Performers Blog

Who is in the chair?

This came to our by way of FairPlay with an ask that we make a statement in response :

“The [ directors ] that HUGE Theater hires for their shows to produce are seemingly missing the intersection in representation. While I applaud the number of non-male identified people they have hired to direct, they are aggressively white, and often will employ a POC female as an Assistant Director. This is not a good look and I don’t feel comfortable informing people of auditions there when there is no POC in leadership roles in the rehearsal rooms. Their diversity leader is looking more and more like a token as far as leadership at HUGE.”

OF NOTE: This came to us at a time when the Assistant Directors (which we certainly view as a leadership role) were still TBD and conversations are still in progress – we made sure to make this note a part of that conversation as well so there was full disclosure and no one would have to wonder if this was a factor

We have been talking to people of color about the director’s chair – Those we have spoken to for Throwback Night have either had schedule conflicts or don’t feel ready themselves.
Those we haven’t spoken to yet may not be on our radar yet as people we know to be interested or perhaps a better fit for another show in the future.

All that means is we are going to keep asking and working – the process isn’t just pushing a boulder up a hill, it’s pushing ten boulders up ten hills and we know we have a lot more to do and none of those boulders has moved as far as we’d like.

We have had some failures where in the rush to diversify, POC improvisors found themselves in less-than-optimal circumstances which is the opposite of the dream. We understand you’d rather we worked faster, so it’s ok if you don’t feel we’ve gotten far enough for you to send people our way, that comfort and trust is what we’re doing a lot of work to earn.

The truth is that you’re right – we’re not there yet.
If we were only doing it for good optics it would be so much easier, but we’re not.
We are hoping you will stick around, because what we are building has a solid foundation, with an eye on sustainability – and we want you to be part of it as well.

To anyone reading: if you feel like you personally have been overlooked for a director’s position at HUGE, please come speak to us, it is a conversation that cannot be had through blog posts

Thank you for calling it out!
Written/Posted by: Butch Roy
on behalf of the leadership team at HUGE

Auditions OPEN for Throwback Night 2020

We are excited to announce the auditions for Throwback 2020 running Fridays at 8p in January & February. This season’s forms are Cat’s Cradle, The Living Room and Deconstruction. Directors are Jill Bernard, Rita Boersma and Hannah Wydeven.

Use this form to request an audition for any/all of the following groups:

Cat’s Cradle – Directed by Jill Bernard: Assistant Director – TBD
Rehearsals :: Saturdays 1p-3p, Oct 26th – Dec 28th (no rehearsal Nov 30) and Friday Jan 3rd 6-7p
Deconstruction – Directed by Hannah Wydeven ; Assistant Director – TBD
Rehearsals :: Sundays Oct 20th & 27th, 4-6p and Wednesdays 7-9p, Nov 6th-Jan 1st (no rehearsal Dec 25)
Living Room – Directed by Rita Boersma ; Assistant Director – TBD
Rehearsals :: Saturdays 10a-12p Oct 26th-Dec 28th (no rehearsal Nov 30) and Sunday Dec 15th 1p-3p

AUDITION TIMES will be scheduled:
Saturday 10/5 from 10am-5:30pm
Wednesday 10/9 from 4pm-7pm
Options will be removed as time slots fill

PERFORMANCES
Throwback Night will run Fridays at 8pm in January and February at HUGE Theater

REHEARSALS
We tried to be as consistent as possible but space is limited at HUGE so there are a couple one-off times here and there. 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 (approximately end October-early Jan with possible holiday breaks), cast are expected to miss no more than 2 rehearsals.

PAY
Each cast member is paid per show night they perform. Here is more information about HUGE’s payout model:
http://www.hugetheater.com/blog/2016/02/28/performer-payment-model/

Please email rita@hugetheater.com if you have any questions

If you cannot view this form here, please follow this link:

https://forms.gle/B8UzGHd1SJe9iSZ19

Family Dinner 2019 cast announced

This just in from Director, Molly M Ritchie and Asst. Director, Kim Sigler:

“Hi, everybody. It was such a hard decision. Kim and I debated for hours about who to cast. We could have easily cast the show four or five times over because of the amazing talent and craft we saw. In the end, we wanted to try to get a mix of people who have done the show before, people who haven’t done the show before, people whose work we are familiar with, and people who are new to us.
Thank you very much to everyone who auditioned. Please let’s find ways to work together in the future. Happy Holidays, prematurely. -Molly & Kim”

The cast for Family Dinner 2019:

Alexis Camile
Butch Roy
Deepika Pangarkar
Hannah Wydeven
Jake Scott
Janay Henry
Jen Scott
Katy Kessler
Kelsey McGregor
Laura Berger
Maureen Tubbs
MJ Marsh
Rita Boersma
Sam Baker Harris
Sam Landman
Sean McKenna
Tom Winner
Vann Daley

HUGE Show Proposal Form now OPEN!

It’s that tiiiiiime! The Show Proposal form is now open for the month of September. We will be accepting proposals through Sept. 30th, 2019. We schedule the majority of shows 6-8 months out, though we hold a few programming slots open to have greater flexibility to schedule 1-3 months out.

If you have any questions, please feel free to send them to rita@hugetheater.com. Can’t wait to see what you’re all scheming!

Thanks, as always, for considering HUGE as a potential venue for your show.

If you cannot see the form, please click here:

https://forms.gle/XD5tnebBc7ShyxmZ6

Family Dinner auditions now OPEN!

Family Dinner is holding auditions to add performers to the current cast. CLARIFICATION: Director Molly Ritchie has already cast some people. This would be supplementing that cast.

Please fill out this form to request an audition time for Family Dinner 2019- directed by the show’s creator, Molly Ritchie. Assistant Director: Kim Sigler

Back for its eighth holiday season at HUGE, Family Dinner is improv done in the genre of realism. An unscripted dramatic comedy in two acts about a family gathering for a holiday meal. Act One is the arrival, Act Two takes place at the table while eating REAL FOOD.

Thank you very much for your interest in Family Dinner 2019!

PERFORMANCES
Family Dinner will run Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00PM, Nov 1 – Dec 28 2019 at HUGE Improv Theater. You must be available for at least 6 shows. Scheduling will vary.

AUDITIONS
will be held at HUGE Theater. You will be notified of your scheduled time via email.
Sun. 9/1, 12:00 – 7:00 PM
Wed. 9/4, 4:00 – 7:00 PM

REHEARSALS
will be held at HUGE Theater (3037 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis)
Wednesdays 9/18 – 10/30, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, and
Mondays 10/21 & 10/28, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
You must be able to attend at least 7 of the 9 rehearsals to be considered for casting.

PAY
There is a $50 stipend paid per performance you are scheduled.

If you cannot see the form, please click this link:

https://forms.gle/YwGADUJs5GbYLLks5

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:

CREATURE FEATURE 2019 
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:

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

REHEARSALS
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!
—- or —-
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.
—- or —-
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.
—- or —-
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!

INSTRUCTOR BIOS

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 Reductress.com. 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