Diversity and Inclusion

HUGE Theater is committed to diversity and inclusion, and it’s purely selfish: This art form will die if it does not redefine the promise that “improv is for everyone” and make sure all voices are heard and represented with dignity and respect.

John Gebretatose came on board in November 2016 as Director of Diversity and Inclusion at HUGE. John’s baseline strategy is to go to artists in different disciplines and to see if he could bring them in to HUGE for improv, bringing word of mouth and validity to improv. Once in the door, John ensures participants will have continuing opportunities and support.

John and HUGE offer:
• Coaching sessions with groups
• A Facebook group for people of color
• Information, prep and support for auditions
• Scholarships a’plenty without a lengthy application process
• Partnerships with other organizations, including as Reviving Islamic Sisterhood, New Native Theater, Lyndale Neighborhood Association and MU Collective
• Outreach and support for independent producers and other local improv theaters as they seek to expand
• A home for festivals and forums: the Black and Funny Improv Festival and the Tiny Funny Women Festival, and Our Cities Our Stages
• Special workshops on “Hard Topics”
• Paid opportunities to join our teaching, tech, bar and house manager staff
• Data tracking of student demographics
• Marketing and outreach for POC programming specifically

At HUGE Theater we don’t believe in merely making space at the table, we think you just take the whole table.  We currently host four community jams:

HUGE THEATER POC IMPROV JAM for people of color only, please
The last Sunday of every month from 4-7pm

WE CAN JAM! for women/trans/femme/nonbinary (WTFNB) improvisers
The first Saturday of every month from 5-7pm

HUGE THEATER QUEER IMPROV JAM for those who identify as QUEER, TRANS, LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, GENDERQUEER, etc. If you feel you belong here, you belong here!
Every first Sunday of the month from 5-7pm,/a>

WORN TREADS/NEW ROADS JAM for those who are 40 and older!
Fourth Saturday of the month from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

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HUGE THEATER POC IMPROV JAM
The last Sunday of every month from 4-7pm

Improv is for everybody. In an effort to get more people of color aware and interested, HUGE Theater’s diversity officer John Gebretatose is hosting a POC improv jam. This is an opportunity to meet new people, to create, to play together and to help start a new era where people of color are represented more on stage.

All ages and free of charge, sandwiches provided.
Please come as you are, that’s more than enough.

Includes an introductory workshop on improv followed by some scenes on stage – participation is optional.
The POC improv jam is a relaxed and non intimidating event.

Why is this event for POC only? Since it’s about having representation it makes sense to have a space where people can feel they’re important and deserve to be in the room. The value to having a non white POC jam uplifts marginalized groups. Also, there’s other events for that. A lot of them.

Got questions? No problem, email John Gebretatose at john@hugetheater.com or visit the jam’s Facebook group.

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WE CAN JAM! For those who identify as women/trans/femme/nonbinary (WTFNB) improvisers
The first Saturday of every month from 4-6pm
The mission of the WE CAN JAM is to make a space where those who identify as women/trans/femme/nonbinary (WTFNB) improvisers can connect with one another and be supported by a community we build together. The first half of the jam will be playing games and warming up together, the second half will be performing on stage. People who identify as WTFNB are welcome to participate in the warms-ups and then play on stage or do the warm-ups and watch. We’re here to have a good time, do improv, and build a stronger community.

Our mission in a WTFNB space is not to exclude male voices, but to highlight those of WTFNB improvisers. Gender inequality has existed for a long time, impacting the lives of WTFNB folks putting their minds and bodies at risk. Improv theater is not exempt from this experience. In this space, WTFNB improvisers will not be tagged out, talked over, and/or stereotyped because of their gender identity. This will be a space where WTFNB improvisers can take big risks and make mistakes.

This jam is for those who identify as women/trans/femme/nonbinary improvisers only.
It’s free of charge and open to all levels of experience – whether this is your first time doing improv or you are teaching a class. When schedules align, a WTFNB special guest host will help lead warm-ups and play in scenes too!

For more information visit our Facebook group or email kate_novak@msn.com 

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HUGE THEATER QUEER IMPROV JAM
An event for those who identify as QUEER, TRANS, LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, GENDERQUEER, etc. If you feel you belong here, you belong here!
Every first Sunday of the month from 5-7pm

We are now offering a monthly improv jam specifically for those who identify as LGBTQIA+. This is a safe space to explore queer identities and relationships onstage, not to mention a fun place to meet new people, create and explore together.

This jam is 18+, free of charge, and sandwiches are provided. All experience levels are welcome – no improv experience required. Please come as you are, that’s more than enough.

We’ll have an introductory workshop on improv followed by some scenes onstage. Paricipation is optional but highly recommended. The queer improv jam is a relaxed and non-intimidating event.

We will have a special guest each month from the greater Twin Cities Theater Community to play with us!

For more information, visit the Facebook group.

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WORN TREADS/NEW ROADS JAM
An event for those who are 40 and older! Come to a place where you understand all the cultural references and everybody gets yours!
Fourth Saturday of the month from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

We are now offering a monthly improv jam specifically for those who are over 40. It is a safe place to play, learn and explore improv. Open to all levels.

This jam is free of charge, and snacks are provided. All experience levels are welcome – no improv experience required. Please come as you are, that’s more than enough.

We’ll have an introductory workshop on improv followed by some scenes onstage. Participation is optional but highly recommended. This is a relaxed and non-intimidating event.

We will have a special guest each month from the greater Twin Cities Theater Community to play with us!

For more information, visit the Facebook group.