In an effort to raise the visibility of the Twin Cities as a destination for some of the best, unscripted theater in the country, HUGE seeks to establish a home for those who love improv.
HUGE supports growth and visibility of our local improv community by producing shows, including Improv-A-Go-Go (since 2002) and the annual Twin Cities Improv Festival.
The Twin Cities is lucky to be rich with theater. Multiple smaller venues around town host well-attended solo performances, sketch-comedy, and improv shows. Additionally, there are interested students from all walks of life participating in three well-established schools; the Brave New Institute, ComedySportz and Stevie Ray’s.
But even in this diverse theater landscape, there was no stage devoted to long form improvisation until HUGE. Long form improvisation is the art of creating performances that are unscripted. It is different than playing improvised “games” or improvising within a scripted piece. HUGE gives long form improvisation – and the people who enjoy performing and watching it – a stage.
Improv is theater for everybody. The raw material of improvisation is the honest expressions, experiences and passions of the performers and audience. It’s immediate theater.
As an added bonus, good improvisation is built on conquering fears and working collaboratively in an accepting environment – skills that can’t help but have a positive effect on those who acquire them. HUGE Theater believes that if people can improvise together and laugh together, they can do anything together.
Learn more about how you can help achieve our goals on our Fundraising page.
HUGE Theater began in 2005 with five improvisers – Butch Roy, Jill Bernard, Joe Bozic, Mike Fotis, and Nels Lennes – collaborating to produce “Creature Feature” and a weekly showcase in Southeast Minneapolis called “HUGE Wednesdays.”
Butch and Jill continue to serve as the Executive Director and Education Director of HUGE, and were joined between 2011 and 2018 by Molly Chase as Managing Director, and in 2018 by Rita Boersma as Artistic Director. Mike and Joe went on to found Strike Theater, a home for sketch comedy, storytelling, and spoken work. HUGE incorporated as a non-profit in 2009 and found a permanent space in 2010.
HUGE Improv Theater is an artist-led company dedicated to supporting the Twin Cities’ diverse and thriving improv community through performance and education.
HUGE Theater meets ADA standards, and we make accommodations as best we are able for all audience members. For questions and ticket information or if you need assistance, please call us at 612-412-4843 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Handicapped parking is available next to the theater, parallel to the building. The flexible seating allows for easy access to any seating area. The stage and box office are specially designed to allow for wheelchair and limited mobility access.