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Class cancellation for Sunday 4/15

ATTENTION SUNDAY STUDENTS – We are cancelling all Sunday 4/15 classes and rescheduling for 6/17. Thank you for your understanding.

Your homework assignment for today is to do an improv scene with a snowperson….

Audition Schedule: Small College Town

April 14th

12:30 – 1:00 1:00 – 1:30 1:30 – 2:00 2:00 – 2:30 2:30 – 3:00
Joseph McGowan Michael Renner John Bickford Brianna Kocka Kelsey Dilts McGregor
Nikhil Enugula Sarah Busch Courtney Miller Brooke Fanning Ryan Klima
Kayleen Barlow Anna Marie Schmidt Mara Klocksien Emily Townswick Lars Midthun
Janay D. Henry Phil Schramm Marty Wessels Laura Hild Amelia Helm
Ryan Sanderson Andy Christian Monique Dargis Jack Rybarczyk Rebecca Patterson
James Satter Travis Galloway Pamela Mazzone Michael Aultman Shelby Schroeder
Christian Unser Vicky Nierengarten Ben Wagner Kya Fischer Siri Hellerman
Kim Lambert Edd Jones Lilly Rotter Laura Berger Valerie Hurst
Madhu Bangalore Ryan Blix Linda Saetre Michael Deneen

April 21st

12:30 – 1:00 1:00 – 1:30 1:30 – 2:00 2:00 – 2:30 2:30 – 3:00
Joseph Facente Will Schroeder Alicia Eler Cherelle-Renee Childs Ava Bird
Gabby Vanden Avond Ariel Starzinski Julietta Benson Danielle Heinert Matt Tatone
Erik Hoversten Brad Krieger Mike Koscielny Max Beyer Jack Kelly
Issabelle Allen Brid Henry Ally Rae Max Besner Jenny Wahl
Jeffrey Ross Amanda Schille Amee Nefzger Banks Peter Centner Kyle Dekker
Jesse David Burrows Chris Ragnacci Adam M Mellerup Tommy Feichtinger Sabrina Diehl
Justin Betancourt Cicely Robin Laing Dan Schwartz Tommy Caravello Vanessa Tu
Kristen Marks Cody Madison Eric Geistfeld Amy Zajack Vann Daley
Ernest Olhead Mike McCarron Erica Solomon Hope Slusar Joey Hamburger

AUDITION NOTICE: SMALL COLLEGE TOWN

– Last day for audition sign ups is April 5th
– Audition dates will be sent on April 8th

The producer has the right to end sign ups early if audition size reaches a
maximum point but will work to see as many people as possible

Small College Town is holding auditions for its run at HUGE Theater on Fridays
at 8:00pm in July and August.

Small College Town is an improv show inspired by the classic forms of Spoon
River and Small Town. By adding a fun, collegiate twist to it, the show will follow
four people who will go through the college experience, from application to
graduation. In tandem with four players who will play everyone else. A new and
unique college town and experience will be created every night. Structure and
fun will allow the cast to dive deep into a big life change with all the twists and
turns that college brings, up until that last day.

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Show run:  Fridays at 8:00pm, July/August at HUGE Theater
Auditions will take place at HUGE Theater in half-hour slots on the following
days:
–  Saturday April 14th – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
–  Saturday, April 21st, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

*** Please arrive early to fill out audition form and conflict sheets. No headshot or
resume will be needed.
To schedule an audition please fill out this FORM

Rehearsal dates and times:
May 5th, 12th 19th, 26th, June 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, June 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, July 2nd
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

At the audition, you will be asked to notate conflicts that you have with any of the
rehearsal dates. It is possible to miss a few rehearsals however availability will
be factored into the casting decisions. If you have any questions regarding this,
please email dwbelin@gmail.com

Rehearsals will be at HUGE Theaters and other rehearsal spaces and where
rehearsals are located will be communicated to performers in a timely fashion.
At least 50% of the cast will be comprised of people who have not been
cast for Wednesday or Friday/Saturday shows that have been at HUGE. If
you are early in your improv career, this would be a great project to audition for.
If you have any questions, please email Denzel Belin at dwbelin@gmail.com
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This project is celebration of a classic form with a new twist. We shall learn from
the past and each other to create a fun and engaging team and performance.
At auditions, please bring a strong sense of play, support, and creativity.
Having familiarity with the college experience is not required; this show will
celebrate everyone’s experiences and what they can bring to the table.
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Small College Town will be produced and directed by Denzel Belin and assistant
directed by Mawrgyn Roper.

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 Facebook group.

Intersections and Intentions

To HUGE Theater audiences, supporters, performers and community:  

If you don’t already know, get ready to know – at HUGE we’re devoted to diversity and inclusion. It’s a goal and a process. Along the way, we’re fully aware and ready to admit that we have made mistakes in the past and it’s very likely we’re going to make some more mistakes in the future.

The following is not the story of blaming or admonishing one production for mistakes that were made, it’s an account of some recent mistakes and lessons learned as we work to recognize our blind spots before we veer into them next time.

[ BEFORE WE START :   Four white people wrote this.
For readers of color, these learnings will likely be obvious to you. We recognize the place of privilege from which this note is written. We sought advice from our colleague of color (diversity and inclusion director John Gebretatose) to help us see around our blinders.

We recognize that what we’ve learned has come at the cost of a lot of emotional labor from our colleagues and performers of color – we want to make sure that effort reaches more people so we can all do better in the future.   Thank you, again and always, for your patience with us while we get there.

We are writing to a mostly to a white audience of improv producers and directors.  Our goal is to help us all do better recognizing our privilege and create more inclusive spaces.
If you’re thinking you don’t need to think about this, please know that’s the first sign of trouble.]

Ready? Here we go.

The Events

  • Issues arose during the rehearsal and production process of a show called Party Riot
  • Party Riot is an independent production, supported by HUGE Theater, as are more than sixty percent of our weekend shows.
  • The show was created with the goal of empowering and supporting female-identified and non-binary artists, and the shows producers made intentional efforts to cast a diverse group overall, including four women of color in a cast of 23 people
  • The leadership team of Party Riot as well as HUGE Theater are almost entirely white.
  • Over the course of rehearsals, concerns were raised by women of color about their experience and communication difficulties.
  • The original show promotion artwork design featured an abstracted image of a woman of color as the only human image representing the show featuring a small (but still greater than any other previous show) number of women of color – when paired with the title created a negative connotation.
  • The original artwork was scrapped when concerns were voiced – it was never used – HUGE Theater leadership also failed to flag the design it when it was sent to us.
  • The production team of Party Riot held several meetings to involve the entire cast, listen to concerns and repair the process moving forward – new artwork was created for the show that featured photos of actual cast members that emphasize the positive aspects of the show’s original intent.
  • HUGE Leadership met with show leadership to improve communication.We also contacted the Party Riot cast directly via email to make sure they know we’re aware that we could have done better from the beginning and make ourselves more directly available going forward.
  • We also let the cast and production team know that this public post would be coming – it is a hard lesson, and we know more producers can learn from it.
  • The Party Riot leadership team and cast continue to work together – The show opened at the beginning of January to a packed house and brought. the. house. down.

 

The Problems

Here are some things we as an organization learned from this experience about being effective (and sometimes failing) in meeting the challenges of creating a space that truly supports – in addition to valuing and encouraging – diversity and inclusion.

Specifically, our mistakes as HUGE Improv Theater were:

  • Not understanding the limits of good intentions without immediately providing support and infrastructure for change.
  • Not anticipating or recognizing that “safe space” is not the same for all performers, and needs to be defined so that people of color feel equally celebrated and supported.
  • Not recognizing and flagging a combination of image and title that showed an icon of a person of color only, paired with blindness to social and cultural issues of race in relationship to show title.
  • Overall, the need for greatly heightened transparency and care – as well as being more visibly available to our independent producers and casts as well as shows directly produced by HUGE.
    Support mechanisms need to be more accessible to work better for everyone. In the future, when productions begin, the theater will ask for the contact information for the cast so we can give them logistics (show guidelines, comp instructions, etc.) as well as giving everyone a direct channel to reach us if they experience problems or have concerns.

 

The Positive

The simple fact that women of color felt they could bring these issues to our attention — and did so — is tremendous. We have to thank them for bravery atop of courage atop of trust atop of patience. Again. We are so very thankful you are here. Thank you for giving us another chance to do better. We will do better.

The fact that director of diversity and inclusion John Gebretatose works tirelessly to make himself available. He does this  both as a person that performers of color can reach out to at any time, and also to patiently sit down with the HUGE team and walk us through (some of) our blind spots. His dedication and endurance are such a gift to us all.

We recognize that there are communities that would have to put in years of work to reach the point where it would even be possible to make mistakes like these. We truly appreciate that people are willing to take risks and do the work, and we want to do whatever we can to make HUGE feel like home to everyone.

The fact that Party Riot is pushing forward and doing the work – before, during and after  mistakes were made. These mistakes happened because the show producers are trying to make this art form more inclusive – we all are.
The process is not simple or easy or painless but absolutely necessary.

We are pleased to say that Party Riot is running Saturday nights at 8pm at HUGE and they’ve done hard work to rally around and expand their mission. Please support these courageous improvisors.

We encourage you – now or at any time you’d like – to please share your thoughts, concerns, feelings. You can email any or all of us or please feel free to use our anonymous feedback form (link below)

We are open and we are working to do better.

Thank you for your time and patience.

The Board of HUGE Theater

Link to our feedback form :  https://goo.gl/LVCT9d

 

Remembering Samantha

Today we’re remembering Samantha Pereira. Samantha was a HUGE teacher, performer, director who passed away in December 2015. If you never had the good fortune to meet her, you can read about her here in the Star Tribune.

It seems impossible that almost two years have gone by. At HUGE Theater, we feel Samantha’s absence powerfully, especially the first Sunday of every new class session or when we glance up at Samantha’s photo on our theater wall. One of our classrooms is dedicated to Samantha with a plaque we thought she’d find most fitting: The Improv Jedi Training Center.

This year HUGE Theater is making a donation to Puerto Rico hurricane relief in Samantha’s honor.

Improvathon Gubby & ErikLove for Samantha expresses itself in lots of ways. Her former students, Erik Nielsen and Gubby Kubik (pictured here, during Improvathon), have honored her for two years in a row by dedicating their Iron Audience participation to Samantha, who herself was an Iron Audience participant, which requires staying awake and watching 28-hours of improv as part of HUGE’s annual Improvathon fundraising event. Samantha is pictured on the left, in 2014. She not only completed 28-hours of watching improv, but was the group’s cheerleader and champion.

LivBoth Gubby and another former student, Liv Augusta Anderson — pictured here with her tattoo and class certificate inspiration — have gotten a tattoo inspired by Samantha. As Liv says, the tattoo has brought “a bit of Samantha to my arm. It doesn’t make me miss her any less, but it’s nice to literally put my heart on my sleeve.”

 

(As I type this, I realize that all three of these former students of Samantha have become improv teachers now. I can’t help but think Samantha would be proud.)

Samantha Pereira Scholars
Samantha had a special interest in making improv available to everyone. Each semester since her loss, we have named a Samantha Pereira Scholar: someone who is a scholarship recipient of exceptional merit. The following people are just the sort of students Samantha would have cherished.

Winter 2016 – Allison Dahlberg
Spring 2016 – William Sobolwski
Fall 2016 – Shauna Madison
Winter 2017 – Mawrgyn Roper
Spring 2017 – Jada Pulley
Fall 2017 – Mairead Koehler

Improvathon 17 Official Results and Winners

[ you always hope – you never know ] 

Beginning on Wednesday November 15th and running until just after midnight Thursday, November 16th – 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 2017.

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.

Our amazing Iron Audience were in the seats the entire time and there were more than a few surprises along the way – You really did have to be there.


[ the nights are dark – the money’s green ] 

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!

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[ shut your eyes and shudder at the laughter and the screams ] 

The WINNERS!

The Improvathon is more than a giant love-fest – it’s also a competitive 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:

1. SIXPLEX
2. SUPER GOOD
3. SQUASH BANANA

The top Iron Audience fundraisers were:

1. SHEA ROBERTS GYLLEN
2. ANONYMOUS (we know who you are)
3. MARY KANE

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.


[ hit the lights and shield your eyes ] 

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 $75,000 – 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.

The numbers are in from our box office and our official GiveMN.org tally is $53,817  – which includes one “Golden Ticket” prize of $1,000 from GiveMN as well as an additional $4,000 for taking 2nd place in the Intermediate division (Gilda’s Club earned the top spot – what an amazing org to be on the leaderboard with!) along with 1107 online donations from ALL FIFTY STATES (and many provinces) as well as the in-person donations brought our GTMD total to…

$62,588! 


[ on the fringes of the scene – still getting used to the dream ] 

The hard part…

Trying to get this post written is always challenging – it takes many days for our brains to start working and words to start having meaning again – but trying to wrap it up is just impossible. The screen gets all blurry and my keyboard keeps getting all wet.

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.
A changing part of an ever-changing place, as I got to (finally) announce that this is my last Improvathon as the President of our Board of Directors – as of January 2018 the gavel is handed to the amazing Adia Morris-Swanger !

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.
My thanks will never feel like enough so I lean on the words of others.

“Find the others.
Find the people in the same place as you who want to build the same things.
Ask them what they’re interested in, ask them what they’re making, and ask them if you can help.
Put it together….
…Start talking. Start building it. Make it calmly, and make it complex and inclusive.
Make it real. Make it human. Make it weird and wonderful.
No more circuses. Make Future Everything.”     – Warren Ellis

 

Thank you all – I am luckiest because I get to build this with you.

Butch Roy

Executive Director of HUGE Theater and Humble Servant

 

Throwback Night 2018 Casts Announced

We are extremely excited to announce the cast of the upcoming season of our annual Throwback Night shows – thank you all to those who auditioned!

Close Quarters – directed by Lauren Anderson and Nels Lennes

Chris Barth
Craig Corsi
Erik Hoversten
Erik Nielsen
Keren Gudeman
Michael Rogers
Pamela Mazzone
Ryan Vanasse
Sam Beeson
Shannon Foy

La Ronde – directed by Michael Ritchie

Abe VanderBent
Adam Mellerup
Alicia Wheelock
Becci Schmidt
John Eisenrich
Marty Wessels
Michael Weingartner
Tommy Caravello
Zoa Dru

The Living Room – directed by Jill Bernard

Aaron Cook
Cody Madison
Danielle Heinert
Kevin Albertson
Kya Fischer
Lucas Hines
Matt Axelson
Matt Slater
Michael DallaValle
Richard Ralston
Sandra Struthers
Valerie Hurst
Vanessa Tu

Throwback Night casts begin working in October and the show opens January 5th!

New ticket pricing and options!

Dear friends of HUGE Theater,
Starting Friday, November 3, weekend ticket prices and purchase options are changing.

Winter Ticket Pricing :: Fridays and Saturdays

8:00pm: $10 online / $12 at the door
9:30pm: $10 online / $12 at the door
10:30pm: $8 online / $8 at the door

Flex Pass: $18 for any 2 shows on the same night
All Night Pass: $24 for all 3 shows on the same night

Audiences can purchase tickets for one, two or all three shows on Friday and Saturday nights.
The 8pm/9:30pm show tickets are no longer bundled together.

We are making this change and adjusting our ticket pricing seasonally to meet two realities:
1) Customers have consistently been confused by the combined 8pm/9:30pm ticket model.
2) Our audiences and programming are seasonal.

We originally set up to our 8/9:30pm combined ticket model to encourage audiences to stick around and sample improv. This was essential nearly seven years ago, when HUGE opened and longform improv was very new to the general public. Now we’re finding new audiences express much more confusion about our ticketing than our programming.

We recognize that theater attendance is seasonal and that we attract different audiences at different times of year. Our programming reflects this — we roll out new programming every two months or so — but our pricing model hasn’t caught up. Rather than treat winter the same as summer, we are treating the seasons, well, seasonally. Our goal is to make sure, no matter what the season, our ticket prices are affordable and as clear as possible.

If you’re reading this, it’s likely you’re a longtime friend and audience member at HUGE. Thank you! Many of you have become accustomed to seeing multiple shows, and we hope this change won’t keep you from being able to join us. We’ve had you in mind in designing the Flex Pass (any two shows) and the All Night Pass (all three shows).

We recognize our new winter pricing isn’t as inexpensive and convenient for our
long-time audiences.  To be honest, we’ll miss the wooden nickels and the ease of having audiences stick around between shows. At the same time, we won’t miss giving lengthy ticketing explanations online, at the box office and from the stage.
We’re also excited that the 9:30pm shows won’t have to encourage their audiences to come to the theater in hopes that enough audience turns in their wooden nickels from the 8pm show for new 9:30pm audience to get a seat.

Going forward, we’re going to adjust our pricing seasonally, to best meet the needs of audiences and performers. We appreciate that you’ve stuck with us so far, and hope you’ll continue to support HUGE.
We don’t do anything without considering how it affects our community, and we want you to know we truly welcome your feedback and, always and forever, appreciate your support.

Notes from the Annual Happy Hour with the Board

Sorry for the delay – you may have heard that things got a little crazy this fall!
There have been updates in some of these areas – especially programming for 2018 – but for the sake of clarity (and getting it posted) the information here is what was presented in August.


HUGE Happy Hour Meeting Notes :  August 17, 2017

Budgets and Operations – Molly Chase – Click on slides to see full size


Education – Jill Bernard
We may keep enrollment between 200-250 students per term going forward
We always have a waitlist and could add more classes, but we don’t have another space.
Also want students to have an excellent student experience and that gets harder to provide if we’re pushing our limits too much.

The 401 class has been redesigned. It was on the topic of Forms and now it is Ensemble Building. It is designed to answer questions that people had – e.g. What’s the best practice, how do you meet fellow players, and what kind of group should you have?

Jill is working on a new level between 201 and 301 to address the problem of steamrollers/not as generous improvisers who are too many scenes in a row, not listening to their scene partners, etc. Jill originally wrote the curriculum with shy people in mind.

Teen program ran classes and summer camp this year. We announced that we’re not continuing the teen program. Our mission statement is aimed at student and professional improvisers, and we can’t be all things to all people. Teen students might find a creative home at Stepping Stone and Brave New Institute or other great orgs.

Women –Trans – Femme – adding a second class taught by Hannah Wydeven for intermediate and advanced students. Very excited for this program to be expanding.

This year Jill introduced an expanded summer intensive – strengthened the weekday portion.

Scholarships

11% this year – We budget for up to 15%. Scholarships are based on financial need and artistic interest/potential.

We reserve a couple spots in each 101 class for scholarship students – so while we have openings for up to 18 people, we sell only up to 16 spots.

TCIF scholarships were an example of pay it forward – We say how many people need scholarships and people stepped up to fund them. We had more than double the number as previous years– 21 TCIF scholarships this year.

Word of mouth is overwhelmingly the reason that people sign up for classes


Diversity and Inclusion update – John Gebretatose

John went to a Toronto Improv Festival and met three Directors of Diversity and Inclusion from various improv theaters around North America. He wrote a proposal for HUGE and was hired.
He started work in November 2016 on a contract basis

John’s strategy was to go to artists in different art categories and to see if he could bring them in to HUGE for improv. Brought word of mouth and validity to improv.

Funding
John currently earns $300/month stipend, plus additional hourly pay during TCIF as a contractor. Molly is looking into grants to find more funds to support this work. Robin noted she’s doing some grant prospecting and will keep an eye out for a potential fit for HUGE.

Programming
Part of John’s work has been to not only get the word out about auditions and performance/learning opportunities, but to provide prep work and support for auditions. An example is this year’s ComedySportz auditions. John led the way on making sure POC performers felt ready for the auditions, and attended/joined the auditions to provide extra support.

Examples of additional programming include:
Coaching sessions with groups
Facebook group for people of color
POC-only workshops
Greg Parks recently taught a POC-only workshop, for which there is growing demand, since jams are a great start but participants expressed wanting to get more instruction.

Monthly POC jams have been an effective way for people of color to try improv.
Noted that greater clarification could be useful in terms of whether it is both performers and audience that need to be people of color to attend. (It is both – John updated the site yesterday to clarify.)

John is doing a lot of work cultivating relationships and encouraging participation. His work is inspiring others to do similar types of work. Since the POC jams started in Nov/Dec of 2016, other jams have been started:
Queer Jam – independently run and promoted by student and improviser Craig Corsi
Worn Treads – independently produced by a small group of improvisers. The jam is for people aged 40 and older. It is primarily for people who started improv later in life and have a different experience and family obligations than their student peers who are in their 20s and early 30s.

Progress in auditions:

  • Going forward:
    Working with Jill on scholarship program.
    Reviving Islamic Sisterhood workshop – Taj Ruler is going to teach.
    2nd ever Our Cities Our Stages event planned for October
    Brunches and/or field trips
    POC Showcases coming soon
    Working with Butch and HUGE to find ways to add more POCs in the staff.
    3rd-annual Black and Funny Festival in February 2018

Meanwhile, we continue to work on building relationships in larger arts community, e.g. Jill taught a workshop to the New Native Theater last summer and to teachers from MU Collective.


Artistic Update – Nels Lennes

Throwback program  – This program casts 3 teams (8-11 people each), so gives about 30 people a chance at 8 weeks of performance.  Throwback Night will run in January/February 2018.
This year, HUGE is discontinuing the second stage of the program – the “Throwgram” program in previous years – in which each team would have a second 8-week run of a new form they create based on their Throwback Night form.
HUGE shows and independent proposed shows will fill the Friday 8pm slots at are opened up – By discontinuing this part of the Throwback program, HUGE opens up 6 months on the calendar. An additional benefit is that having that much stage time for the 30-person cast helped further the impression that you see the same people on stage all the time.

Returning shows –  Many options have been discussed, the schedule is still taking shape and is always very fluid – potentially Family Funeral (which is complementary to Family Dinner)
Unique shows confirmed include Troubadour and Attenborough. These unique shows are essential for the improv community because they clearly represent an expression of improv not otherwise seen –  we don’t want to narrow focus. We want the community to learn, grow, and create the next amazing new thing – not just what they already see on stage and think is a successful format to copy or adapt to secure a run of shows.

The show calendar is programmed through the end of 2017 with confirmation that The Other Jeanie Retelle and Painters will be performing late Saturday nights in November/December – and some of 2018 has already taken shape.
HUGE shows Off Book and Kabaam are slated to return in 2018 so far

Directors and Assistant Directors – Taking a page from the TA and teaching the teachers initiative, Nels and Butch are using a similar template for directors in building up the assistant director program – every show HUGE has produced over the past year has included an Assistant Director position and we hope to transition several HUGE shows over to new direction with Nels in a more of a supper/oversight role in the coming year to keep that progress moving.

Another encouraging sign of growth: more auditions for upcoming shows – HUGE announced last year that auditions would be held for every HUGE production and not only did that result in changing casts for all HUGE shows, we have been seeing more independent show are having auditions.
Changing the way shows are created and cast – in the past shows have almost always come to us fully cast with/by the people that created it – this shift means more opportunities for more artists and a clearer path to the stage.


Q & A

What is max possible ticket sales for a month?
If we sold out every single show, with no days off, we would earn $291,200.

How does TCIF compare to previous festivals?
It was well-attended but we suffered some pretty serious setbacks and losses due to losing a major headliner after the lineup had been announced and workshop schedules had already been crafted and contracted around a group that could not come.

Is HUGE going to work to find ways to add more POCs in the staff?
Yes, this is in-progress – The primary focus has been on artistic opportunity, since that is our mission, and we don’t want to detour someone that is on their way to be on our stage to put them behind the bar. We’ve started cross training when possible and hiring more staff when able.

Question: Will there be pods coming up?
Yes! For example, Jill Bernard has a pod on stage picture coming up this fall!