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


Audition Notice: Interludes


Last day for audition sign ups is May 22nd

Audition dates will be sent on May 23rd

Interludes is holding auditions for its run at HUGE Theater on Saturdays at 10:30pm in September and October. Interludes is an improv show in which inspired by qualities and techniques of famous minimalist composer Philip Glass, the cast will dive deep into possible character motives and thoughts through rhythm, repetition, words, and movement. Using a bell to “enter” a scene, the inner working of characters will be explored and expanded and show that what we say and what we think can be worlds apart.



Show run: Saturdays at 10:30pm, September/October at HUGE

Auditions will take place at HUGE Theater in half-hour slots on the following days:
– Monday May 29th – 4pm-7pm
– Saturday, June 3rd, 2pm-5pm

Do 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 have been decided and can be found HERE:…/0B5ZvFzI2mP0eN0NLME1oMmNkQ…/view…

At the audition, you will be asked to note 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

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 HUGE 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

This project is celebrating all different ways we communicate.
At auditions, please bring a strong sense of play, support, and creativity.

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

Interludes will be produced and directed by Denzel Belin

State of HUGE – February 2017

photo by Christian Unser

At the end of January we celebrated six years of our strange little theater – per tradition, we had brief updates, news and goals covering the past year and the year ahead and a lot of thanks.  Link to the video included at the end of this post. This is a more complete version of what’s been happening at HUGE and what you can expect to see in the months ahead.


Our classes are still going strong – 221 students enrolled in 14 classes in the current term – and we’ve continued to make changes big and small along the way:

We added a class for Women/Femme/Gender Non-Binary/Trans – special thanks to Hannah Wydeven – to help more people discover (or return to) improv in a safe space!

We launched our re-tooled 401 level class with a focus on helping students transition from the more individual learning process to creating/being part of an ensemble

We awarded some scholarships we’re particularly proud of, with an emphasis on women and people of color to help with our diversity program. To highlight one of them, we partnered with T2P2 to recognize a really wonderful student and talented person, Janae Henry, with a full scholarship to a 101 class.

We are expanding our summer intensive in 2017, since out-of-town and out-of-country visitors often look for ways to make a longer trip, so we’ll run from Tuesday to Sunday. This year’s focus is on Music and Mindfulness, if you’re ready to learn more there’s already info on so take a peek.

As always – thank you to our amazing teachers:  Tane Danger, Sean Dillon, Hannah Wydeven, Gubby Kubick, Erin Kennedy, Jill Bernard, Butch Roy, Michael Ritchie, John Gebretatose, MJ Marsh, Molly Chase, Adam Iverson, Liv Augusta Anderson, Lucas Vonasek

And our TA’s:   Kelly Sheehy, Jeff Gyllen, Will Roberts, Erik Nielsen, Liz Council, Katie Novak, Denzel Belin, Ashawnti Ford, Breanna Cecile, Jackson Collins


In 2016 we announced some changes to our production process – including auditions for all roles in all HUGE productions and an Assistant Director role on all HUGE productions – to help include more people in the ever-growing community in our shows.

Since HUGE actually produces a small number of shows on our stage over the course of a year, these changes will be more visible later in the year when KaBaam!! and Creature Feature return in July and September, respectively and continue to be more visible as we grow.

This is yet another part of our focus on improving the diversity of performers represented on our stage – in the past, shows have been very slow to change compared to the community at large when shows kept the same casts year after year – and we’re hoping that independent shows on our stage follow suit as well, which is why we always encourage auditions as part of our show proposal process and give free use of the space to hold auditions.

The Assistant Director role is another important addition that we hope to see more of as we grow – both to give newer producers insight on our process of directing shows and to get more input from more artists when creating our shows.

If you are interested in being an Assistant Director for a HUGE production – please email Nels (at hugetheater dot com) and Butch (at hugetheater dot com) with your availability, experience and interest. As mentioned before, the majority of shows on our stage are not HUGE productions, but we can also help pair interested new directors with groups looking for an outside eye on their shows as well.

Scheduling of shows in the 2017 pipeline continues and we are very excited to announce some new and returning shows in the coming months – we just closed a Throwback Night season that featured a lot of new faces, are opening Neutrino that is mostly new cast and are heading into Troika season – which always means a lot of new groups and performers trying new things together. Stay tuned!


Many of the changes we are making are focused on doing better at making HUGE a safe and welcoming place for more and more people – as the head of an organization dedicated to serving the Twin Cities improv community, I can think of no better service to it than to help bring more people to the table so we may all benefit from their experience and insight and creativity.

And no better person to help HUGE in that effort than John Gebretatose.

John officially took on role as our head of Diversity and Inclusion in 2016 – in addition to his work with Blackout Improv and the Black and Funny Improv Festival – and his work has already made such an impact, we are lucky to have him and cannot thank him enough.

The first major addition was the POC Jams – which are now happening on the final Sunday of each month from 4-7pm – to invite people of color to try improv in a setting that is not one in which they are the only POC in a classroom, connect with one another, share experiences and help us as a theater find the best way forward.

John is such an incredible addition to HUGE Theater and it is a priority for us to grow his role as much as his time and our infrastructure allow and support his hard work both inside and outside of his role at HUGE.


For the first time in years, we have expanded our Board of Directors!

We were very excited to announce over the closing months of 2016 that Robin Gilette and Adia Morris have both joined our Board of Directors and we are already benefiting from their insight and guidance as well as finding more ways to make them perform on stage with us – our Board has always been more fun than any other Board.


We are nearing the end of the selection process for the eleventh annual Twin Cities Improv Festival (TCIF11), which is always one of the most difficult things we do all year.  The festival has always been produced by Five Man Job and an outside person in charge of the education division of the festival – Jill Bernard, Emily Schmidt and then Jill Bernard again – and this year we are announcing that we are opening the position of TCIF’s Education Director

The job description, details and more will be posted in a stand-alone blog on the HUGE site and TCIF site soon after selections are finished, confirmed and announced.

>> NEWS:  Selections have been delayed as we just found out that Jet & Holly – who had previously been announced to headline and teach this year – are no longer able to attend the Festival. This has obviously been a setback but we hope to have selection emails sent by this weekend and selections announced by March 8th, one week late <<


There are always so many things happening at HUGE – some of which may not be big news or be obvious from the outside – but we’re always trying to adopt/adapt/improve as we go.  Here are some things big and small:

Blue Sun Soda – If you’ve been through our lobby lately you may have noticed the addition of some strange brand names and new options, thanks to our friends at Blue Sun. We are very proud and happy to carry several of their products and support small and local business partners.

Two Bettys – if you’ve been through the theater or in the classrooms in the past year you have probably noticed that it is clean and tidy thanks to another small local business. Over the past year we were able to move from volunteer cleaning services to partial-trade to full service with Two Bettys (which makes a tremendous difference in a lot of our daily schedules) and they are taking great care of our home.

Paying artists – As part of our mission to support the Twin Cities improv community, we’ve also been able to engage several improvisers in a professional capacity as photographers and designers (yet another thing that make a massive difference in our day-to-day workload) and when we do so, we insist (we often have to insist because this community is so generous and people keep trying to volunteer) on paying for their services.

Over time, we’ve found that our side mission of “teach people the value and validity of this art – and why asking artists to work for free is corrosive and destructive” also means helping artists expect compensation by consistently being the place that pays for work in a landscape full of opportunities to get free “exposure”

New Equipment – this past year saw the almost-complete replacement of some sound equipment that was well beyond its last legs – AND – the anonymous donor that gave a substantial matching gift during Improvathon donated funds to purchase and install some cameras in our parking lots and outdoor spaces to improve safety and security and hopefully curb some of the vandalism at/around HUGE Theater as well!

We are working with our landlord this spring to get those installed and make other improvements to outdoor lighting as soon as we can – we hope that everyone is safe and they are never, ever needed. That would be the best unused piece of equipment EVER.

New ticketing system – the last change to announce is that HUGE has moved to a new online ticketing system beginning March 1st.

We have been trying to simplify and improve the online ticketing process for a long time and were able to move seamlessly over to Vendini – which is the parent company of our previous ticketing system – and their impressive suite of tools.

That means you’ll see some visible differences in your online shopping cart, some changes to online options (like adult/child pricing and being able to use gift cards to make online reservations!), an online “donation jar” in the checkout process for customers interested in giving, some more/different options coming soon for flexible ticket packages and possible “season ticket” options, as well as some smaller changes to the check-in experience when you arrive at the theater.  We are still rolling out some of the tools and changes as we wanted to make the switch as painless as possible.

We’ve also had to make a small proactive change to our pricing – moving all our $7 shows to $8 – in order to keep pace with our growth and expenses.


As always, I end with thanks. 

For our tireless (so far) staff of House Managers, Techs, Bartenders that make sure audiences coming to this place have a great time.
For John, Breanna and Kevin who are constantly working hard and bringing new ideas to keep things running and improving every day.
For Bradley and Cicely who handle so many invisible tasks.
For all our volunteers who take care of this place like it was their own (because it is)
For all our amazing teachers, TA’s and performers who take all that nervous energy and stress of the outside world and turn it into laughter.  

For everyone that has supported this unlikely place – full of the most amazing people and indescribable moments – that I love so much.  It is such an honor that I get to come in every day and do my best to serve this community.  It means everything.

Thank you so much.

Butch Roy
Executive Director, Humble Servant, Biggest Fan



Answering Anonymous Question: Age in Improv

We received an anonymous message via our contact form:

“The local improv community has taken some amazing steps recently to address issues around gender and racial inequality. I recently noticed the TCIF form has demographic questions, and think this is a very good thing. I wonder if as a community we could yes and this momentum for another protected class often forgotten in improv – age. Thanks in part to the great work that has been done, I’d be willing to wager that that women and people of color would currently find the community more welcoming than those in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. Many groups are now excited to involve more women and people of color. Few are even considering the fifty-something-year-old.

Sexual orientation also seems be be currently not getting the heat, but I can’t speak to that from experience. How can we keep this momentum going to make this a better place for all and not just those currently holding the megaphone?”

Improv has been populated by those who have the easiest access – young, healthy people without other obligations tugging on their time and money, who are familiar with improv and for whom transportation and late nights performing, practicing and hanging out are no problem.

Much credit must be given to the Brave New Workshop’s 55+ program, which has introduced so people to improv in their fifties, sixties, and seventies, and spawned great improv groups like Track Lighting, who are finishing a run of shows at HUGE Wednesdays. But there’s no reason that older improvisors need to be sequestered on to age-specific improv teams. We should all get to play together!

This project needs a hero, a version of Fair Play or the Tiny Funny Women Fest or Blackout or Lavender Panic; or John Gebretatose and Alsa Bruno who founded the Black and Funny Fest, to raise the topic and start the movement. When that hero arises, HUGE Theater will support them with all of our strength and resources. Thank you for putting out the call.