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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.
The BNW SU is the educational arm of the Brave New Workshop. We have classes available for everyone who wants to learn the art of improvisation. Our Everyday improv classes start monthly annd are geared for those who are new to the art form and want to try something new, build confidence, or just get out of the house once a week.