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February 5 – classes cancelled

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! )

Drop In Class is cancelled too!

January 29 – all classes cancelled including Drop In

HI TUESDAY STUDENTS! Looks like the forecast for dangerous temperatures and icy roads has gotten worse. All classes are cancelled including Drop In. Thank you for your understanding.

Q: will the class be rescheduled?
A: hey, would it be ok if we figured that out later?
Q: uhhh…your A was a Q.
A: your Q was an A….

January 27 – no cancellations

SUNDAY HUGE 3:30/4pm STUDENTS – YES, we are having class, it looks like the snow will not get bad until somewhat later.

If you have to miss class for your own safety, we understand, no worries.

A very brief introduction to ABLEISM IN IMPROV!

“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.

Anniversaries, both happy and sad

photo by Sally Foster

December will always remind us of when the theater first opened, but it will also always be the anniversary of when beloved HUGE teacher, performer and director Samantha Pereira passed away.

We remember you, dear friend, on this day of your passing and this month of your birth. It has been three years and we miss you every day. 











Improvathon 2018 Results and Thanks!

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.

Butch Roy

Executive Director of HUGE Theater and Humble Servant

HUGE announces new Managing Director

HUGE Improv Theater Names Sean Dillon As New Managing Director

Sean’s involvement with HUGE began with the first Throwback Night in 2012, and since that time, he has gone on to perform with a variety of groups and shows here, including The Score, Yes Anderson, The Away Team, Nimblicity, Neutrino, Dilly Dally, and others. He has taught at HUGE for the past five years, co-directs the show Off-Book, and served as the theater’s volunteer Accessibility Coordinator since 2015.

Outside of improv, Sean is a stage and film actor, writer, and director, the founder of horror theater company Oncoming Productions, and a wildly improbable hand model. In the past, he has worked for arts non-profits Springboard for the Arts and the Stella Adler Studio, and has worked most recently as a Disability Services Advisor at Capella University.

“I am so excited for Sean to come aboard in an official capacity – he’s always been such a proactive and positive member of the community, in many ways he’s already a leader so having him part of our artist-led company only makes perfect sense,” said Butch Roy, Executive Director of HUGE Improv Theater.

Dillon will begin as Managing Director in mid-November, just in time for HUGE’s Improvathon on November 15. Previously this position was held by Molly Chase, who did noble service since March 2011 as HUGE’s first managing director.

Throwback Auditions open now!

Use this form to request an audition for and/all of the following groups:
The Harold – Directed by Lauren Anderson & Lizzie Gardner
Rehearsals :: Sundays 10am-Noon (First 3 rehearsals at location other than HUGE)Armando – Directed by Jill Bernard; Assistant Director – Liz Council
Rehearsals :: Saturdays 2-4pClose Quarters – Directed by Hannah Wydeven; Assistant Director – Alexis Camille
Rehearsals :: Saturdays 12-2p
AUDITION TIMES will be scheduled:
Saturday 10/13 from 10am-5pm
Monday 10/15 from 4pm-7pm
Options will be removed as time slots fillPERFORMANCES
Throwback Night will run Fridays at 8pm in January and February at HUGE Theater

REHEARSALS
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 (approximately end October-early Jan with breaks for the holidays), cast are expected to miss no more than 2 rehearsals.
The Harold -Sundays 10am-Noon, late Oct – early Jan
Armando – Saturdays 2-4p, late Oct-early Jan
Close Quarters – Saturdays 12-2p, late Oct-early Jan

If you don’t see the form below please CLICK HERE

We want to see you all of you there. Yeah, even you. And you! And also you.