Yay! It’s March 1st and you know what that means! Well, you might not because this is the first time it means this, but…the HUGE Show Proposal Form is back open! We will be taking show submissions from March 1st-30th to book for the second half of the year. We’re so excited to hear from you. All the info is in the form but if you have any additional questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
This is HUGE’s Managing Director Sean Dillon. Hi! Hello! How are you? I am posting because we have exciting news to share: HUGE is doing a big revamp of our membership program, to help more of our community enjoy a greater sense of connection to the theater. Now is the time to join your friends on the Member list!
Why are our members so important? Because they help us accomplish all these things:
Financial stability for the theater
Opportunities for students to study improv, regardless of their economic situation
Subsidies for programs that make our improv community richer in diversity
Space to take risks on ambitious shows, groups, and projects that may not always break even
And what does the revamp actually mean? Well…
We’re moving to a new, fancier platform called NeonCRM to track memberships and donations, helping us better serve our contributors, and making accidentally lapsed memberships a thing of the past.
We’re adding new “Supporter” tiers, down to $5 per month, to make engagement more achievable for more folks.
Check out our Donate page to see all the levels and benefits, and to sign up today. ALL active Members and Supporters signed up by the end of our “HUGE Love” Valentine’s member drive on Feb 28 will receive a commemorative 2019 HUGE challenge coin that won’t be available any other way. So don’t wait! Come join us in showing HUGE some love. This is a challenging time for theaters and other non-profits, but you can help us keep us going strong!
HUGE CLASSES CANCELLED TONIGHT TUESDAY FEB 5. The semester will be extended through March 26th, which means March 19th and 26th are added dates. (Class on 26th will start at 6pm so we can have a showcase at 8pm! )
“Ableism” is discrimination and prejudice against people with disabilities, and it exists in improv just like it exists everywhere else. Like racism and sexism, ableism is complex and endemic in our culture, and not something that can be fixed with a quick and handy one-page guide. But we gotta start somewhere — the PDF below shows some common ways ableism expresses itself in improv, with very brief thoughts on ways to start recognizing and addressing them in yourself.
Beginning on Wednesday November 14th and running until just after midnight Thursday, November 15th – a 28 hour block of time lovingly known IMPROVATHON – HUGE Theater held our annual improv marathon to raise money on Give To The Max Day 2018.
This is a crucial day for HUGE Theater – it is a wonderful event that features not only 28 hours of performances but also an amazing chance to connect with the community as we all spend time in (or passing through) the same space and telling everyone we can collectively reach what this place and this art form mean to us. Thanks are not enough to convey the love and joy that go into – and come out of – these crazy hours, but I will give it a shot.
The SPONSORS! Once again we thank Common Roots Catering and Steamship Coffee for all of the caffeinated liquid support they sent our way – there are few things as important to being awake and energetic and upright and on stage for 28 hours as caffeine. Please help us thank them!
The WINNERS! The Improvathon is more than a giant love-fest – it’s also a competitive, hilarious love-fest! The groups performing and Iron Audience watching are all fundraising to support HUGE and we are excited to announce that the fund-raising-est groups were:
GUTS & TEETH GIFTED & TALENTED DILLY DALLY
The top Iron Audience fundraisers were:
ANONYMOUS (we know who you are) ABE VANDERBENT CULLEN DONOHUE
Thank you to everyone that helped, volunteered, posted, tweeted, watched, ushered, cleaned, brewed more coffee, staffed the box office, took photos, performed and made us weep with joy.
The RESULTS! If you aren’t familiar already, Give To the Max Day is THE fundraising day of the year for HUGE as it is a focused day of charitable giving across Minnesota made possible by GiveMN. This year GiveMN helped raise more than twenty million dollars for non-profits across our state!
HUGE focuses all our energy and efforts on this day – and this year we aimed even higher with a goal of $100,000 – which we did not hit but I am so proud that we went for – it was less than a decade ago when having a theater for improv was a crazy dream and asking people to give to this cause felt impossible. But nobody has as much fun doing the impossible as we do.
Official Improvathon Grand Total at midnight: $71,860 We had more donations come in after midnight (including well into this morning). So the total as of right now is a bit higher! — $72,111
1,353 individual donations online by midnight. Another 20 have come in since for a total of 1373
We raised $3,490 (included in the total) at the door with another 183 donations – Adding that 183, we had1,556 individual donations in total.
Strange as it feels to keep moving these words forward, year after year – they are still true, forever and always – so I will keep repeating them:
“This place is important because of the people you will find here.
Some of the most generous, dedicated, wonderful, funny and talented people I have ever met in my life and it is my profound privilege to know.”
I am so proud to be part of this place.
I am so proud of the work we do here and the difference it makes in between (as well as during) the times that we have to play together here – as a community that is maturing and growing and learning and sometimes leading the way for others in our art form. I am so proud that I can serve this place that serves this community – It has been my greatest joy and most humbling experience – and I could not be more grateful for everyone that has been moved to support it.
Thank you all – I am luckiest because I get to build this with you.
Executive Director of HUGE Theater and Humble Servant