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HUGE Artist Summit – Two Saturdays: April 20 & 27, 2019

Hey you! Yes, you! Do you create or perform in improv shows? Do you produce or direct improv shows? Would you like to learn how to be even more successful? HUGE is hosting an Artist Summit to answer the questions we are asked most often.  We perceive this to be part of a great ongoing conversation, and invite you to join us for it. This event is no fee, but we do need a headcount, please register here.


Saturday April 20th at HUGE Theater  

Session #1 – Saturday 4/20 10am-12pm  “Producer’s Toolkit” with Rita Boersma & Butch Roy

Session #2 – Saturday 4/20 2-4PM “Coaching Improv” with Lizzie Gardner

Saturday April 27 at HUGE Theater

Session #3 – Saturday 4/27 10am-12pm 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

Session #4 – Saturday 4/27 2pm-4pm  “Presenting the Show” with Bryce Kalal

Session #1 – Saturday 4/20 10am-12pm  “Producer’s Toolkit” with Rita Boersma & Butch RoyIn this session, Rita & Butch will address how to be an improv producer from the roots up, specifically focused on producing a show at HUGE with applications far beyond. Includes plenty of time for Q & A. Rita Boersma is the Artistic Director of HUGE Theater. Butch Roy is the Executive Director of HUGE Theater.
Session #2 – Saturday 4/20 2-4PM “Coaching Improv” with Lizzie GardnerCoaching an improv team to achieve their goals is an art form. This session with Lizzie Gardner will arm you to be an organized, effective, adaptive, resourceful improv coach.  Lizzie Gardner is a member of Shrieking Harpies and Guts & Teeth, is a HUGE Theater teacher, and is on the leadership team of Fairplay MN that works to help promote and create safe and trusting comedy and theater spaces for womxn-trans-non binary improvisers. She is the former Program Director for the Brave New Workshop Student Unión and has performed around the Twin Cities with many different groups, at the Brave New Workshop and HUGE Theater among many others. She has also coached many groups with a variety of different goals and structures in the last 6 years.
Session #3 – Saturday 4/27 10am-12pm 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 This panel will discuss the importance of gender identity and pronouns. Gender is not the binary you may have been raised to believe it is. A frank moderated discussion of personal experiences of what gender means and how to navigate it in your teams, auditions and classes.
Session #4 – Saturday 4/27 2pm-4pm  “Presenting the Show” with Bryce KalalThe difference between a starving artist and an international superstar isn’t years of experience or unmistakable talent—it’s the presentation. In this workshop, Bryce Kalal will guide you through each stage of a live production, and demonstrate how you can win over the crowd before your first scene. From incorporating tech, to hosting, to space-work and more, you’ll learn to see your show from the audience’s perspective. There will be a short presentation, large group exercises, and small group scenes with coaching.Bryce Kalal joined the Twin Cities improv community as a HUGE Theater student in 2013. Today, he is a regular performer, producer, director, tech, and house manager. Outside of improv, he is an active musician, writer, editor, videographer, actor, and sketch artist. You can catch him almost every Thursday as host of Space Jam, or listen to his music at

Register here!

We have set up Zoom meetings so that you can participate in the HUGE Artist Summit using your computer or phone.  Zoom is a meeting software, you can download the app or just use your browser. You can even dial in!
Artist Summit Day 1
Time: Apr 20, 2019 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Audition Announcement: Bummertown!

Bummertown is adding cast members for our upcoming run at HUGE Improv Theater in July and August. (9:30PM Fridays)

Auditions are Saturday, April 13, at HUGE. If you’re interested in auditioning, please fill out Audition Interest Form by midnight, March 30.

Important Dates and More Information About the Show:

Bummertown is an improvised show that offers a fresh look at the intersection of comedy and sad comedy – major downers and hilarity, intertwined. The show is an independent production created by Dan Jaquette and directed by Molly Chase. 

Bummertown is seeking ensemble members who have 3+ years performance experience and who are interested in treating serious topics with truth and humor. We’re seeking performers who are comfortable giving/taking focus and building scenes through honest action and reaction.

– Six rehearsals will be scheduled. Five rehearsals will be Saturday mornings  at HUGE, from 10am to noon in May and June. (The schedule avoids the weekends of Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and TCIF.) The sixth rehearsal will be scheduled mid-run, with the date determined by full cast availability.

– Auditions will be held the afternoon of Saturday, April 13, at HUGE. If you cannot be available that day, but still want to be considered for the cast, you can indicate that in the form

– The audition schedule will be emailed on or before Tuesday, April 2. 

Feel free to send any questions to Thanks!


Yay! It’s March 1st and you know what that means! Well, you might not because this is the first time it means this, but…the HUGE Show Proposal Form is back open! We will be taking show submissions from March 1st-30th to book for the second half of the year. We’re so excited to hear from you. All the info is in the form but if you have any additional questions, email

If you do not see the form below – click HERE

Attenborough 2019 Cast

Thank you, yet again, to all those who came out to audition for Attenborough. It was so hilariously beautiful to watch everyone do this absurd thing. It literally never gets easier to make these decisions. Not ever. 

Here is the 2019 cast for Attenborough*:

  • Becky Hauser
  • Bobby Gardner
  • Emily Lindholm
  • Erin Kennedy
  • Erin Sheppard
  • Jen Scott
  • Justin Betancourt
  • Kelly Sheehy
  • Mark Benzel
  • Molly Ritchie
  • Sean Dillon
  • Susannah Eckburg
  • Will Schroeder
  • Zoa Dru

Directed by Rita Boersma

*Attenborough is an independent production not a HUGE production.

Improvised History Auditions

Auditions for a new “improvised history” show to run at HUGE Theater Friday nights at 8pm in May/June. All experience levels wanted. No knowledge of history required. Please fill out the form on or before 5pm, JANUARY 31.
Directed by: Bradley Machov

Saturday, February 9, 10a-3p
Wednesday, February 13, 5:30-7:30p
at HUGE Improv Theater

Saturdays 12p-2p, February 23- May 4 (EXCEPT Mar 23)
at HUGE Improv Theater


[NOTE: This show is not produced by HUGE, but we thought you’d like the 411 on auditions]

On being there for each other…literally

Jill here. We recently received a note on our Anonymous Contact form about improvisors leaving early on Sundays and Wednesdays, copied below. It’s a really nice summary of how important it is to your fellow performers that you stick around to watch their sets, a best practice we endorse.

Here’s what I want to say about it. There are things that are outside of HUGE Theater’s control, and decisions people make for themselves. Of course we’d encourage everyone to stay and support their colleagues — but this is not a mandate we can make on people who are volunteering their time, and no one should feel shamed.

If you’re feeling the energy to modify others’ behavior, please speak to them yourself and lead the change. This particular issue is one I used to spend a lot of time being upset about. I would confront people as they headed to the exit and they always had good reasons: an early wake-up, family obligations, etc. Sometimes they just had a low tolerance for improv, which is valid. After years of misery I realized I can’t set other people’s priorities and professional ethics for them and the best strategy is to do an improv set so good that they will hear about it later and feel stupid for missing it.

Here is the text of the anonymous message we received: 

I have noticed during Improv A Go-Go and HUGE Wednesdays that when groups perform (1st,2nd,3rd) they will often leave instead of coming back into the theater to support the groups after them.

I completely understand that people must get home to kids, or have an early morning, and I am definitely guilty of leaving shows early myself simply because I felt like it- but my issue comes when it’s a habit and every member of a group leaves early, every show. I think of HUGE as a community, so we should support each other, and leaving as soon as your group is done doesn’t show a lot of that spirit-sometimes there’s almost a ‘diva vibe’ that happens when group “”A”” has been supported/watched by groups B,C, and D, but as soon as “”A”” is done performing they don’t return the courtesy to support the others.

Obviously, there is a little clear out of audience members during intermission (because the people they want to support have performed already) and there’s not much we can do about that except potentially having groups with large draws perform after intermission, but what we can control (or at least influence or heavily suggest) is that the performers stick around after intermission and after their own performance.

We can’t know what is happening for each individual in their life, but when a big group is consistently leaving early every show, it shows not just to the performers, but to the audience. Maybe there should be a post/discussion about this on a HUGE performer or community page? I was never outright suggested to stick around by HUGE as a performer, but maybe this can be pushed more (with a gentle understanding that sometimes people really can’t stick around)?

I know this feeling is shared by other performers. I love what we do here, I love the opportunities HUGE brings, and this feedback was written with the best intentions to continue supporting our community.

Improvathon 2018 Schedule!

Here you are, delightful weirdos and dedicated supporters!

– There may still be some additions made that require us to split some of the 30 minute times into 20 minute blocks – we will contact affected groups directly if that happens – please be aware of your set length as they are not all the same.

– The t-shirt order goes in November 2nd – if you send “oh hey, we need to add one more to the shirts” after November 1st  there won’t be much I can do for you.

– graphics for sharing/posting are coming soon – we have been holding off on some of them to avoid early donations, there will be a big rollout of info and images after Nov. 1st.

Thank you to everyone for being part of this massive day
It’s gonna be unreal.


WEDS 11/14 7:00PM doors open
8:00 PM The Ops Team
8:20 PM Jorts!
8:40 PM Bearded Company
9:00 PM Shrieking Harpies
9:30 PM Drum Machine
10:00 PM Brotha Brotha
10:30 PM Fifth Wheel
11:00 PM Bollyprov
11:20 PM Last Action Movie
11:40 PM Two Children Left Behind
THURS 11/15 Give to the Max Day officially begins
MIDNIGHT Rumblepack
12:20 AM We don’t have to do that…
12:40 AM Crumplstiltskin
1:00 AM Cavalcade
1:30 AM Randomly Chosen
2:00 AM Fickle Me, Zelmo
2:30 AM Shelly & Ethel: Take the Stage!!
3:00 AM Squash Banana
3:30 AM Fever Dream
4:00 AM Cody Narrates the Audience in Song
4:30 AM Phil-osophy
5:00 AM Gifted & Talented
5:30 AM Sharpies
6:00 AM Reservoir Frogs
6:30 AM Trust Fall Improv
7:00 AM Student Jam 1
7:30 AM Bad Spiders
8:00 AM Morning Break
8:30 AM Snowball
9:00 AM Assigment: Danger!
9:30 AM Glasstones
10:00 AM Community Ed
10:30 AM Subatomic Duck
11:00 AM Adorable
11:30 AM Bad Bunnies
NOON Break
12:30 PM Benches with Pam
1:00 PM 1UP
1:30 PM Dance Break
2:00 PM Tarantino
2:30 PM Here We Are Now
3:00 PM Non Zero Chance
3:30 PM Snack Time
4:00 PM Student Jam 2
4:30 PM Rebel Grrls
5:00 PM Round Table
5:20 PM Ancient Future Division
5:40 PM Break
6:00 PM Break
6:20 PM It’s for you!
6:40 PM Postcards from the Edge
7:00 PM POC Ensemble
7:20 PM Dilly Dally
7:40 PM Interludes
8:00 PM The Whereases
9:00 PM Ladyfriend
9:30 PM The Mess
10:00 PM Guts & Teeth
10:30 PM Blackout
11:00 PM Other Jeanie Retelle
11:30 PM Super Good
MIDNIGHT Improvathon & Give to the Max Day ends – ALL FALL DOWN

please email butch at HUGEtheater dot com if you have any questions, concerns, needs, emergencies, crazy ideas that need approval….all of it.

Throwback 2019 Teams Announced

Thanks for everyone’s patience as it took a few days to have all the Directors review the audition videos, as needed, and then to make this incredibly tough decision. Throwback is such an exciting show because it mixes newer and experienced performers alike in order to come up with different and dynamic groups. As HUGE’s only “teaching show,” it gives more experienced improvisors the chance to use their skills to lead and bolster a team and newer performers a chance to dig in and build off the potential we saw in auditions. And then of course, the teams are directed by some of the best in the biz. And because this is such a complicated puzzle to solve, it makes casting so incredibly difficult. Especially with the overwhelmingly large turnout this year. We had nearly 140 people audition for only 30 spots. That’s. So. Awesome.

Thanks for everything everyone gave. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, don’t you dare let this be your last audition. This community is bursting with talent.

Without further ado, here are your Throwback Teams this year:
  1. The Harold – Directed by Lauren Anderson and Lizzie Gardner
  2. Adam Iverson
  3. Anna Tobin
  4. Bethany McHugh
  5. Brooke Fanning
  6. Bryce Kalal
  7. Damian Johnson
  8. Mackenzie Brophy
  9. Mawrgyn Roper
  10. Richard Ralston
  11. Sandra Struthers


  1. Armando – Directed by Jill Bernard with Assistant Director Liz Council
  2. Anna Larranaga
  3. Breanna Cecile
  4. Chris Johnson
  5. Christopher Rodriguez
  6. Erica Solomon
  7. Gurayn Sylte
  8. Jenny Wahl
  9. Justin Betancourt
  10. Meghan Wolff
  11. Michael Rogers


  1. Close Quarters – Directed by Hannah Wydeven with Assistant Director Alexis Camille
  2. Andrea Ravich
  3. Bradley Machov
  4. Christian Unser
  5. Janay Henry
  6. Laura Hild
  7. Lynn Hu
  8. Nora Coyle
  9. Phil Petersen
  10. Shelby Schroeder
  11. Zoa Dru

Auditions for Off Book

Hey, everyone! Just a bump here. The Off Book auditions are live and you should. Get. On. It.

Here’s the lowdown from Directors Sean Dillon and Maggie Sotos:

Off Book is an improv show, based on the show Gravid Waters originally produced by the Upright Citizens Brigade. In Off Book, we ask experienced stage actors to memorize one character in a two character scene. The actors then perform those scenes with improviser scene partners who have no idea what scene they are performing. Chaos and hilarity ensues.

This run at HUGE Theater will be directed by Sean Dillon and Maggie Sotos. Performances for this run will be Saturdays 8:00-9:30pm in Jan/Feb 2019, with a mandatory call time of 7:00pm sharp. There are no rehearsals for the show, and the commitment is only for a single performance. Actors are supplied with their scripts a minimum of two weeks before the performance.

For this run, we are seeking performers with a minimum of one year of performing experience. If this is you, please fill out the form below BY OCTOBER 21 to let us know you’re interested. Please note that there are no auditions for our scripted actors, and we will only be auditioning improvisers whose work we need to know better. If we need to schedule you for an audition, we will contact you. Actors, please note: as this is an improv show, it falls outside of Actors’ Equity Association’s jurisdiction, so both union and non-union actors are welcome to participate. There is no pay.

Casting occurs on a rolling basis, so if we cannot utilize your talents, we may not have the opportunity to confirm this until near the end of the run. Please do not hold space on your calendar, we will work with people’s changing schedules to the best or our abilities. Interest in this show is generally quite high, and regrettably, we are never able to cast all of the performers we would like. There are a number of factors that go into our casting decisions, of which talent is only one.

Questions and concerns can be directed to Sean at . Thank you for your interest!

If you don’t see the form below, click here.

Throwback Audition Schedule

Reminder of Audition schedule for Throwback as well as the information for each groups rehearsal schedule:

Throwback Night will run Fridays at 8pm in January and February at HUGE Theater
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 breaks for the holidays), cast are expected to miss no more than 2 rehearsals.
The Harold – Directed by Lauren Anderson & Lizzie Gardner
Rehearsals :: Sundays 10am-Noon (First 3 rehearsals at location other than HUGE), late Oct – early Jan
Armando – Directed by Jill Bernard; Assistant Director – Liz Council
Rehearsals :: Saturdays 2-4p, first week of November-early Jan
Close Quarters – Directed by Hannah Wydeven; Assistant Director – Alexis Camille
Rehearsals :: Saturdays 12-2p, late Oct-early Jan
Saturday 10/13
10:00 AM 10:30 AM 11:00 AM 11:30 AM 12:00 PM 12:30 PM
Derek Landseidel Cherelle-Renee Childs Brooke Fanning Amee Nefzger Banks Mike McCarron Phil Petersen
Cullen Donohue Jacob Randall Gurayn Sylte Bradley Machov Michael Deneen Tommy Caravello
Monique Dargis Carolynn oaks Erica Solomon Wells Farnham Edd Jones Jon Reek
Nora Coyle Allison Winkler Jeff Kaisershot Mary Ruebel Andy Christian Chris Johnson
Alejandro Aguirre Andy Mattfield Tyler Martindale Phil Schramm Neil Carlinschauer Jenny Wahl
Cody Madison Mike Koscielny Joseph Schifsky Hannah Fiedler Eric Heiberg Courtney Miller
Jacob Walter Anna Larranaga Ben Wagner Ricardo Romero Douglas Cox Max Burton
Sandra Struthers Sarah Arnold Kip Hathaway Rachel Buhman Andy Katzung Jesse Burrows
Saturday 10/13
2:00 PM 2:30 PM 3:00 PM 3:30 PM 4:00 PM 4:30 PM
Bethany McHugh Julietta Benson Travis Galloway Bryce Kalal Siri Hellerman Lillian Walker
Julie Censullo Amelia Helm Jeff Boigenzahn II Lynn Hu Katie novak Craig Corsi
Hannah McNamee Cicely Robin Laing christopher rodriguez Vicky Nierengarten Henry Tubbs Craig Gemmill
Laura Hild Josh Thelen Anna Marie Schmidt Will Schroeder Mandi Bedbury Mara Emmons
Pamela Mazzone Casey Holmstrom Hope Slusar Jon Schuster Erik Hoversten Sarah Baker
Amy Zajack Joseph McGowan Nora Johnson Adam Dahlen Danielle Heinert Ariel Starzinski
Kristin Turnblom Robbie Darling Michael Rogers Janay Henry Kari Mellerup Bret Meyer
Jacob Fate Linda Bieza Gretchen Grunzke Anna Tobin Rich Mansfield Emily Townswick
Monday 10/15
4:00 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 6:00 PM 6:30 PM
Shelby Schroeder Mawrgyn Roper Ryan Klima Jack Kelly Robert Waters Lilly Rotter
Breanna Cecile Zoa Dru Peter Pierce Christian Unser Meghan Wolff Casey MacCallum
Erik Ostrom Carl Olson Eric Brown Brad Krieger Eric Geistfeld Laura Berger
Deon Haider Kelly Sheehy Chris Ragnacci Adam Boutz Chad Anderson Kelsey McGregor
Madhu Bangalore Mackenzi brophy Pam Franklin Jonathan Pulse Nick Aune Abe vanderBent
Marty Wessels Adam Iverson Justin Betancourt Richard Ralston Shea Roberts Frank Kohlasch
James Satter John W Bickford Vanessa Tu Brian Johnson Kyle CarlinSchauer Kristen Ragnacci
Andrea Ravich Emilie Hanson Damian Johnson Chris Harrington Nathan Kelly Tyler conway