Brave New Workshop Artistic Director Caleb McEwen Celebrates his 20th Year with the Workshop
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Minneapolis, MN – Brave New Workshop Entertainment Company Artistic Director Caleb McEwen is being honored this week for celebrating his 20th year with the venerable comedy theatre. Kicking off his 6th election year sketch comedy revue with the opening of the new mainstage show “Lady and the Trump,” on Thursday, July 7, Caleb had this to say about his 20 years writing, performing, emceeing, and working at the Brave New Workshop: “It is amazing what you can accomplish when your options elsewhere are limited.”
“To do anything for 20 years is an amazing feat. In the creative/artistic world it is even more rare. But to do it with such consistent quality, reliability and excellence is virtually unheard of. I have not seen Caleb McEwen’s level of talent, commitment and loyalty anywhere else in the world of comedy or theater,” says John Sweeney, Owner of the Brave New Workshop.
Caleb joined the Brave New Workshop in 1996, and is trained as an actor, comedic performer, knife thrower, and professional dancer. In addition to the Artistic Director role, Caleb has also performed as a Main Stage Cast Member, Disney Cruise Line Cast Member, Writer, Flanagan’s Wake Cast Member, Teacher at the Brave New Workshop Student Union, and Janitor during his tenure at BNW. Caleb has been directly involved in 16 holiday shows, and has written and performed over 3,500 scripts.
McEwen has performed in seven countries and almost all fifty states with the Brave New Workshop, acting as a master of ceremonies, sketch comedy performer, speaker, trainer and improviser. Caleb’s skills as a performer have led him to share the stage with captains of industry, heads of state, and celebrities of the highest caliber. He has written comedy for projects from NBC Universal and Comedy Central, has appeared on ESPN, and has won numerous national and international awards for his outstanding work in corporate events and video production. Caleb has appeared with everyone from former Presidents of the United States and CIA Directors to LL Cool J and The Barenaked Ladies.
“Caleb sets a really high bar for other performers to aspire to and provides a stellar example of work ethic artists can and should bring to whatever they're creating, even if it's silly or comedic,” says Butch Roy, Executive Director of Huge Improv Theatre, who worked with Caleb while Roy was Technical Director at the Brave New Workshop.
Co-Owner of the Brave New Workshop Jenni Lilledahl also had glowing words about McEwen; “When I think of Caleb, the word that comes to mind is ‘care,’ and that’s not just because that’s the root of ‘character’ – because Caleb is quite the character – but because Caleb deeply cares about everything he’s done here, and it shows in the high quality of his work.”
And while toasts were raised on opening night and congratulations were given to McEwen himself, in his typically stoic manner, he smiled, bowed, and then went back to work for BNW, flying to his next corporate emcee gig.
About The Brave New Workshop
The Brave New Workshop has been crafting audacious, hilarious, and thought-provoking original comedy, improv and satire in Minneapolis since 1958 – longer than any other theatre in the U.S.
Founded by the legendary Dudley Riggs, the Brave New Workshop is a truly unique place to laugh, learn, think, and play. Alongside our own theatrical productions, the BNW hosts a variety of performances in our ETC theatre, and also provides video production, live event entertainment, emcee services and venue rentals.
Our Creative Outreach division offers speaking and training for Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft, Hilton, General Mills, and Target. The BNW’s school, the Student Union, boasts the most comprehensive improv training curriculum in the country. With a commitment to sustainability and a unique business model, the BNW operates as a self-funding arts organization.
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