Performers Blog

Upcoming Auditions: Family Dinner

Mark your calendars now, Family Dinner is holding auditions!

More information about the show and rehearsal schedule will be posted with the audition notice, but we wanted to give you the heads up – The form to request an audition for Family Dinner 2019 will open up this Wednesday 8/21 at 11am.
Auditions will take place on Sunday 9/1 from 12-7pm and Wednesday 9/4 from 4-7pm.
The show will run Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm in November and December, dinner provided for the performers of course.

Announcing 2019 casts for Creature Feature and Ka-Baam!!

Thanks to everyone who came out and once again proved the enormous talent in this town. Here are your casts for the fall shows:

Co-Directors: Anna Tobin & Brian Hodge-Rice
Danielle Heinert
Hannah McNamee
Bobby Gardner
Josh Kaplan
Madhu Bangalore
Frank Maciel
Julie Censullo
Sam Fathallah
Kristen Ragnacci
Becky Hauser
Erin Kennedy
Michael Rogers
Tom Reed
KA-BAAM!! 2019 
Director: Doug Neithercott
Asst. Director: Mawrgyn Roper
AlysshaRose Jordan
Bradley Machov
Bryce Kalal
Chris Rodriquez
Derek Landseidel
Erica Berglund
Mandi Bedbury
Maria Bartholdi
Marty Wessels
Meghan Wolff
Neil Razdan
Philip Schramm
Richie McLarn
Shelby Schroeder
Vanessa Tu
Will Schroeder

Creature Feature/Ka-Baam!! Audition Schedule

Audition schedule for Creature Feature/Ka-Baam!! as well as a reminder of the information for each groups rehearsal schedule:

Creature Feature – Sept/Oct on Fridays at 8pm
KaBaam!! – Sept/Oct on Saturdays at 8pm

Please check to make sure you are able to make the scheduled rehearsal times for the show(s) you would like to audition for – rehearsals will run 8-10 weeks, cast are expected to miss no more than 2 rehearsals.

Creature Feature – Wednesdays 6pm-8pm, July 10 – Sep 4

Ka-Baam!! – Tu 7/16, 8p-10p
Tu 7/23, 8-10p
Sun 7/28, 11a-2p
Sun 8/4, 11a-2p
Tu 8/6, 8p-10p
Sun 8/11, 11a-2p
Tu 8/20, 8p-10p
Tu 8/27, 8p-10p
Tu 9/3, 8p-10p

Saturday June 8th
3:00 PM3:30 PM4:00 PM4:30 PM
Rachel BuhmanErin KennedyCasey HolmstromAbe vanderBent
Lizzie GardnerPam MazzoneErik Hoversten
Andrew LindvallVanessa TuSeniz LennesMarty Wessels
Kristen RagnacciZachary Kulzer Hannah WydevenPhillip Schramm
Kelsey McGregorFrank MacielBreanna Cecile
Laura HildAmee Nefzger BanksBobby Gardner Chris Rodriguez
Bret MeyerDeepika PangarkarDerek LandseidelChristian Unser
Saturday June 8th
5:00 PM5:30 PM6:00 PM6:30 PM
Juliettea Benson Ava BirdBryce KalalMaria Bartholdi
Tyler MartindaleTom ReedNeil RazdanCullen Donohue
Josh KaplanKate Button Mark JelinekRyan Klima
Michael RogersAlejandro AguirreBrian JohnsonAlly Rae
Sarah BakerRichie McLarnShelby SchroederMara Emmons
Jackson CollinsErica BerglundJeff Roberts Gyllen
Alissa BradyMatthew McCloudTamara BredemusAdam Michael Mellerup
Tuesday June 11th
5:30 PM6:00 PM6:30 PM7:00 PM
Jonathan pulseMackenzi BrophyKari MellerupAlysshaRose Jordan
Lane FlatenJesse David Burrows Kevin AlbertsonJohn Bickford
Ben WagnerAndy ChristianEdd JonesMandi Bedbury
Madhu BangaloreNicole FendeSam Fathallahkristin turnblom
Heather BaldwinMichelle D’AngeloJennifer ComeauTommy Caravello
Robbie Darling Adam BoutzRon Culp
Joseph FacenteWill SchroederJennifer BenusaAndy Halper
Tuesday June 11th
7:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM
Kyle CarlinSchauerBradley MachovJulie CensulloJon Reek
Sam Orfield Krissy SorensenHannah FiedlerCraig Corsi
Chris RagnacciDanielle Heinert Brid HenryKristina Ericksen
Sara SchutteShealah CocherellPeter PierceCody Madison
Sarah ArnoldMichelle LippmanRob FiorendinoJeff Kaisershot
Jesus GallegosRobert OchsnerJon KnudstonJulia Robinson
Meghan WolffJared WillsAriel Starzinski

This year’s Twin Cities Improv Festival is jam-packed with amazing classes!

Two Hour Workshops: $40 per class
Three Hour Workshops: $60 per class
Scholarships available: click here
TCIF workshops are not suitable for absolute beginners – and are 18+
Register now before they sell out!

SATURDAY, JUNE 29th: 11-1PM – $40
Follow the Fun! with Super Human
Discover the simple joy of yes and while being inspired by your scene partners!
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SATURDAY, JUNE 29th: 11-1PM – $40
Let’s Tell a Story: Narrative Not Plot with Luke Zwanziger (Filbert)
Ever wish that you could play characters with emotional heart and STILL feel like you are telling a story? Here’s your chance!

SATURDAY, JUNE 29th: 2-5PM – $60
It’s a party, it’s a party, at the PREACH workshop!!!
PREACH is a hybrid form, infusing improvisation, spoken word and personal story telling. This workshop will explore them all, as well as ensemble based collaboration.
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SATURDAY, JUNE 29th: 2-4PM – $40
Once More with Feeling! with Jessica Zodrow (Filbert)
Using acting, clowning and Improv techniques Jessica creates a playground where you can find fun in having emotional reactions that are surprising & delightful.

SUNDAY, JUNE 30th: 11-1PM – $40
Improvising from a Place of Power with Irene Marquette (Super Human)
Focus on empowering and going hard with softer styles of play and using your perspective/experiences in any scenic situation.
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SUNDAY, JUNE 30th: 11-1PM – $40
Character Extravaganza with Christina Boucher (Super Human)
Expand your character range with this workshop focused on establishing realistic characters with a strong, committed point of view, from a fun and truthful place.

SUNDAY, JUNE 30th: 2-5PM – $60
It’s a party, it’s a party, at the PREACH workshop!!!
We added a second section because we know Saturday afternoon will sell out!


Luke Zwanziger (Filbert) is an actor and award winning director and writer based out of Portland, OR. He is the director of Video Production at Curious Comedy Theater where he also performs on the mainstage team Filbert. He has been improvising since 2004. He also co-produces Portland’s Funniest Video showcase.
He has performed as an improv comedian across the US including Detroit Improv Festival, Denver Improv Festival, MI Westside, and will be performing in Scotland in 2019 at the Edinburgh Improv Festival. He produces the indie improv showcase WILDCARD with his improv team Step/Sisters.

Jessica Zodrow (Filbert) has been in the entertainment business since she was a kid! She holds she B.A in Theatre Arts & her Master’s in Theatre Education ( N.Y.U) since moving back to Portland, Or in 2014 she has been working in the Improv Comedy world as a performer, host, teacher and coach. Currently she teaches Level Two at Curious Comedy Theater, coaches two teams and finds the power of Yes, And to be strong & joyful. Formerly of Echo Hill (a Curious Comedy musical house team) from 2016-2018, NOW she has the great pleasure of creating hilarious & thoughtful Improv with FILBERT! (Curious Comedy, DIF 2018, Westside 2018). She also enjoys being part of the rotating cast of Showdown (headlining Friday/Saturday night show) & when time allows performing in the many other Improv venues Portland has to offer. She is also the artistic director of Joy & Wonder Theatre ( an all ages immersive theatre company) so if she is not helping create excellent Improv sets, that is where you might find her. She believes laughter is the best medicine and that through using your imagination with other people you can make the world a better place. She loves a great HAROLD, a juicy MUSICAL set, a LA RONDE in which the characters are so real you have to laugh and creating all kind of adult make-ups with all the amazing Improvisers she has met all across the country!

Irene Marquette (Super Human)  spent over 10 years in Chicago performing, teaching and directing both commercially and at venues including The Annoyance, Second City, Columbia College and the Lyric Opera. Since moving to LA she has worked with director/show-runner Kay Cannon on Girlboss (Netflix) and the film BLOCKERS. She is directing the world premiere of Stand Down the March for Hollywood Fringe 2018.

Sarah Ashley (Super Human) is an improviser, writer, actor and teacher based in Chicago, IL. She earned a BFA in Theater Performance from the University of Michigan and a Certificate in Creative Nonfiction Writing from The University of Chicago. Sarah performs improv with Super Human (The Annoyance Theater) and Horsefly (CIC Theater). She also plays with The Holy Fuck Comedy Hour and was part of the original cast of Trigger Happy, a stylized, choreographed improv show directed by Mick Napier, both at The Annoyance. Her written work has appeared on She directed the sketch show The Untold, Untrue Love Story of Bill and Hillary Clinton (iO) and the original play My Two Sons (Annoyance). Previously, Sarah appeared in Splatter Theater, The Raven & The Messenger, Burlesque is More and Manic Pixie Dreamland (Annoyance).
Trained at iO and The Annoyance, Sarah now teaches AP3 Scene Work at The Annoyance. Sarah is really proud of her “comedy” “food blog” The Foody Heads, but she’s from Minnesota so she has no idea how to brag about that.

Mary Cait Walthall (Super Human) is a writer, director, and performer in Chicago. She has studied clowning with Dean Evans, Avner Eisenberg, Paola Coletto, and the late Julie Goell. She is a graduate of the London International School of Performing Arts, where she completed a two-year course in devised performance practice and physical performance technique. She has performed with the Neo-Futurists, Baby Wants Candy, and Glass Basement at the iO Theater. She currently performs with Super Human at the Annoyance Theater, and she teaches improv at iO. You can also catch her on the Improvised Star Trek Podcast

AUDITION NOTICE: Creature Feature & Ka-Baam!!

We are holding JOINT audition times for two shows coming to HUGE this Fall: Creature Feature and Ka-Baam!

YES – you may absolutely audition for both of the shows listed!

We will collect responses and send audition schedules as quickly as possible – rehearsal and performance schedules are listed below
Signups will close June 2nd, or when time slots are full.

Creature Feature
directors: Anna Tobin & Brian Hodge-Rice

KaBaam!! the improvised comic book:  
director: Doug Neithercott 
assistant director: TBA

The Details

Saturday 6/8 – 3pm-7pm
Tuesday 6/11 – 5:30pm-10pm

Callbacks for Ka-Baam!! will be held Saturday 6/15, 3-6p if needed to see more of your skills.
Callbacks for Creature Feature will be held Tuesday 6/18, 5:30-10pm if needed to see more of your skills.

Creature Feature – Sept/Oct on Fridays at 8pm
KaBaam!! – Sept/Oct on Saturdays at 8pm

Please check to make sure you are able to make the scheduled rehearsal times for the show(s) you would like to audition for – rehearsals will run 8-10 weeks, cast are expected to miss no more than 2 rehearsals.

Creature Feature – Wednesdays 6pm-8pm, July 10 – Sep 4

Ka-Baam!! – Tu 7/16, 8p-10p
Tu 7/23, 8-10p
Sun 7/28, 11a-2p
Sun 8/4, 11a-2p
Tu 8/6, 8p-10p
Sun 8/11, 11a-2p
Tu 8/20, 8p-10p
Tu 8/27, 8p-10p
Tu 9/3, 8p-10p


If you have any questions about auditions or casting – please email

2019 Summer and Fall shows announced

Listen up, improv enjoyers – Exciting announcements all around!!

Including SUMMER HOURS – a first for HUGE Theater!
Fridays in July / August will run : 8pm / 9pm / 10pm shows
Saturdays in July / August will run : 8pm / 9pm ONLY
All summer shows will be 45 minutes


8pm: Drum Machine / Off Book split
9pm: Bummertown
10pm: The Life Robotic

8pm: Summer Potluck
9pm: Guts & Teeth


8pm: Snake Eyes
9pm: Bummertown
10pm: The Life Robotic

8pm: Summer Potluck
9pm: Guts & Teeth

HUGE has invited ComedySportz to produce the Saturday 10:30 shows through the end of 2019!


8pm: Creature Feature
9:30pm: MurderClown
10:30pm: The Bearded Company – Swords & Sorcery

8pm: KaBAAM!!
9:30pm: poems, for each other
10:30pm: CSZ Wizarding School


8pm: Family Dinner
9:30pm: My Town
10:30pm: The Bearded Company

8pm: Family Dinner
9:30pm: The Mess
10:30pm: CSZ Xmas Carol Unscripted

As always, audition notices and casting announcements will be posted on this blog as we have them ready – thank you to everyone that proposed a show this season!
Show Proposals will open again on September 1st!

HUGE Artist Summit 2019 – Day 2

The second day of the HUGE Artist Summit featured amazing speakers.

The morning featured a panel, “Occupying Margins or Smashing the Divide a panel discussion on gender and pronouns” with C Michael Menge, Britt Johnson, Katie Knepler, m.a.x power facilitated by Jex Arzayus, to discuss the importance of gender identity and pronouns.

Watch Part 1:
Watch Part 2:

Bryce Kalal brought “Presenting the Show” – watch the session here:

HUGE Artist Summit 2019 – Day 1

We had a great first day of the HUGE Artist Summit. Thanks to all who participated!

Watch the video of Session #1 – The Producers Toolkit with Rita Boersma & Butch Roy:

Watch the video of Session #2 – “Coaching Improv” with Lizzie Gardner:

Calling all womxn improvisers!

Our colleague Taj Ruler writes:

Calling all womxn improvisers! Taj Ruler and Emily Schmidt are once again bringing their improv and diary extravaganza, OMG, to the HUGE Theater stage.

THE SHOW: OMG features a cast of six people reading from their actual adolescent diaries/yearbooks/notes and improvises based on the material. All six read, all six improvise. Taj Ruler will be hosting this upcoming run at HUGE and the cast will be different each Saturday.

THE RUN: Saturdays, 8-9:15pm, with a strict 7:15pm call time.


WANNA PLAY? Great! We’d love to have you. Just make sure that you have something tangible you can read, whether it’s a diary entry, a short story you wrote, a yearbook entry, etc.

If interested, please send a brief bio/improviser resume (ie: how many levels of classes have you taken/years of experience) and the dates you’d be available to play to by Monday April 15th.

Thanks! Looking forward to hearing from you!