The practice of saying thank you first tricks our brain out of its pattern of judgment (closed, resistant) and into the mindset of gratitude (open, accepting). Thank you makes your brain say, “Oh, I just said thank you. I must have just received something useful and wonderful. I better get a bit more curious and understand what that usefulness is.” And here’s what feels like the magical part to me: when we use this thank...

By sharing your true self your heart is courageous and brave. At the BNW SU we call this bravery of vulnerability. It’s an elective life course and improvisation is a fun, supportive, undeniable way to practice sharing your voice, eventually feeling more and more comfortable doing so....

BNW Student Union teaching artist, Olivia Wulf, sat down with BNW SU president, Jenni Lilledahl, to talk about a new elective course and the creative discovery that awaits students. This new class offers a compelling journey by combining proven mindfulness philosophies and the practice of playful improv....

Improv is a powerful way to help you be your best self as you navigate change. You will be surrounded by an undeniably supportive group of people, you’ll delight in the play that fuels positivity during life’s challenges, and you’ll practice ‘jumping in.’...

Our motto at the Brave New Workshop Student Union (BNW SU) is “Improv for Everyone. Improv for Life. Improv for Good.” Some of you reading this right now might be saying to yourself, well not EVERYONE…not ME. I hear this a lot. When I hear these comments I always try to demystify the practice of improvisation and dispel the myth that it’s an art form reserved only for the young, funny and bold. It really...

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.” ...

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....