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BNW Student Union

When the Brave New Workshop moved its main operations to downtown Minneapolis, it left its longstanding Uptown storefront location behind. The old theater (the Workshop’s home since the mid-'60s) was renamed the Student Union, as the efforts now focus on training the next generation of Twin Cities comics, or just those interested in a class or two on performance and improvisation. The Student Union offers courses for adults and students in improvisation and sketch writing. The instructors are drawn from Brave New Workshop’s extensive alumni ranks, including Joe Bozic and Mike Fotis (both are also co-directors of the Brave New Institute), Lauren Anderson, Brave New Workshop musical director Peter Guertin and BNW director Caleb McEwen. Even if you aren’t interested in being a student, the Student Union offers regular performances in the longstanding space. There are spotlight performances as each class finishes its work, along with programs like the Friday Night Stage Match, where teams of students and alumni compete head-to-head for the title of “best comics of the night.” The prices are right – from free to $5 – and you never know when you might see the next Al Franken.

Hours

Sun 6pm-9pm, Tue 11am-9pm, Wed 11am-5pm, Thu 11am-10pm, Fri 9am-10:30pm, Sat 10am-12am

Dining Features

Coat Check, Outdoor Dining