Statement from the Board of HUGE Theater

Step ONE: Our official statement

As everyone else learned the news, we at HUGE Theater were made aware that our landlord made a $500 donation to David Duke in 2016.

HUGE is a nonprofit theater dedicated to building a healthy and diverse improv community. We are in year 3 of a 10-year lease on our building, which has housed our theater from the time we opened in December 2010 – in the middle of a snowstorm and during a recession. What held HUGE Theater together then, and now, is our incredibly supportive and expansive community.

From our first days we have worked to build an inclusive community and to illuminate the path from student to stage so we could share this art form we love. Improv is a deeply personal art form and a multitude of voices are needed to tell new and interesting stories. We are proud to host and give our ongoing support to the Tiny Funny Women Fest, the Black & Funny Festival, monthly POC jams, monthly Queer jams, monthly 40+ jams, and two Women-Trans-Femme classes. We have worked thoughtfully with other theaters nationally to form a Student Bill of Rights and Boundaries guidelines to make sure our classes and stage are inclusive and free of threat or intimidation of any kind.

For these reasons and more, we would like to formally tell Nazis and the KKK that they can fuck straight off.

[ unanimously approved by the full Board of Directors – Aug 29, 2017 ]

Creature Feature and Harold casts announced!

Thank you to everyone that came out to audition!
We are pleased and proud to announce the casts of our Fall shows – Creature Feature and the Harold show to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Del’s strange creation.

Creature Feature

Anna Tobin
Erik Nielsen
John Eisenrich
Spencer Retelle
Liz Council
Bobby Gardner
Lizzie Gardner
Clayton Anderson
Brian Hodge-Rice
Nathan K Rouse
Chris Harrington

Harold Teams

Director: Drew Kersten
Assistant Director: John Gebretatose
Nathan K Rouse
Kristi Battarbee
Carl Olson
Richard Ralston
Vann Daley
Blake Theilmann
Eric Heiberg
Liz Council

Director: Molly Chase
Assistant Director: Bryce Kalal
Lauren Chestnut
Brian Hodge-Rice
Kevin Albertson
Mary Mangan
Erica Solomon
Kimberly Miller
Jacob Randall
Susannah Eckberg

Director: Lauren Anderson
Assistant Director: Erin Kennedy
Sandra Struthers
Janay Henry
Christian Unser
Erik Hoversten
Kelsey McGregor
Emily Townswick
Philip Peterson

Both shows open in September 2017 – we will see you on stage!

Interludes Cast Announced!

An exciting announcement from Denzel, director of Interludes!
“Thank you all so much for auditioning for Interludes.
This audition process really showed the strength and creativeness that the Twin Cities improv scene has and I am excited for the future of it all because of all of you.
The cast for Interludes is:
Alicia Wheelock
Cliff Zawasky
Gurayn Sylte
Jeffrey Ross
Joseph Facente
Josh Krauskopf
Keren Gudeman
Mawrgyn Roper
Max Beyer
Sam Beeson
Shea Roberts
Zoa Dru
For those cast, please look for emails later this week regarding the first rehearsal on Saturday and more information regarding the show.
For those not cast, I truly and honestly hope to see you all at future auditions.
Denzel Belin”

KaBaam!! 2017 cast announced

The full cast list for KaBaam!! 2017 is as follows:

Alexis Camille
Sophie Broussard
Phil Schramm
Bradley Machov
Joe Mcgo
Sally Foster
Erin Kennedy
MJ Marsh
Daniel Mauleon
Lucas Hines
Bryce Kalal
Nimene Wureh
Wells Farnham




Interludes Audition Schedule

If you have any questions or cannot make your scheduled time – please contact Denzel

May 29th
4:00 – 4:30 pm 4:30 – 5:00 pm 5:00 – 5:30 pm 5:30 – 6:00 pm 6:00 – 6:30 pm 6:30 – 7:00 pm
Jessica P. Catherine T. Laura B Cicely R-L. Alicia W. Kelsey M.
Michael Deneen James S. Daniel M. Cody M. Blake T. Michael DallaValle
Mara K. Amy B. Alexis C. Peter P. Shea R. Pamela M.
Jada P. Lynda G. Kate Z. Cliff Z. Allison W. Allison K.
Jackson C. Michael W. Ally R. Nimene W. Dave A. Max Besner
Brooke Erik O. Oscar de la L. DaMarkus W. John B. Ben E.
Alec J. Frank K. Ryan K. Tommy C. Jon P.
June 3rd
2:00 – 2:30 pm 2:30 – 3:00 pm 3:00 – 3:30 pm 3:30 – 4:00 pm 4:00 – 4:30 pm 4:30 – 5:00 pm
Sarah B. Valarie H. Gurayn S. Shelby S. Gabby V. Zoa D.
Fernanda B. Mary R. Amanda S. Mawrgyn R. Joe M. Heather B.
Sam B. Amy Z. Susan R. Bibek M. Heather H. Kim L.
Adam B. Max Beyer Philip S. Ben D. Keren G. Abe V.
Charlie S. Mark J. Craig C. Jeff R. Edward J. Mike K.
Jeff K. Ned H. Gavin N. David Andy C. Dan J.
Josh K. Joseph F.



Audition Schedules – Creature Feature, Harold and KaBaam!!

If you have questions, concerns or any changes to your schedule that we need to know, feel free to email Butch at any time – thank you!


10:00 AM 10:30 AM 11:00 AM 11:30 AM 12:00 PM
Christian Unser Amy Zajack Cody Madison Jeff Kaisershot Max Besner
John Eisenrich Erica Solomon Katie Novak Mary Mangan Davis Steen
AlysshaRose Jordan Michael Blomberg Laura Hild Seniz Lennes Phillip Schramm
Kelsey McGregor Emmett Cowen Wells Farnham Abigail Sugahara Derek Landseidel
Kimberly Miller Anna Tobin Liz Council Christopher Harrington Cody Nelson
Jonathan Pulse Sophie Brossard Michael Weingartner Vann Daley Bill Trovinger
Mike Koscielny Peter Pierce Liv Augusta Anderson David Warnke Ben Wagner


12:30 PM 1:00 PM 1:30 PM 2:00 PM
Jacob Randall Kelli Grant Tommy Caravello Breanna Cecile
Grant Ertl Ally Rae Adam Boutz Susannah Eckberg
Liz Houle Phil Petersen Blake Thielmann Valerie Hurst
Sandra Struthers Abe vanderBent Kevin Burbach Lauren Chesnut
Janay D. Henry Michael Renner Lucas Hines Brooke Fanning
Kirsten L Peterson Timothy Eberle Daniel Mauleon Jesse David Burrows
Ella McNeil Kevin Albertson Kate Harris Mary Ruebel
Bibek Manandhar Nimene Wureh


4:30 PM 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 6:00 PM
Bobby Gardner Spencer Retelle Alicia Wheelock Frank Kohlasch
Heather Hemmer Susan Roberts Andrea Ravich Craig Corsi
Alicia Wilking Gretchen Grunzke Erik Nielsen Nathan Kelly
Mike Deneen BRIAN LESTEBERG Kristi Battarbee Jackson collins
Lizzie Gardner Ben Ellis Kya Fischer Andy Christian
Cara White Emily Townswick Lynda Gradert Alexis Camille
John Silva Andy Geibe Max Beyer Cicely Robin Laing


KaBaam!! – July/August on Saturdays at 8pm
Creature Feature – Sept/Oct on Fridays at 8pm
The Fall Harold Show – Sept/Oct on Saturdays at 8pm

Please check to make sure you are able to make the scheduled rehearsal times for the show(s) you would like to audition for – rehearsals will run 8-10 weeks, cast are expected to miss no more than 2 rehearsals.
Ka-Baam – Sundays 4-6pm
Creature Feature – Tuesdays 7-9pm
The Harold turns 50
Group 1 – directed by Lauren Anderson – Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm
Group 2 – directed by Drew Kersten – Wednesdays 7:30-9:30pm
Group 3 – directed by Molly Chase – Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30pm

Weekend shows at HUGE pay the performing cast a flat stipend based on attendance – for every show with 70 more tickets sold the cast is paid $150 at the end of the two-month run. 

If you have any questions about auditions, casting or anything else – please email

Auditions : Monday, May 15

If you have problems, questions or concerns, please email



5:00 PM 5:30 PM 6:00 PM 6:30 PM
Alec Johnson Heather Baldwin Mark Jelinek Josh Krauskopf
Joe McGowan Bryce Kalal Shea Roberts Michael DallaValle
Bradley Machov Ian Welch John Bickford Clayton Anderson
Brian Hodge-Rice Benjamin Domask Hannah Wydeven Kate Zabinski
Madhu G Bangalore Matt Judkins Carl Olson Richard Ralston
Eric Heiberg Kim Lambert Erik Hoversten MJ Marsh
Erik Ostrom Maddie Spott Kyle Decker Laura Berger

HUGE Hangout Auction 2017 Results

The annual Hangout Auction closed on Sunday after raising almost seven thousand dollars to support HUGE Theater – Our thanks go out once again to everyone that took part in this silly fun spring tradition and the amazing people that put it together and run it every year!
You are the best.


The Winners:

Art and Mini-Golf with Blake and Heather! Cicely Laing
Be a Guest on Next at Bat! Jeff Gyllen
Become Part of the Squash Banana Chronicles! Michael Hanson
Biography Reading with Will Roberts! Breanna Cecile
Bowling Night Side Pickle Style! Timothy Eberle
Can Can Wonderland with Be Hive Medusa! Heather Baldwin
Classic Video Game Day with Bryce Kalal! Daniel Ruby
Coming of Age Adventure with Coming of Age! Katie Novak
Craig Corsi Will Turn You Into Electronic Music! Paul Williams
Cupcake Tasting with Shea! Michael Hanson
David Lipkin Will Write You a Story! Phillip Petersen
Day Drinking with Naughty & Creepy! Heather Baldwin
Dinner and a Play with Heather Baldwin! Evelyn Blum
Dinner with Your Parents…and John Gebretatose! Amy Zajack
Do Nothing with Amy Zajack! John Bickford
Duo with DallaValle! Shelley Johnson
Duo with Jill Bernard – LOCAL BIDS ONLY! Andy Christian
Duo with Jill Bernard – OUT-OF-TOWN BIDS ONLY! Elizabeth Wuertz
Experience a Broken Heart with Strays! Ariel Lopez
Get Loony with Tim & Bradley at a Minnesota United Match! Amy Zajack
Get Trapped with Jesters Comedy Improv! Andy Christian
Graphic Design Consultation with Sean Dillon! Shelley Johnson
“Hank Hilling” with jorts! Timothy Eberle
Help Jesse Park His Car! Catherine Burrows
HUGE Golden Ticket! Erik Ostrom
HUGE Golden Ticket! Tamara Bredemus
HUGE Golden Ticket! Sandra Capra
Hunt and Photograph the Northern Lights with Cliff Zawasky! Michael Hanson
Ice Cream Quest with Last Action Movie! Bruce Rehberg
Introverts Hangout with Cicely Robin Laing! Cicely Laing
Italian Sunday Dinner! Sandra Capra
Kayaking with Heather Baldwin! Cicely Laing
Martini Wednesday with Sally, Gubby, and Liv! Andrea Ravich
MAYHEM Ruins Your Birthday! Meghan Casey
Minnesota Snow Job presents Dune Board Game Party! Andy Christian
Movie Night with KistKrauseRouse! Bryce Kalal
One Hour of Photos with Adam Iverson! Andrea Ravich
PAiNT in the pARk wiTh THE PAiNTERS! Allison Knauss
Pajama Party with Overnight! Katie Novak
Pie Making with Cliff Zawasky! Bree Dalager
Presidential Movies with the Hall of Presidents! Timothy Eberle
Ramen with Greg! Michael Fotis
Resume Review and Alcohol with Bree Dalager! Abigail MacLaren
Save or Shave: Determine the Fate of Edd’s Mustache! Bree Dalager
Sheabysitting! Amy Burge
Sing-a-long Movie Night with Rated G! Jamie Bonczyk
Software or Web Development Training with Allison Knauss! Larry Bieza
SPACE JAM: Hangout and Host! Kate Zabinski
Stitch and Bitch with Katie Novak and Shea Roberts! Sandra Capra
The D2 Experience with Nathan Kelly! Nettie Rodden
The Ultimate Hennepin County Improv Festival Experience! Robert Bayne
Ultimate Buffet Experience with Bryan and Danny! Michael DallaValle
Wings & Things with This Just In! Michael Hanson
Wooly Philly Needs a Haircut! Kate Brown
Worst First Date with Erin Kennedy! David Meyers


The Stats:

Unique bidders 115
Winning bidders 38
Bids 1798
Unique bids 480
Views 16,362
Average per auction $123.01
Total raised $6,765.48

AUDITIONS: KaBaam!!, Creature Feature and Harold

We are holding combined auditions for HUGE shows coming this summer and fall!
YES – you may absolutely audition for more than one (or all) of the shows listed!

We will collect responses and send audition schedules as quickly as possible – rehearsal and performance schedules are listed below – Fall shows will rehearse in summer, break for Fringe Festival and return at the end of August for final rehearsals before opening.

KaBaam!! the improvised comic book:  
director: Nels Lennes
assistant director: Greg Parks

Creature Feature
director: Nels Lennes
assistant director: Bradley Machov

The Harold 50 year anniversary show will consist of 3 casts – similar to Throwback Night – each with its own director and assistant director.
Directors:  Drew Kersten, Lauren Anderson and Molly Chase
Assistant Directors: John Gebretatose, Erin Kennedy and Bryce Kalal

The Details

AUDITION TIMES will be scheduled:
May 15th between 5-7pm
May 20th between 9am-6pm
May 21st between 4:30 – 7pm
(Additional audition times may be added on 5/18 as needed)

KaBaam!! – July/August on Saturdays at 8pm
Creature Feature – Sept/Oct on Fridays at 8pm
The Fall Harold Show – Sept/Oct on Saturdays at 8pm

Please check to make sure you are able to make the scheduled rehearsal times for the show(s) you would like to audition for – rehearsals will run 8-10 weeks, cast are expected to miss no more than 2 rehearsals.

Ka-Baam – Sundays 4-6pm

Creature Feature – Tuesdays 7-9pm

The Harold turns 50
Group 1 – directed by Lauren Anderson – Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm
Group 2 – directed by Drew Kersten – Wednesdays 7:30-9:30pm
Group 3 – directed by Molly Chase – Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30pm


If you have any questions about auditions or casting – please email