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Job Posting: Artistic Director

Application deadline: July 31, 2021
Start date: Negotiable, targeting Sept 2021
To apply: Send your resume and a cover letter to jobs@hugetheater.com

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Hours: 30 hours/week (requires many evenings and weekends)
Compensation: Salaried employee, $32,250 per year
Other benefits: Results-oriented work environment (flexible hours), free parking. At 30 hours per week, employees receive stipend for health care premiums (currently set at $300/month).

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HUGE Improv Theater in Minneapolis is an artist-led company dedicated to supporting the Twin Cities’ diverse and thriving improv community through performance and education.

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ABOUT ARTISTIC DIRECTION AT HUGE THEATER

HUGE’s vision is to continue the development of the art form of longform improv, and to foster diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our work. We do not constrain our programming to a particular style of longform improv. Instead we seek to showcase a variety of styles that demonstrate excellence in performance; for example, we celebrate foundational forms of improv and we encourage experimentation. 

Another important aspect of HUGE’s organizational philosophy is that there should be a clear path to the stage: for students to transition into performers, performers to continually develop as artists and artistic leaders, and performers and directors to create work outside of HUGE itself.

HUGE’s artistic director is responsible for shaping, communicating and implementing the artistic vision of HUGE, for the continued development of performers at HUGE, and for major decisions regarding the hire and ongoing professional development of artistic staff. This role is part of the management/operations team, along with the executive director, director of education, director of diversity and inclusion, and managing director; and is accountable to the management/operations team and reports to the executive director. 

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RESPONSIBILITIES

Big Picture

  • Align artistic programming with HUGE’s mission and support artistic excellence
  • Articulate HUGE’s artistic vision and represent the theater 
  • Influence theater direction and management as part of the management/operations team
  • Contribute time, talent and general support for HUGE’s fundraising efforts 
  • Foster working relationships and familiarity with the Twin Cities improv community, which is at the heart of all we do

Show development and scheduling

Currently, approximately 30% of shows on our stage are produced by HUGE directly, while the remaining 70% of shows are produced independently. 

For shows produced by HUGE:

  • Direct one show a year if desired
  • Hire and supervise directors and assistant directors 
  • Oversee auditions and continue to refine audition process for all HUGE-produced shows

For independently produced shows:

  • Oversee, promote, and refine the show submission process 
  • Communicate and coordinate with independent directors and producers regarding artistic decisions 
  • Program show schedule 
  • Provide guidance on audition and rehearsal best practices 

Evaluation and feedback

  • Provide artistic evaluation and feedback for HUGE Wednesdays shows and all weekend shows by: attending a minimum of two performances during their run, monitoring and assessing quality, and developing a formal feedback process for show producers and directors and/or cast that includes recommendations for potential next steps. 
  • Work with program coordinator to gather online feedback from evaluation form that goes to all casts, directors and assistant directors; targeting an 80% minimum participation rate. Include this information in feedback given to the shows’ director (and assistant director and/or producer, as applicable). Meet with Directors (and Assistant Directors) to discuss. 

Program Development

  • Interface with Director of Diversity and Inclusion to continue the progress in the areas of diversity and inclusion on HUGE’s stage
  • Oversee and continue to develop the Assistant Director Program. Implement and refine purpose, path, expectations, evaluation and feedback 
  • Create avenues for artistic and professional development of directors. Implement and refine purpose, path, expectations, evaluation and feedback
  • Maintain show pipeline and evaluation process and communication with an eye on transparency and timeliness
  • Develop new shows and programs in alignment with HUGE’s mission

Logistics and communication

  • Communicate show selection and coordinate scheduling with producers and directors
  • Announce show selection and schedule with public
  • Schedule auditions and callbacks (as applicable) in coordination with program coordinator
  • Ensure that safety standards and boundary check-in practices are known and followed
  • Be the general artistic point of contact for HUGE, for example manage artistic queries regarding licensing shows, or general inquiries from theaters, festivals, and show producers

Other duties as needed

  • Due to the small size of HUGE’s core staff, members of the leadership team with occasionally be called upon to take on additional responsibilities, in accordance with their skills and capacity

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • 7+ years professional improv experience
  • 3+ years experience teaching and directing improv, with an emphasis on longform
  • Effective management that aligns with artistic values and HUGE’s mission and values
  • Leadership
  • Strong organizational, oral, and written communication
  • Commitment to furthering HUGE’s efforts at building diversity and inclusion
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects and deadlines
  • Ability to say no gracefully, reject proposals by friends and colleagues, and be the bearer of bad news in casting and other situations. 
  • Support of artists and students, including fostering a safe and inclusive environment. 

The ideal candidate will also have experience in nonprofit management. 


Glossary of terms

Because of the changing nature of improv groups and productions, it’s useful to clarify the terms as HUGE is using them:

Show:  Any production proposed and/or booked at HUGE
Group : May be a set cast (i.e. The Mess) or may be a production entity that assembles a cast for a run of show.
Producer:  Person responsible for production support on the show side – may include all aspects of the group’s responsibilities outside of the artistic direction of show content, i.e. scheduling rehearsals, point of contact for logistics for both cast and venue, etc.
Director:  Person responsible for the quality and content of what is performed on stage – point of contact with venue for matters of artistic vision and quality as well as any issues,  concerns and feedback involving the cast.
Assistant Director: Responsible for working with the director to co-create and communicate the vision for the show with the cast through rehearsals and notes.

A note from Rita…

Hi HUGE Community!

Well, here we are. We’re all crawling back into the world and we’re all a little wobbly at best, but I am so overwhelmingly happy that the wobbly path is leading us all back to the HUGE stage. This place was never meant to be empty so long and I can’t wait for it to be filled with loud and unapologetic joy again.

I wanted to let you know that I will be leaving my role as Artistic Director. Though there is some flexibility in my timeline as I want to make sure HUGE is as set up as possible to keep moving onward and upward in this new world, I will transition out fully by the end of August. 

My breath runs short every time I think about ending my tenure here, but like so much of the world, I happen to be crawling out of this last year and a half a totally changed person with a new recognition of my time and my energy and all the ways I was dividing myself up in too many little pieces. I realized I need to be more picky and precious with my time and that my family, my artistic endeavors and my life outside of work deserve the best parts of me so I am moving forward with that focus.

I am so proud to have served in the role of Artistic Director, and I am so indescribably grateful for the opportunity to have worked with and alongside this team and this community. You trusted me with a big new thing at HUGE, to help lead a theater that was and is and will always be so beloved, and I am forever changed by my time here. I hope I haven’t let you down. 

And though I know it is a tough time to leave, I am so excited for what comes next. I am so excited for the next person to keep building alongside John in the coming years as he takes on his new role as Executive Director; and with the rest of the HUGE team, Board and community to keep making HUGE the leader and beacon that it is. To keep calling out to the world, “You are welcome here. This art is for you, too.” I can’t wait to continue to be on stage here as an advocate and representative of those values. I can’t wait to get back to teaching and coaching when my energy can be in the right place again. I hope to still be with you all every step of the way. 

I will miss so much of this. No job will ever be this funny. Or this weird. Or this wonderful. But mostly I am just so grateful. Thanks to Butch, Jill, John, Sean, Breanna (and all of you!), for holding me up these last 3 years. And for never, not even once, asking me to make a phone call.

Be good to yourselves and to each other. Keep making stuff. I’ll see you out there.

rita

Your Summer Potluck Schedule!

Purchase Tickets Here

We will open our doors on July 9th for shows on Fridays and Saturdays through July and August. We will be running Summer Potluck at 8 and 9:30p each night, and you can expect something different every weekend. Some shows will feature one group, some shows will feature two different groups. So much on the table! Let’s get back at it, shall we?

COVID policy :: ALL patrons, staff and performers must be fully vaccinated
Masks strongly encouraged in all common areas (the lobby, bar area and restroom hallway).
Thank you for helping HUGE continue to survive the pandemic.

Here is your summer lineup:

FRI JULY 9TH8pm – Five Man Job930pm – Ladyfriend / Drum Machine
SAT JULY 10TH8pm – Brotha Brotha930pm – Holy Foley / Lounge-asaurus Rex: I MISSED ME SO MUCH!
FRI JULY 16TH8pm – DillyDallHaus930pm – Firepit Gang
SAT JULY 17TH8pm – Feel Good About Yourself Orchestra930pm – The Unpronounceables
FRI JULY 23RD8pm – Show X930pm – Identity Crisis / Babe Train presents Sleepover
SAT JULY 24TH8pm – Foul Play930pm – The Mess
FRI JULY 30TH8pm – Murderclown930pm – Nudge
SAT JULY 31ST8pm – Adventures of Tim, Troy & Damian930pm – The Unpronounceables

FRI AUG 6TH8pm – Loungeasaurus Rex: I MISSED ME SO MUCH! / Gay/Straight Alliance930pm – My Town / FOTERSON
SAT AUG 7TH8pm – Toaster!930pm – Duo for a Day
FRI AUG 13TH8pm – Early Bedtime930pm – That Woman Is My Grandma / The Free Association
SAT AUG 14TH8pm – Drum Machine930pm – The Bearded Co.
FRI AUG 20TH8pm – Hot Pot930pm – Mayhem
SAT AUG 21ST8pm – Show X930pm – Ladyfriend / Early Bedtime
FRI AUG 27TH8pm – Brotha Brotha / Feel Good About Yourself Orchestra930pm – TNT / Murderclown
SAT AUG 28TH8pm – Puppets! / Richie v. Bradley930pm – The Mess

Purchase Tickets Here

August Summer Potluck Schedule!

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We’ve opened our doors and oh what a time it was! Summer Potluck is now officially running, Fridays and Saturdays through July and August. Like, in front of people! Shows are at 8 and 9:30p each night. Some shows will feature one group, some shows will feature two different groups. You can come scoop up a different comedy dish every weekend!

Here is your August lineup:

FRI AUG 6TH8pm – Loungeasaurus Rex: I MISSED ME SO MUCH! / Gay/Straight Alliance930pm – My Town / FOTERSON
SAT AUG 7TH8pm – Toaster!930pm – Duo for a Day
FRI AUG 13TH8pm – Early Bedtime930pm – That Woman Is My Grandma / The Free Association
SAT AUG 14TH8pm – Drum Machine930pm – The Bearded Co.
FRI AUG 20TH8pm – Hot Pot930pm – Mayhem
SAT AUG 21ST8pm – Show X930pm – Ladyfriend / Early Bedtime
FRI AUG 27TH8pm – Brotha Brotha / Feel Good About Yourself Orchestra930pm – TNT / Murderclown
SAT AUG 28TH8pm – Puppets! / Richie v. Bradley930pm – The Mess

Purchase Tickets Here

We are so happy to be back at it and we cannot wait for you to see it!

July Summer Potluck Schedule!

Purchase Tickets Here

We will open our doors on July 9th for shows on Fridays and Saturdays through July and August. We will be running Summer Potluck at 8 and 9:30p each night, and you can expect something different every weekend. Some shows will feature one group, some shows will feature two different groups. So much on the table! Let’s get back at it, shall we?
Here is your July lineup:

FRI JULY 9TH8pm – Five Man Job930pm – Ladyfriend / Drum Machine
SAT JULY 10TH8pm – Brotha Brotha930pm – Holy Foley / Lounge-asaurus Rex: I MISSED ME SO MUCH!
FRI JULY 16TH8pm – DillyDallHaus930pm – Firepit Gang
SAT JULY 17TH8pm – Feel Good About Yourself Orchestra930pm – The Unpronounceables
FRI JULY 23RD8pm – Show X930pm – Identity Crisis / Babe Train presents Sleepover
SAT JULY 24TH8pm – Foul Play930pm – The Mess
FRI JULY 30TH8pm – Murderclown930pm – Nudge
SAT JULY 31ST8pm – Adventures of Tim, Troy & Damian930pm – The Unpronounceables

Purchase Tickets Here

The August lineup will be announced as soon as it is fully confirmed. We cannot wait to get back to it and we cannot wait for you to see it.

Quick fix for broken website!

Apologies for this…there is a glitch on the website where the class page doesn’t recognize that you’re already logged in! While we’re trying to figure out that boring mystery, here is a little workaround.

  1. PLEASE LOG IN FIRST:
    https://www.hugetheater.com/wp-login.php

  2. *THEN* REGISTER FOR THE CLASS YOU WOULD LIKE.
    Elise Rodriguez: You can’t f up my scene. Saturday 6/26 1-3:30pm
    Stephanie Rae: Say It With Your Chest Improvised Songs for Huge Emotions Sunday 6/27 4-7pm

If this is the first time you’ve registered for a class on the HUGE website, please email your name and which class you would like to join at workshops@hugetheater.com and we’ll get this squared away. Thank you for your patience, unless you’re feeling impatient, in which case, thank you for hiding your impatience.

BAF/TCIF COVID precautions

All live performances in the Black and Funny and Twin Cities Improv Festival will be held outdoors on the roof the Bakken Museum to maximize ventilation.
Audience attendance is capped at 75, in accordance with current guidance.

Seating is in an open grassy area, with a limited number of chairs available for use at the back and perimeter of the audience. Feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair. We ask that the audience self-space between parties to allow social distancing.
We request a minimum of 6 feet of space be maintained between the stage and the audience, and performers will not perform within the audience seating area.

We ask that all performers, staffers, and attendees are fully vaccinated.*
Social distancing is encouraged, and mask-wearing is welcome at any time.


Please under no circumstances attend the festival if you currently have or recently had COVID or COVID-like symptoms. We will be happy to refund your and your party’s tickets ahead of the event, if you find yourself in this situation.
*“fully vaccinated” denotes having had all shots in the vaccination series, followed by waiting the requisite period (typically two weeks) for the vaccine to reach maximum effectiveness.

Everybody Get In Here Festival

HUGE is proud to be part of the online Everybody Get In Here Festival. We’re steering the ship on SUNDAY JUNE 6th with our friends at Bad Dog Theatre in Toronto. 

9am CDT/your time Morning meeting and fun time! Facebook Live
10am CDT/your time“Improv in Slow Spanish” workshop with Feña Ortalli. Register here
12pm CDT/your timeBook Reading: Jill Bernard’s Small Cute Book of Improv read by the author, hosted by John Gebretatose. Facebook Live.
2pm CDT/your timePodcast Recording:  John & Elise. Facebook Live.
BAD DOG BLOCKHosted by our Toronto pals at Bad Dog Theatre!
3pm CDT/your timeTheatresports
4pm CDT/your timeImprov Loves
5pm CDT/your timeExperimental Dinner Show (Everybody in the Kitchen)
7pm CDT/your time BAF/TCIF Preview – a sample size of some groups you’ll see at the combined Black And Funny and Twin Cities Improv Festival the last weekend of June. Facebook Live
8pm CDT/your timeHomemade Improv Jam
11pm CDT/your timeSunday Service from Vancouver on YouTube
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The Everybody Get In Here Festival was created to highlight comedy unity and the great work being done in our improv communities around the world. There will be jams, shows, workshops, panels and more from June 4-13! Events and schedules will be posted and streamed on the Everybody Get In Here Festival page with additional content on Twitch and Youtube.

Sixteen Improv Theaters and Organizations have come together to uplift the international improv community!
• Bad Dog Theatre Company
• Black Improv Alliance
• Glossop Improv
• Hideout Theatre
• Highwire Improv
• HUGE Theater
• Improv Comedy Bangalore Community
• Improv MKE
• Lancaster Improv Players
• Queen City Comedy
• Socially Distant Improv
• Today Improv
• The Improv Boost
• Velvet Duke
• World’s Greatest Improv School
• Will Luera Improv

Statement from HUGE on the murder of Daunte Wright

Today we at HUGE join our community in grief and outrage at the death of Daunte Wright at the hands of police. It is maddening to have cause to make a second such statement within a year, decrying the murder of unarmed Black men in our own cities by police forces that seem unwilling or incapable of addressing their fundamental brokenness on race and violence.

No traffic stop for a broken tail light, expired tab, misplaced air freshener, or obscured license plate should ever escalate to the possibility of state-sponsored homicide. And yet, Black and Brown people — especially Black and Brown men — have been terrorized with exactly that. They are RIGHT to fear getting out of their vehicles. They are RIGHT to demand explanations. They are RIGHT to want to run. They have been given every reason.

The curtain has been pulled back, and we’re seeing the ugliness of White Supremacy lurking underneath the veneer of Minnesota Nice. MN is one of the top four worst states for racial equality in the country, and Minneapolis ranks as high as #1 among large cities. With those statistics before us, it is our duty as a Theater to center and uplift the Black voices in our community. It’s our duty to fight apathy.

A policing system rooted in racism caused this tragedy. Those who are meant to protect and serve are instead terrorizing and oppressing. We have to relentlessly demand better. Through protests, through donations, through the ballot box, through our voices, we each have a responsibility to demand fundamental reform.

A statement from HUGE on the attacks in Georgia

Words are never enough, but we write today to express our empathy and support for our Asian-American colleagues, friends, and neighbors. The domestic terrorist attack in Georgia on Tuesday that took the lives of Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, and four others unnamed at this time is part of a larger pattern of violence and hate directed at Asians and Asian Americans since the start of the pandemic. 

Truthfully, White Supremacist violence and discrimination against AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders) has existed in this country since its very founding. White Supremacy is antithetical/opposed to everything we at HUGE stand for and believe in, and we’re committed to the fight to dismantle it.

To our AAPI colleagues, friends and neighbors, we know you must be filled with hurt and dread. We hope you can find some healing, and we are here if it would help to reach out. We stand with you in mourning and calls for justice.

Attached is a post from our friends at FAWK which merits amplification far and wide. 
https://www.facebook.com/fawkollective/posts/874151896762337 

With love, 
Butch, Rita, Jill, John, Sean, and Breanna