Now in our 58th year of crafting audacious, hilarious, and thought-provoking original comedy, improv and satire in Minneapolis, the Brave New Workshop (BNW) Comedy Theatre is a Twin Cities comedy institution, and a truly unique place to laugh, learn, think, and play. The BNW has been writing, performing and producing original sketch comedy, music and comedy improvisation longer than any other theatre in the United States.
Through the joyful practice of improvisation, the BNW Student Union delivers engaging learning experiences in a supportive environment so humans of all ages can become their best selves, make authentic connections, and bring more laughter into their lives.
John Sweeney and the Brave New Workshop Creative Outreach team help Fortune 500 organizations including General Mills, Unitedhealth Group, Ameriprise, Facebook, 3M, Target and many more focus on the human side of innovation. John and team inspire and train thousands of professionals each year through keynote speeches, workshops and train-the-trainer experiences. With 15+ years of bridging the attitudes and behaviors of improvisation to the business world and 2,500 corporate engagements, our team is poised to be an expert trusted partner for your team and enterprise learning initiatives.
Our Experimental Thinking Centre (ETC) event space was designed with flexibility, quality, and innovation in mind. Able to accommodate a variety of configurations and functions, the venue is inviting, state-of-the-art, and conveniently located in vibrant downtown Minneapolis. Already got a spot for your event? Our talented writers and performers provide custom improvisation, live entertainment, emcee services, and video production for hundreds of successful events worldwide each year. Whether at our place or yours, the BNW can provide the elements of a successful and unforgettable event.
2008 the Brave New Workshop is 50 year old. This means 50 years of performing original satirical sketch comedy and improvisation since 1958, longer than any other theatre in the United States.