Performers Blog

Contest4Improv4Humans Winner

We would like to thank everyone that came out yesterday to watch and take part in the contest – we are happy to announce that the winning group is


Their video will be sent to improv4humans for the next round of competition
Please join us in congratulating jorts and wish them luck in the next round!


HUGE 6 Year Anniversary Cast

[ Cause to celebrate with your oldest, dearest mates – Drums did crack and hands did shake ]

The Anniversary cast is always far too small to include everyone that we would like to include in the event – we learned the answer to “how many people is too many?” a couple years ago when the joists in the stage were making cracking sounds during the annual photo.

This year we tried to include as many of our teachers and TA’s as we could – but also a number of directors and producers from the past year – and we are pleased and thrilled to announce the names here!

Performing this Saturday at the HUGE Anniversary:

Aric McKeown
Becky Hauser
Beth Gibbs
Butch Roy
Casey Haeg
Eric Knobel
Erik Nielsen
Erin Sheppard
Gubby Kubik
Hannah Wydeven
James Rone
Jen Scott
Joe Bozic
Joe Rapp
Jen Van Kaam
Katy Kessler
Kory Pullam
Michael Ritchie
MJ Marsh
Molly Chase
Nels Lennes
Rita Boersma
Sean Dillon

Please join us this Saturday as we do what we do best and I try to squeeze six years of love and gratitude into two magic words.


Contest4Improv4Humans Registration is CLOSED!

Registration is currently closed due reaching capacity – if you have any questions please email

We will contact all groups with scheduling information as soon as possible

Thank you!

Butch’s Notes on Spacework

Been meaning to post the notes from my workshop on spacework – good things to think about if you’re looking to improve your mime object work – the simple bullet points you can reduce object work to seem to be these, at least to get some broader realism:

– Leave space for the object in your hand, no matter how small it is
Even a sheet of paper takes up space, holding that space will remind you that you’re holding that object and having to hold your fingers apart to maintain that space will show your grip on it (see opposites showing force, below).

– How you lift/stop it shows how heavy it is
Bending at the knees = heavier than bending at the waist
Every movement that moves weight is preceded by the tiniest fraction of a move in the opposite direction – in animation this is referred to as “anticipation” and it’s a useful tool for creating weight. In animation there is no gravity or physics unless you create them, the principles are the same – The bigger that opposite move, the heavier your object is, before you even pick it up.  This continues when you stop it from moving as well – if you can stop it without it moving your feet, it doesn’t weigh anything.

– Where you hold onto something shows how rigid it is
Handing someone a clipboard or a ruler,  you can hold the far corner and it juts into space.  Hand someone a baby (or a bag of water with a goldfish in it) and you have to cradle the whole thing or support it in several places at all times or it falls.

Here's a bag with our new goldfish in it

Here’s a bag with our new goldfish in it

– How you move something shows how solid it is/what it is full of
You can move an empty glass in a straight line all you want, start and stop it on a dime.
Once you fill it with liquid, it moves in circles and arcs or it is spilling everywhere.
Solids move in straight lines – anything fluid (or containing fluid) moves in arcs

– Opposite directions show force
If you want to “push” on something that isn’t there, set your body and pull as hard as you can without taking your hands off the mime object.
If you pick up a mime rope and want to pull a heavy mime object, set your feet, lean the direction you want to go and then push your arms as hard as you can the other way.
It feels weird, but I promise it works.

Do those things, or at least be mindful of them, and your audience won’t know exactly what you’re miming every single time but the things you do will FEEL more real to both you and the audience. You’ll spend a while thinking about all the things you’re doing, which will make you feel like they stand out as weird and fake but once you break through that need to think about it and do these things habitually your object work will feel as natural to you as it does to the audience.

In that vein – stop giving in to that need to “make it clear” what you’re doing or give a mime “explanation” of an activity because you’re in your head about it – If a physical reality is your goal, calm down and stop doing unreal things in order to indicate something physical.

Driving is my favorite example – mime driving is BORING because most people don’t realize how little you move when really driving a car, so they add to it and over-do it to try and make it clear that they’re “really” driving.  You’re indicating what you’re doing instead of doing it, because doing it feels like it’s not enough.

It’s the spacework equivalent of making cartoonishly large expressions for every emotion and then expecting people to talk to you as if you’re a normal person – All you’re doing is undermining your own work.

Stop indicating and start just doing.

Neutrino Video Project 2017 Cast Announced

It is our great pleasure to announce the cast of Neutrino Video Project 2017!

This group will begin working on being both cast and crew – most of our cast are new to the Neutrino Video Project – opening Saturday nights in March/April 2017!

Ashawnti Ford
Becky Hauser
Bobby Gardner
Bryce Kalal
Christian Unser
Colin Anderson
David Lipkin
Emily Lindholm
Erin Kennedy
Hannah Wydeven
Heather Meyer
Josh Kaplan
Katherine Curtis
Kevin Albertson
Lauren Chesnut
Michael Renner
Molly Chase
Philip Peterson
Philip Skretvedt
Sarah Maxwell
Sean Dillon
Spencer Retelle
Susannah Eckberg

Please join us in congratulating the new cast and a big thanks to everyone that came out over two days of fantastic auditions!


Neutrino Video Project Auditions

Here is the current schedule for Neutrino Video Project auditions – we tried to give as many people their first choice of time – if you have any questions, concerns or changes please email butch (at)

If you cannot make your scheduled time, or decide not to audition, please let us know
Thank you

All auditions are held at HUGE Theater – 3037 Lyndale Ave S
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time.
No need to prepare anything, all instructions will be provided on site.

Tuesday – December 6th

6:00 PM
Josh Krauskopf
Gretchen Grunzke
Joe McGowan
Miranda Hoeferson
Mark Jelinek
Jacob Fate

6:30 PM
Eric Brown
Philip Peterson
Eric Heiberg
Molly Chase
Kate Zabinski

7:00 PM
Abe vanderBent
Katherine Curtis
Izaak Sunleaf
Craig Corsi
Nghiem Tran
Josh Kuehn

7:30 PM
Deborah Dopp
Amy Speckien
Sandra Capra
David Lipkin

8:00 PM
Emily Lindholm
Phil Schramm
Heather Meyer
Tommy Caravello
Ashawnti Ford
Michael Blomberg

Sunday – December 11th

12:00 PM
Sean Dillon
Neil CarlinSchauer
Seniz Lennes
Daniel Mauleon
Bradley Machov
Heather Baldwin
Frank Kohlasch

12:30 PM
Joseph Schifsky
Will Roberts
Colin anderson
Brett Bugielski
Christian Unser
Sophie Brossard
Eric Thompson

1:00 PM
Shea Roberts
Spencer Retelle
Susannah Eckberg
Mike Hentges
Sarah Maxwell
Erik Ostrom

1:30 PM
Liz Council
Michael Renner
Mike Deneen
Breanna Cecile
Becky Hauser

2:00 PM
John Bickford
Bryce Kalal
Ryan Jordan
Cicely Robin Laing
JoJo Ju


3:00 PM
Kate Zabinski
Kyle Thornton
Erin Kennedy
Ally Rae
Edd Jones

3:30 PM
Jay Kistler
Emily Townswick
Philip Skretvedt
Dan Ruby
Philip Simonet

4:00 PM
Alec Johnson
Lauren Chesnut
Bibek Manandhar
Nathan Rouse
Hannah Wydeven

4:30 PM
Rachael Sear
Tyler conway
Leah Isaacson
Kevin Albertson
(Todd) Peter Pierce

Neutrino Video Project 2017 Auditions

Neutrino Video Project 2017 Auditions will be held at HUGE Theater on December 6th and 11th

The show will rehearse Thursday evenings from 8-10pm January – February
Rehearsals move to Sundays, 4-6pm in March once the show opens.

Shows are scheduled to run Saturdays at 8pm – opening Saturday, March 4th 2017!

To apply for an audition time, fill out the form below
If you do not see the form:  FILL IT OUT HERE 

Originally created at Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City in 2004 – is a fully-improvised live video experience. Three casts of improvisors perform, shoot and edit a fully-improvised movie based on audience suggestions – with no idea what the other casts are shooting – that is shot, run back to the theater on tape (remember tapes?), screened live as a continuous, interwoven film that is scored as you watch it.
Neutrino has been taught and performed all over the world and was last seen in the Twin Cities in 2007 before re-opening in 2016.

For more information on the Neutrino Video Project and other HUGE productions
Check out our new Productions page




Contest Coming

ITEM: HUGE has agreed to participate in a contest through improv4humans 

Details, dates and rules will be announced and posted soon

Prizes will include a trip to the Del Close Marathon for the final winners

Since this is a contest for improvisers, we will be posting information primarily on our performer pages (as well as links in the Facebook Group “HUGE Information Central” until 2017 – after which these pages are the primary resource)

Programming News

Just a collection of updates around proposal / programming / production / pay :

Show Proposals

Small change to the proposal form to help us gather demographic data and get a better idea of who is in shows that are proposed to us – both are very important but neither will change your chances of your proposal being accepted or declined.


We’ve never had a mandatory cast list in the proposals before because we know it may change over time, but this will help us save time in the programming process (especially when a performer tells us they are not available and we end up contacting another group they’re also a part of, etc)

The Demographic question is important to our efforts around diversity and inclusion – both to help us gather a baseline set of data but also to help us see progress over time.

Assistant Directors

We are officially rolling out an Assistant Director role as part of HUGE shows as a way to include more voices in the creation and production process – but also to help work with people interested in directing or creating shows themselves.

Neutrino Video Project (which is the odd exception as it is the newest show that HUGE produces) will be co-directed by Butch Roy and Rita Boersma

KaBaam!! will be directed by Nels Lennes and Asst. Directed by Bradley Machov

Creature Feature 2017 will be directed by Nels Lennes and Asst. Directed by Casey Haeg!

This is only the list of HUGE shows confirmed for 2017 so far – More will be added as we look further out in the calendar for next year.

Minor Update to Show Pay 

Our show pay model for Friday and Saturday shows has remained consistent – it is a flat payment based on a minimum threshold of ticket sales to help us make sure we’re covering operating expenses and still paying out what we can, when we can and as soon as we can.

The exception to this point has been “opening acts” on Friday nights – which had often been left for groups to negotiate and too often resulted in people being asked to perform for free on the weekends, something we wanted to address. Those groups are now paid 20% of the show pay for the time slot when that threshold is met (that threshold is also slightly lower for the 10:30pm shows – a change that was made when we got Gen Operating support to help address the additional challenges to late-night show producers) per agreement with HUGE.

Production Info & Feedback

We are still trying to streamline as much of this process as possible since it is one of the most time consuming areas that is constantly in motion – to that end we are creating a more formalized information packet for producers that will be sent out when your show proposal is accepted and booked. The packet will include the collected information on policies and guidelines all in one place for easy reference as well as image specs for marketing, tips for social media promotions, tech and music questions/information, a short list of contacts and more.
Additionally, shows that close will be getting a feedback form after the end of their run to help us gather more specific information on challenges to different times of year, different nights of the week as well as things that are successful that we should be replicating as much as we can or just finding out about things we may not know so we can eliminate more blind spots and make performing at HUGE as positive an experience as it can be.



Upcoming HUGE Auditions for 2017

Just an update to let everyone know what is coming so they can plan (or freak out) accordingly – Based on the current plan for 2017 we are announcing the following:
Neutrino Video Project

December auditions / January rehearsal start / March open – Saturdays at 8pm


Late March auditions / April rehearsals start / July open – Saturdays at 8pm

Creature Feature 2017

May auditions / June rehearsals start / September open – Fridays at 8pm


All the information and audition registration forms will be posted on this blog and the public HUGE blog when they are open – we try to give a little warning when they will be posted so people can be ready, stay tuned for more!