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Creature Feature/Ka-Baam!! Audition Schedule

If you cannot make your scheduled time, please email to let us know right away – please plan on arriving 15 minutes prior to your audition to check in and warm up with your group.

Saturday June 9th – Morning Schedule

10:00 AM 10:30 AM 11:00 AM 11:30 AM
Blake Thielmann Amee Nefzger Banks Bret Meyer Erica Berglund
Heather Baldwin Kristen Ragnacci Edd Jones Christopher Harrington
Michael Deneen Kelsey McGregor Richard Ralston Mike Koscielny
Derek Landseidel Pamela Mazzone
Max Power-Tree Cullen Donohue Kristin Carlson Monique Dargis
Ian Welch Jordan Weinand Bradley Machov Andy Mattfield
Michael Aultman Brian Hodge-Rice Emily Townswick Cassandra Havenor


Saturday June 9th – Afternoon Schedule

12:00 PM 12:30 PM 1:00 PM 1:30 PM
Chris Ragnacci Jennifer Adriene Burks Ryan Sanderson Aaron Cook
Jesse David Burrows Erik Hoversten Christian Unser Andy Christian
Allison Winkler Mandi Bedbury Katie Novak Mary Ruebel
Wells Farnham Rachel Nielsen Ben Wagner Jon Reek
Susannah Eckberg Ally Rae Michelle D’Angelo Danielle Heinert
Amanda Schille Julietta Benson Erin Kennedy Max Beyer
Will Schroeder Eden Yosief Robbie Darling Liz Oswood
2:00 PM 2:30 PM 3:00 PM 3:30 PM
Jonathan Pulse Julie Censullo Travis Galloway Spencer Retelle
Victoria Provost/Nierengarten Douglas Cox Anna Tobin Sean McInerney
Krissy Sorensen Craig Gemmill Craig Corsi Janay D. Henry
Adam Dahlen Tonya Wershow Timothy J Eberle Bryce Kalal
Cicely Robin Laing Nora Johnson Mara Emmons Nikhil Enugula
Luke Zenker Brad Krieger Joseph McGowan Seniz Lennes
Linda Saetre

Monday June 11th – Evening Schedule

4:00 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 5:30 PM
Brian Lesterberg Mackenzi brophy John Bickford Ryan Klima
Phillip Schramm Mawrgyn Roper Tyler Martindale Kari Mellerup
Courtney Miller Jack Kelly Eric Brown Daniel Mauleon
Brid Henry Roy Taylor Casey Holmstrom Vanessa Tu
Nicole Fende Mahmoud Hakima Tommy Caravello Ella McNeil
Siri Hellerman Deon Haider David Bashein Jackson Mellius


6:00 PM 6:30 PM 7:00 PM
Max Besner Phil Petersen Daniel schwartz
Kati Sloan Kristin Turnblom Jackson Collins
Ricardo Romero Elia Benitez Nathan Kelly
Ed Timek Julia Alvarez Laura Hild
Cody Madison Jacob Walter Kayleen Barlow
Emilie Hanson Carolynn Oaks Abe vanderBent
Sally Foster

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

KaBaam!! the improvised comic book:  
director: MJ Marsh
assistant director: Emily Lindholm

Creature Feature
director: Meghan Wolff
assistant director: TBA

The Details

AUDITION TIMES will be scheduled:
Saturday 6/9 – 10am-6pm
Monday 6/11 – 4pm-7:30pm
Callbacks will be held Friday 6/15 and Saturday 6/17 from 5pm-7pm 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 – Thursdays 7-9pm

Ka-Baam!! – Sundays 6-9pm


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


Small College Town Cast

Thank you all so much for auditioning for Small College Town – a Denzel Belin production
This audition process really showcased the powerhouse that the Twin Cities is for improv. It was a delight to see so much passion for improv and I am excited for the future of it all because of all of you.

The cast for Small College Town is:
Andy Christian
Ava Bird
Brid Henry
Cicely Robin Laing
Erica Solomon
Justin Betancourt
Laura Berger
Peter Centner
Ryan Blix
Sabrina Diehl
Shelby Schroeder
Vann Daley

For those cast, please look for emails later this week regarding the first rehearsal and more information regarding the show.

For those not cast, I truly and honestly hope to see you all at future auditions.

  • Denzel Belin

ALERT : April 14th Auditions CANCELLED

from Denzel:

the SCT Team decided to cancel today’s auditions based on the Weather Advisory that is still in effect. This decision was reached considering many factors including the safety consideration of driving and making sure we have nice full groups for the auditions. An audition should not be something you feel hesitant about because of weather.
So, what does this mean for the April 14th people?
We are having a different day for auditions: April 28th. Right now, I am scheduling everyone who was auditioning today (4/14) to the 28th at the same time you were planned on for today. I have also reached out to the Phoenix Theater (26th and Hennepin) if we can use on of their rehearsal spaces for the auditions as HUGE is booked during that time. I will email once the location is confirmed. If there is anyone who cannot traverse down a set of stairs, which the Phoenix has to access its rehearsal spaces, who is scheduled for the new date, do reach out and we can figure out a way to see you. This should to be a discouraging factor to audition.
I know that this may not work for people and I am ready and able to move things in the puzzle that is scheduling to make this happen.
Now, if you were planning on auditioning today, cannot do the 28th, but can to earlier on the 21st let me know, and if there are enough people in this boat I’ll see if I can make another slot. This is not a guarantee, but something we are willing to consider.
Audition schedules now look like this:
April 28th
12:30 – 1:00 1:00 – 1:30 1:30 – 2:00 2:00 – 2:30 2:30 – 3:00
Joseph McGowan Michael Renner John Bickford Kelsey Dilts McGregor
Nikhil Enugula Madhu Bangalore Ryan Blix Brooke Fanning Ryan Klima
Anna Marie Schmidt Mara Klocksien Emily Townswick Lars Midthun
Janay D. Henry Phil Schramm Marty Wessels Laura Hild Amelia Helm
Ryan Sanderson Andy Christian Jack Rybarczyk Rebecca Patterson
Kim Lambert Travis Galloway Pamela Mazzone Michael Aultman Shelby Schroeder
Vicky Nierengarten Ben Wagner Kya Fischer Adam M Mellerup
Edd Jones Lilly Rotter Laura Berger Valerie Hurst
Linda Saetre Christian Unser
April 21st
12:30 – 1:00 1:00 – 1:30 1:30 – 2:00 2:00 – 2:30 2:30 – 3:00
Gabby Vanden Avond Will Schroeder Alicia Eler Cherelle-Renee Childs Ava Bird
Erik Hoversten Ariel Starzinski Julietta Benson Danielle Heinert Matt Tatone
Issabelle Allen Brad Krieger Mike Koscielny Max Beyer Jack Kelly
Jeffrey Ross Brid Henry Ally Rae Max Besner Jenny Wahl
Jesse David Burrows Amanda Schille Amee Nefzger Banks Peter Centner Kyle Dekker
Justin Betancourt Chris Ragnacci Michael Deneen Tommy Feichtinger Sabrina Diehl
Kristen Marks Cicely Robin Laing Dan Schwartz Tommy Caravello Vanessa Tu
Ernest Olhead Cody Madison Eric Geistfeld Amy Zajack Vann Daley
Sarah Busch Mike McCarron Erica Solomon Hope Slusar Joey Hamburger

Audition Schedule: Small College Town

April 14th

12:30 – 1:00 1:00 – 1:30 1:30 – 2:00 2:00 – 2:30 2:30 – 3:00
Joseph McGowan Michael Renner John Bickford Brianna Kocka Kelsey Dilts McGregor
Nikhil Enugula Sarah Busch Courtney Miller Brooke Fanning Ryan Klima
Kayleen Barlow Anna Marie Schmidt Mara Klocksien Emily Townswick Lars Midthun
Janay D. Henry Phil Schramm Marty Wessels Laura Hild Amelia Helm
Ryan Sanderson Andy Christian Monique Dargis Jack Rybarczyk Rebecca Patterson
James Satter Travis Galloway Pamela Mazzone Michael Aultman Shelby Schroeder
Christian Unser Vicky Nierengarten Ben Wagner Kya Fischer Siri Hellerman
Kim Lambert Edd Jones Lilly Rotter Laura Berger Valerie Hurst
Madhu Bangalore Ryan Blix Linda Saetre Michael Deneen

April 21st

12:30 – 1:00 1:00 – 1:30 1:30 – 2:00 2:00 – 2:30 2:30 – 3:00
Joseph Facente Will Schroeder Alicia Eler Cherelle-Renee Childs Ava Bird
Gabby Vanden Avond Ariel Starzinski Julietta Benson Danielle Heinert Matt Tatone
Erik Hoversten Brad Krieger Mike Koscielny Max Beyer Jack Kelly
Issabelle Allen Brid Henry Ally Rae Max Besner Jenny Wahl
Jeffrey Ross Amanda Schille Amee Nefzger Banks Peter Centner Kyle Dekker
Jesse David Burrows Chris Ragnacci Adam M Mellerup Tommy Feichtinger Sabrina Diehl
Justin Betancourt Cicely Robin Laing Dan Schwartz Tommy Caravello Vanessa Tu
Kristen Marks Cody Madison Eric Geistfeld Amy Zajack Vann Daley
Ernest Olhead Mike McCarron Erica Solomon Hope Slusar Joey Hamburger

IAGG spring lottery results

The April 1st IAGG Lottery results:

Brown & Moody
Fast & Furious
Four Legs Good
Less Than Three
Lewis and Clark: The Improvised Musical
Meat & Cheese
Official Ostrich Committee
Subatomic Duck
Tobes & Prindy
Totally Cool
Trash Panda
Wahlberg and Wahlberg vs. The World

HUGE Artist Summit – Saturday April 28 & Sunday April 29, 2018

OH NO, THIS IS THE 2018 PAGE! Please click here for 2019 info.

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 the beginning 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 28 at HUGE Theater  
Session #1 – 12-1:45pm “The Broad Overview” with Molly Chase & Butch Roy
Session #2 – 2-4PM “You want diversity, but are you inclusive?” with Ashawnti Ford & John Gebretatose

Sunday April 29 at HUGE Theater
Session #3 – 12-1:45pm “Marketing – How to get strangers to come see your show” with Brandon Boat & Alana Horton
Session #4 – 2-4pm “Graphic Design for Improvisers” with Sean Dillon & Beth Gibbs

Session #1 – Saturday 4/28 12-1:45pm  “The Broad Overview” with Molly Chase & Butch Roy 
In this session, Molly & Butch will tackle some of the questions and obstacles that all producers face, with an eye on venue relations. This will include the very basic questions “What IS an improv producer?”  and plenty of time for Q & A. Molly Chase is the Managing Director of HUGE Theater. Butch Roy is the Executive Director of HUGE Theater.
Session #2 – Saturday 4/28 2-4PM “You want diversity, but are you inclusive?” with Ashawnti Sakina Ford & John Gebretatose
This session will take you through the different areas that require thought and care to making your production inclusive. There will be a detailed outline that walks you through a production from the view of a patron and from the view of a cast member. We hope to have discussions and learn from each other along the way.Ashawnti Sakina Ford is an actress, teaching artist and improviser based in the Twin Cities. Her work is centered on social justice and arts accessibility. As a teaching artist, she has worked with Minneapolis public schools and charter schools facilitating workshops in theatre, improv and social justice. She has been seen across Twin Cities stages.John Gebretatose rose from the ranks of a HUGE Improv Theater student, to a HUGE Improv instructor and now also the Director of Diversity and Inclusion. He trained and worked at Brave New Workshop and has been performing stand-up, improv and sketch comedy in the Twin Cities for over 10 years. John is a founding member of one of the hottest new improv groups, Blackout. He is the co-creator of the Black and Funny Improv Festival. He is also one of the founding members of the sketch comedy show, Late Nights Minneapolis. He has traveled the world performing improv and teaching workshops.
Session #3 – Sunday 12-1:45pm  “Marketing – How to get strangers to come see your show” with Brandon Boat & Alana Horton 
This session will give you an overview of successful marketing and promotion practices in order to get audiences to your show. You will learn about beginning and advanced techniques including branding, social media, postcards, developing a press kit, using surveys, and buying advertising. You will receive sample materials and other resources to help you out at whatever your familiarity.Brandon Boat has been performing improv for over 15 years and is one of the co-founders of The Theater of Public Policy. Since becoming a full-time improv performer, he has performed 300+ times. His projects have received media coverage over 50+ times. He has performed in 30 cities around Minnesota and has toured nationally. Foundations and state agencies have awarded over $175,000 in grant funding for his improv shows.Alana Horton is a performer, director, visual artist, marketer and graphic designer with a particular interest in new work and ensemble-driven creation. She is a core company member of Savage Umbrella and has collaborated in various ways with Red Eye Theater, New Epic Theater, Bedlam Theatre, Dolan/Herringa, Raw Sugar, Dangerous Productions, Collective Unconscious Performance, Little Lifeboats and more.
Session #4 – Sunday 4/29 2-4pm “Graphic Design for Improvisers” with Sean Dillon & Beth K. Gibbs
Giving your improv show or group a visual identity is an important step in promoting your work and letting the world know what you’re all about. In this session, Beth and Sean will provide a broad overview on how to put your visual best foot forward, from technical tools and techniques, to aesthetic advice and best practices from their own experiences.Sean Dillon is an improv performer, teacher, and director, based out of HUGE Theater. His other night job of the past 15 years is as a freelance graphic designer for Squid & Whale Design, focused on theatrical design locally and for theaters across the U.S. Some of his recent designs for HUGE include Off Book, Neutrino, Troika Mpls, and those fancy temporary tats in the gumball machine in the lobby.Beth K. Gibbs is a Twin Cities illustrator and improvisor. When she is not illustrating comedy posters and pet portraits, you can find her performing with her three-human comedy group, Ladyfriend, or co-hosting & producing, Totes Recall, a podcast about kind of remembering movies. Beth has trained at Brave New Workshop and HUGE Theater. Give her a donut and she will be your best friend forever.

Register here!



– Last day for audition sign ups is April 5th
– Audition dates will be sent on April 8th

The producer has the right to end sign ups early if audition size reaches a
maximum point but will work to see as many people as possible

Small College Town is holding auditions for its run at HUGE Theater on Fridays
at 8:00pm in July and August.

Small College Town is an improv show inspired by the classic forms of Spoon
River and Small Town. By adding a fun, collegiate twist to it, the show will follow
four people who will go through the college experience, from application to
graduation. In tandem with four players who will play everyone else. A new and
unique college town and experience will be created every night. Structure and
fun will allow the cast to dive deep into a big life change with all the twists and
turns that college brings, up until that last day.


Show run:  Fridays at 8:00pm, July/August at HUGE Theater
Auditions will take place at HUGE Theater in half-hour slots on the following
–  Saturday April 14th – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
–  Saturday, April 21st, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

*** Please arrive early to fill out audition form and conflict sheets. No headshot or
resume will be needed.
To schedule an audition please fill out this FORM

Rehearsal dates and times:
May 5th, 12th 19th, 26th, June 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, June 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, July 2nd
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

At the audition, you will be asked to notate conflicts that you have with any of the
rehearsal dates. It is possible to miss a few rehearsals however availability will
be factored into the casting decisions. If you have any questions regarding this,
please email

Rehearsals will be at HUGE Theaters and other rehearsal spaces and where
rehearsals are located will be communicated to performers in a timely fashion.
At least 50% of the cast will be comprised of people who have not been
cast for Wednesday or Friday/Saturday shows that have been at HUGE. If
you are early in your improv career, this would be a great project to audition for.
If you have any questions, please email Denzel Belin at

This project is celebration of a classic form with a new twist. We shall learn from
the past and each other to create a fun and engaging team and performance.
At auditions, please bring a strong sense of play, support, and creativity.
Having familiarity with the college experience is not required; this show will
celebrate everyone’s experiences and what they can bring to the table.

Small College Town will be produced and directed by Denzel Belin and assistant
directed by Mawrgyn Roper.

Glossary of Terms

Glossary of terms

Because of the changing nature of improv groups and productions, it’s useful to clarify the terms as HUGE is using them:

Show: Any production proposed and/or booked at HUGE

Group: May be a set cast (i.e. The Mess) or may be a production entity that assembles a cast for a run of show.

Producer: Person responsible for production support on the show side – may include all aspects of the group’s responsibilities outside of the artistic direction of show content, i.e. scheduling rehearsals, point of contact for logistics for both cast and venue, etc.

Director: Person responsible for the quality and content of what is performed on stage – point of contact with venue for matters of artistic vision and quality as well as any issues, concerns and feedback involving the cast.

Assistant Director: Responsible for working with the director to co-create and communicate the vision for the show with the cast through rehearsals and notes.

HUGE Production Team: The Artistic Director, Program Coordinator, Executive Director, Technical Director and Marketing Director. Currently our Executive Director (Butch Roy) is serving as Technical Director and Marketing Director in addition to other responsibilities.

HUGE 7 Year Anniversary Show Cast

January 27th, 2018 – 8pm – HUGE Theater celebrates 7 very unlikely and unpredictable years on our stage the only way we know how. With some improv, some laughter with some friends, another “generation” photo and some updates on the crazy year behind us and the crazier years in front of us.

Can you believe it was only what-feels-like-fifteen-years-ago?

The performing cast of the HUGE 7 Year Anniversary Show:

Anna Tobin
Aric McKeown
Becky Hauser
Butch Roy
Duck Washington
Erik Nielsen
Erin Kennedy
Erin Sheppard
Gregory Parks
Gubby Kubik
Hannah Wydeven
Jada Pulley
Jen Scott
Jill Bernard
Joe Bozic
Joe Rapp
John Gebretatose
Katy Kessler
Lizzie Gardner
Matt Slater
MJ Marsh
Molly Chase
Rita Boersma
Sally Foster
Sean Dillon
Spencer Retelle
Theo Langason

:: cast list subject to change ::