Brave New Workshop seals deal on new downtown digs

For the past couple months theater folks have been buzzing about Brave New Workshop's plans to set up a second space in downtown Minneapolis. Today the theater and improv company finalized plans to move into the old Hennepin Stages theater space.

Located at 824 Hennepin Avenue, the business expansion is part of recent efforts to revitalize the downtown area. Once in its new space the BNW hopes to attract Twins fans and regular theater-goers who are used to attending shows at the nearby State, Pantages, and Orpheum theaters.

Mayor R.T. Rybak also approves: "Fifty years after Dudley Riggs founded the Brave New Workshop, this groundbreaking theater is making yet another contribution to Minneapolis with an exciting move to a revitalizing Hennepin Avenue," he says. "Their move adds to the growing excitement on Hennepin and will bring 30,000 more theatergoers downtown to appreciate the wide variety of arts and entertainment available there."

While all of the theater productions will be moving to the new space, the old Uptown digs will continue to host the improv school. The new space is set to open this fall.

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