About Us

Photo of participants in 2019 HUGE Anniversary show

HUGE 2019 Anniversary show – photo by Sally Foster

MISSION

HUGE Improv Theater is an artist-led company dedicated to supporting the Twin Cities’ diverse and thriving improv community through performance and education.

HISTORY AND BACKGROUND

HUGE was founded by improvisers Jill Bernard, Joe Bozic, Mike Fotis, Nels Lennes, and Butch Roy in 2005, and moved into its first long-term home at 3037 Lyndale Avenue in 2011. It is the only theater in the Twin Cities dedicated exclusively to teaching and performing long-form improvisation, and is one of only a few such theaters in the United States and the world.

Long-form improv is the art of creating an entire spontaneous theatrical performance on the fly, usually based on a single audience suggestion. It encompasses a wide variety of performance styles, but is usually funny, often moving, and always one-of-a-kind and immediate.

HUGE is proud to be host to over 500 shows and 600 students per year, and an ever-growing, ever-diversifying community of performers and enthusiasts. We are also host to improv festivals such as The Twin Cities Improv Festival, The Black and Funny Improv Festival, and The Tiny Funny Fest. We believe firmly that improv should be theater for everyone, regardless of race, gender, orientation, disability status, or background, and we are working hard and constantly to live up to that ideal.

ACCESSIBILITY

HUGE Theater meets ADA requirements for our performers, students, and audiences, and strives to exceed them. Our theater is wheelchair accessible, and with reasonable notice we are happy to make seating accommodations based on patron need. Accessible parking is available next to the theater, parallel to the building. Please contact us with any accessibility concerns.

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