Brave New Workshop Expands In Downtown Mpls.

The storied improv comedy troupe is continuing to grow by purchasing a building in Minneapolis' downtown theater district, which will house its school and offices.

Brave New Workshop, which is reportedly the nation’s oldest improv comedy troupe, was founded in 1958 and moved into its latest home on Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis in 2011.

In an in-depth 2013 feature story, Twin Cities Business examined Brave New Workshop's history, as well as the economics of running an improv comedy business. Now, the fast-growing workshop, which puts on performances and also teaches comedy classes, is embarking on the next stage of its continued growth.

Brave New Workshop is planning a multimillion-dollar expansion in Minneapolis' downtown theater district, where it has signed an agreement to purchase a building at 727 Hennepin Avenue South, according to a Star Tribune report. The building formerly housed Teener’s Theatrical Costume shop and is currently home to Unbank.

The building has nearly 20,000 square feet and is located between the buildings that house Bar Fly and the Union restaurant; terms of the sale weren't disclosed, the Star Tribune reported. Brave New Workshop intends to use the building for its school and offices, while continuing public performances at its main stage on the other side of Hennepin in the next block.

Brave New Workshop's alumni include such household names as Louie Anderson and Al Franken. It has put on more than 250 original productions under such titles as “Occupy Arden Hills, or Brother Can You Spare a Dome” and “How to Make Love Like a Minnesotan III: The Full Montevideo!”

Read more about the company’s latest expansion plans in the Star Tribune here. And learn more about Brave New Workshop's history and business model here.