The Brave New Workshop first opened its doors as Instant Theatre in 1958. That was the same year that Soviet satellite Sputnik fell back to earth, President Eisenhower signed the bill granting Alaska statehood, and Pope Pius XII named Saint Clare the patron saint of television. A lot has changed in the world since then. We now shoot satellites down, Alaska will soon be commemorated on a quarter, and Pope Benedict XVI is tasked with naming a patron saint of high-definition TV. Some stuff has changed for the theater, too. It opened a school, changed owners, and moved into an old bike shop on Hennepin Avenue, but its goal of making Minnesotans laugh has stayed the same. Over the years, many successful actors, comedians, and writers have cut their teeth at BNW. Among the... More >>>