Performers Blog

HUGE Artists Summit – Now Online, Saturdays April 11 & 18

There is more to doing improv than just… well… doing improv. That’s why HUGE presents the Artists Summit each year — to help equip improvisers at all points in their journeys with some tips and information to increase their opportunities and success.

With the world on lock-down, this year’s Summit is still happening but will be online only, via Zoom. All sessions are free of charge, but advance registration is encouraged: REGISTER HERE.

April 11, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Promotion & Design, with Butch Roy

If you want people to see your work, you’ve got to get the word out! Learn how to market your show to the public and to improv festivals, and get an overview of graphic design tips, typography basics, and tools for creating eye-catching visuals.
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April 11, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Now What?, with Breanna Cecile and Sean Dillon

You’ve taken all four levels of improv classes… now what? Some lucky folks seem to fall easily in improv success, but most of us have to work to build our own opportunities. Getting closer to our improv dreams — even figuring out what our improv dreams are — takes patience, self-awareness, and hustle. This session will help you evaluate your strengths, figure what you want out of improv (and why), and give you tools to find the people who want the same things you do. Then we’ll look at how to build the opportunities you’re looking for and how to stay the course when things aren’t going your way.
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April 18, 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Showmaking A-Z, a panel discussion

This is the big one. We’ve assembled a panel of some top Twin Cities improv and comedy show-makers, to talk about every aspect of producing and/or directing an improv show, from the ground up. This session will cover everything from how to find and develop show ideas, to the casting and rehearsal process, to managing personal and creative conflict, to finding venues and managing the show beyond opening, and more! And we’ll leave plenty of time for Q&A with our panelists, who are: Rita Boersma, John Gebretatose, Emily Lindholm, Heather Meyer, and Joe Rapp.
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An Update from HUGE on COVID-19

Governor Tim Walz has announced updated recommendations regarding COVID-19 for Minnesota. Among these recommendations is that gatherings of any size should be canceled, if 6 feet of social distancing cannot be provided.  Unfortunately, HUGE performances and classes cannot assure this level of social distancing. As a result, HUGE is suspending all activities at this time.

All performances through the end of March are canceled immediately and will not be rescheduled. Further cancellations are likely, but we are going to take it on a week-by-week basis for now. Pre-purchased tickets will be refunded, and no further tickets will be pre-sold to any March performances, unless/until COVID recommendations are ended. This kind of closure will be devastating financially for a small arts organization like HUGE. If any patrons are inclined to donate the price of their ticket (or more!), those donations would be gratefully received at

We are exploring our options and attempting to innovate with regards to virtual or video-streamed performances. We will make further announcements if this proves to be possible.

The final week(s) of our Winter classes are also canceled. Affected students have be contacted.

We know that this is a difficult time for our entire community.  Please take the best possible care of yourselves and each other. And we look forward to seeing you on the other side.

A note from HUGE on COVID

At this time, on the basis of the available information and guidance, HUGE Theater will largely continue its normal operations. While continuing to plan for the possibility of further measures, we are taking the following precautionary steps, effective immediately:

  • We are temporarily reducing our “sold out” capacity from 100 to 60, in order to space out our seating and reduce contact between patrons.
  • The tables and chairs normally in the lobby will be removed, to reduce the number of contact surfaces, and increase the personal space available to folks.
  • Our front desk, bar, seating, and bathroom fixtures will be disinfected frequently.
  • Hand sanitizer is available at our desk and bar.
  • All jams including Space Jam are cancelled for the next month.

For classes:

  • We are asking all of our classes to observe a “no-touch” level of physical contact for the time being.
  • Showcases for Winter classes are cancelled.
  • Winter students will not be penalized for missing classes for COVID-related reasons (including concern over contact).
  • Drop-in classes are suspended for the time being.

We support our students, staff, performers, and patrons in making the decisions you feel are best for you. Please notify us at the earliest opportunity if you are not able to be at the theater when you are expected. We will update this plan as needed.


Hi hi! It’s March and that means that the Show Proposal form is now open and accepting submissions through March 30th for shows that will run at HUGE June-December of 2020. Keep ’em rolling in! We’re excited.

All information needed should be in the form but email with any other questions.

If you cannot see the form, please click here:

HUGE is closed – NO HEAT

Our HVAC is out – the building is cold and locked down this evening!

** 401 class at the Ivy is still ON **

Parts are ordered and repair is set for tomorrow morning – All Friday shows will proceed as normal

jorts! Prom Cast Announcement!

jorts! is excited to announce the cast for Prom Night 2020! We were flattered by the number of people interested in joining our cast, and the auditions were a hoot! 
That said, dust off your tux, grab a boutonniere, and join this incredible cast for Prom Night 2020 Friday’s at HUGE Theater in May & June:

Lauren Chesnut
Liz Council
Brian Hodge-Rice
Emily Lindholm
Phil Petersen
Chris Rodriguez
Jenny Shaw
Erica Solomon
Ryan Vanasse
Marty Wessels


Auditions for the Real Worldish!

Real Worldish is an independent production directed by Brian Hodge-Rice coming to HUGE in 2020!

“Brian Hodge-Rice is directing “Real Worldish” on Saturdays at 8pm (7pm call time) during May and June at HUGE Theater in Minneapolis.

Rehearsals will be Wednesdays in March and April 6pm – 7:50pm (also at HUGE Theater).

*1-2 other rehearsals may be added, depending on show development. Those will be scheduled with the cast.”


The Free Association 2020 Cast

The Free Association is a new ensemble, cast and produced by HUGE – co-directed by Butch Roy and John Gebretatose – opening in May 2020 at HUGE Theater

We are very excited to announce the cast of The Free Association – the auditions were incredible, the selection process was challenging and we are extremely excited to get to work.
( Another thank you to everyone that came out to audition, seriously – what an amazing place to be a producer )

The Free Association 2020:

Alexis Camille
Becky Hauser
C. Michael Menge
Erik Ostrom
Erin Kennedy
Maria Bartholdi
Matt Slater
Richie McLarn
Shealah Cocherell
Susannah Eckberg

Good news/Bad news

All the decisions have been made for The Free Association 2020 casting and the emails have been sent – the cast list will be posted Friday afternoon

Thank you all for making this process so incredible – and incredibly hard – you are why making theater in the Twin Cities is such a wonderful, unique experience.