Brave New Institute

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updated September 25, 2020:  DUDLEY RIGGS MEMORIALS

The Brave New Institute is currently accepting donations in its general fund to honor the recent passing of our dear founder and friend, Dudley Riggs, as well as support our ongoing community outreach programs.  Dudley left us on September 22, 2020 and a memorial is being planned for December 2020.  Gifts collected will be earmarked to honor Dudley sometime after the December memorial, in a way that would be meaningful to him and his family.

And we thank Pauline (Dudley's wife and partner), who on September 24, generously wrote:  In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in honor of Dudley to the “Brave New Institute." It is the BNW’s non-profit educational organization, which Dudley loved and supported.  

A brave, bold beginning is the first part of any great satirical piece, and Dudley’s life fearlessly shot out of a circus cannon like no one else on our planet.  Dear Dudley - for all who have had the honor of meeting or knowing you, and have been forever altered by your amazing stories, genius, and humility, we thank you! How many people do we get to know that grew up in the circus, became an aerialist, later started what is now the longest running satirical comedy theatre in the country, and now have an entire genre of humor named after them (“Riggsian”)?   Only those who know you. We are the lucky ones.

Dudley Riggs is now "Flying Funny" -- and We Love You Forever Dudley


Donation support the Dudley Riggs Memorial Fund and ongoing operations towards our community outreach partnerships. (see "video results" tab for partnership examples).  As a founding leader in the study and application of improvisation, the Brave New Institute (BNI) has inspired humans of all ages with world leading programs, classes, community outreach and educational projects for more than 30 years. Practicing the mindset and behaviors of improvisation can transform people, improve communication, build confidence, enhance relationships and simply bring more laughter and joy to the lives it touches. The BNI is the non-profit, educational arm of the world renowned Brave New Workshop Theatre (the longest running satirical comedy theatre in the U.S.) and is sustained by program fees, donations, innovative partnerships and the generosity of our alumni and the community.

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Brave New Institute

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Arts & Culture Education Children & Family


Brave New Workshop Student Union 824 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403


612 377 8445

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