Theater Staff

Our Artistic Director

Rita Boersma

Rita has been part of the Twin Cities theater community for 16 years, as an improviser, actor, storyteller, teacher, writer and director. Rita is a 15-year ComedySportz veteran who also has been a writer and performer in the MN Fringe Festival for the past six years. At HUGE, she is a performer in The Mess and Show X and over a dozen other productions including Family Dinner, Off Book, Ka-baam!!, Beatbox and The Show. As a director of long-form improv, she most recently helmed Attenborough, the 2017 season of Family Dinner, the 2016 season of Neutrino, and she was a co-director of Party Riot.

Rita has extensive show production experience and is also one of HUGE’s most highly-rated teachers.

Part of her vision for her new role is: “to seek out innovative ways to get new faces and new types of shows on stage, to further HUGE’s vision of artistic excellence, and to push the potential of this incredible art form.”

 


Our Director of Diversity and Inclusion

John Gebretatose

photo by Alvan Washington

John rose from the ranks of a HUGE Improv Theater student, to a HUGE Improv instructor. He trained and worked at Brave New Workshop.
He has performed stand-up comedy in the Twin Cities for over nine years. He is currently part of one of the hottest new improv groups, Blackout, and also a founding member of Late Nights Minneapolis With Joe Rapp.

John has taught improv workshops internationally, coached improv groups and currently teaches at HUGE in addition to heading up diversity and inclusion programs
He is the founder and creator of the Black and Funny Improv Festival as well as the Twin Cities chapter of Our Cities on Our Stages

 


Our Bar Manager

 

Joe Rappjoerapp

Joe has been improvising since 2003. Aside from managing the bar, he is also part of the teaching staff at HUGE. Joe is co-founder, Managing Director and a performer with Bearded Men Improv, which is a locally known and nationally recognized touring group.

He is also a part of CSz Twin Cites and Late Nights Minneapolis with Joe Rapp and is a freelance graphic designer as his “day” job.

He enjoys beer, wine and candy in appropriate amounts.

 


Our Tireless Admin

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Breanna Cecile

Breanna fell in love with improv during the 2013 Improvathon where she twisted her brain by watching 28 straight hours of performances and she has never been the same. Since then, she has trained at HUGE Improv Theater and the Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis, MN and has poured countless hours into her improv duo Squash Banana with Jeff Gyllen. Breanna also has performed with: Manners & Misconduct: an Improvised Jane Austen, Neutrino: the Improvised Movie Project (started by the Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC) and Minnesota Goodbye. When she’s not on stage, she can be found handling some of the daily workings of HUGE, meeting all the improv students, doing science at schools all over the Twin Cities, or snuggling with her two cats Jack and Mindy…or anyone’s cats really.