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. Current and past partners include:
TSE, Inc: hosting ongoing improv training for adults with learning and developmental disabilities. These improv classes are part of an initiative to prepare students for employment in the community.
Gilda’s Club Twin Cities: offering weekly Improv for Life classes for people living with cancer.
Senior-based programming: Some of our 55+ improvisers have enjoyed this program for nearly 10 years at the BNW SU.
MN Life College: improv training for adults with developmental disabilities to prepare them to live independently
Edina Community Education: offering after school and summer improv classes/camps
Hopkins Community Education: offering after school and summer improv classes/camps
Destination Imagination: one-off “boot camps” to prepare DI teams for their Instant Challenges and collaboration strategies
Hennepin Theatre Trust: partnership camps where students toured all three Hennepin Theatre Trust theatres (State, Pantages, and Orpheum) and were taught by a guest HTT teaching artist
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 BNW SU President Jenni Lilledahl 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.