice in our improv class, the more likely we can do this practice in our daily lives....