The BNW SU seeks to make our world a better place by bringing the joyful practice of improvisation into communities around the Twin Cities. We’ve designed and delivered improv workshops for K-12 schools, universities, libraries, community education centers, local non-profits, health and social service agencies, and more.
The BNW SU community outreach workshops introduce the building blocks of improvisation that have the power to impact our daily lives, including: accepting ideas (“yes, and”), listening, strengthening communication, building self-confidence, leadership, reconnecting with our playfulness and creativity, building social connections and more.
The BNW SU also partners with local organizations to host ongoing Improv for Good initiatives. Recent examples include: the SU hosts ongoing improv training for adults with learning and developmental disabilities from TSE, Inc. These improv classes are part of an initiative to prepare students for employment in the community. Additionally, the BNW SU partners with Gilda’s Club Twin Cities to offer weekly Improv for Life classes for people living with cancer. The BNW SU enjoys a long-standing relationship with Jefferson Community Education to provide cooperatively hosted classes to seniors. Some of our 55+ improvisers have enjoyed this program for nearly 10 years at the BNW SU.
The BNW SU offers community outreach workshops and Improv for Good programs that are highly customized and positively impactful. We create and deliver approximately 30 – 50 community programs/engagements per year.
Workshop Presentations – these are one-time customized interactive workshops that focus on bringing our renowned Improv for Life curriculum to groups of teens, young adults or service/non-profit organizations that are seeking personal growth for their audiences. BNW SU fees for developing and customizing our improv workshops typically start at $1,000 per engagement.
Improv for Good Initiatives – these are service focused initiatives that have the primary purpose of using improvisation as a way to enhance or improve the lives of an underserved or adapted audience. We select these initiatives based upon mission, scope, staff bandwidth and funding potential.
E-mail Executive Director Melissa Kalinowski at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about developing a community outreach program or workshop for your organization.
The BNW SU is an organization that prides itself on its ability to serve its employees, environment and the world at large. We hold ourselves accountable to be transparent in our expectations for our employees, the stewardship for the planet, and our impact in the communities we serve. We reflect the broader vision of Citizenship of the Brave New Workshop at large. You can learn more about our vision on our BNW Citizenship page.