Jesse Rediscovers the Joy of Making Connections

My grandparents took me to a mainstage show at The Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre about 10 years ago. I remember being in awe of the performers and their ability to make me laugh and engage the whole audience. I continued to go to shows and eventually decided to take classes. I wanted to be able to decipher the hilarity taking place on stage and bring joy to people just like the BNW cast did.

The Brave New Workshop Student Union teaches the craft and mindset of improv on a foundational level. It comes down to the “Yes, and” – the willingness to build, and the eagerness to plus your life rather than minus your life. As a musician, I’ve applied “Yes, and” to writing music. Improv taught me to open the floodgates in my mind and generate ideas. The more you exercise that muscle, the more room you have for creative development and growth.

Improv has helped me address difficult situations, surprising news, or obstacles. Rather than responding to struggles by shutting down, turning away or ignoring the problem – the improv mindset encourages me to find a solution. I find that the more I practice improv, the better I feel about myself. Every time I go to a class, I feel really great afterward. Every time I go to a show, I feel inspired. Every time I connect with others doing improv, I feel the camaraderie. The more I am able to consistently grasp the craft of improv, the more I reap the multitude of benefits improv has to offer.

If you’re considering trying improv, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. You’re going to be doing stuff that you wouldn’t do otherwise. Improv has had a very profound effect on me, and I know I am not alone in that. I have a newfound love for life, love for being with people, and for creativity. This type of activity can rewire your brain to think differently, and it could potentially change your life for the better.

– Jesse, BNW SU Student