The BNW Student Union is the renowned improv school of the Brave New Workshop, the nation’s longest running satirical comedy theatre. We connect the art of improv with the adventure of everyday living, personal growth, and creativity (with frequent bursts of laughter, of course). For decades our time-tested curriculum has inspired thousands of students to live life beyond a script. Our students become their best selves because they embrace and practice the Improv for Life™ mindset.
Starting in April 2018, we’ll begin some “reconstruction” of our adult programming at the BNW SU. We are very excited to be able to take this time to reflect and ensure we’re helping the most amount of people transform their lives through the practice of improvisation. With that, there will be limited adult improv offerings. We look forward to sharing the changes with you later this year. Sign up for our mailing list to be notified of these new changes as well as other BNW SU announcements and events! Explore our site to learn more about our improv practices and other programs that are still running such as Youth and Teen Summer Camps and other community outreach initiatives.
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We believe everyone is an improviser – that includes YOU. Don’t believe us? For more than 50 years, we’ve been inspiring humans of all walks of life to outwit their fear and self-doubt through improv. And we have the stories to prove it.
Since we began teaching improv classes in Minneapolis to everyday people in the 1970s, our students say that learning improv changes their lives. We refined our Improv for Life Curriculum™ over time and from feedback from thousands of students. Embrace this holistic experience and you’ll become your best self.
BNW Student Union Everyday Improv classes deliver a full body and mind experience. You will listen, feel, discover, wonder, play, move, jump, explore, connect, learn, stretch and laugh. You’ll discover the joyful bliss and creative breakthroughs that result with true improvisation.
I’ve noticed that through taking [improv] classes I’ve become more outgoing and started taking big leaps.
By having fun and hearing “yes” all the time ─ in your everyday life, you’re then able to start doing and saying “yes” to more things.
I’ve definitely noticed a change in attitude in myself and in embracing the acceptance of “yes and” . . . it starts to seep into your personality.
I can tell already that it has made a difference in my everyday life! Even after only one class! I already have much more confidence!