HUGE Theater presents Jill Bernard’s Low-Quality Immersive Dinosaur Drive-Thru Experience

On February 28th from 2-4pm, we welcome you to join us in the parking lot of HUGE Theater at 3037 Lyndale Ave S Minneapolis MN 55408 for HUGE Theater presents Jill Bernard’s Low-Quality Immersive Dinosaur Drive-Thru Experience.

Recommendations: Enter by traveling east on 31st Street and taking a right onto northbound Lyndale. The entrance is the main parking lot entrance on Lyndale.

Here is the audio track to accompany your journey:

Download & print the Activity Booklet here:
HUGE Theater presents Jill Bernard’s Low-Quality Immersive Dinosaur Drive-Thru Experience downloadable Activity Booklet

Instructions on how to fold your Activity Booklet here:
Dinosaur Activity booklet instructions

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Year in Review!

(This is excerpted from our HUGEletter, sent out every other month. Subscribe here )
Happy Holidays friends! 

So. This has been a year, huh? Hope you’re holding up okay, all things considered. Before we launch into a hopefully better 2021, HUGE leadership wanted to take a moment to share… to look back and look ahead.

HUGE in winter. Not THIS winter… a past, more innocent winter.
We had a great Jan-Feb of 2020, with sold-out houses for Throwback Night and Off Book, and robust audiences overall. 
THE SHOW MUST GO ON(LINE)!Even though our physical stage has been closed since March, we’ve seen some wonderful innovation from a lot of different groups. HUGE has been proud to present online performance runs from: The Mess, Show X, Foul Play, OMG!, Toaster, Blackout Founders, Grown! (Hannah Wydeven), Adorable, Lounge-asaurus Rex, Creature Feature, The Mustache Rangers, and Family Dinner.  
BAFIF/TCIFWe normally celebrate Winter turning to Spring with two great improv festivals. The 2020 Black and Funny Improv Festival was originally scheduled for mid-March, and had to be scrapped for safety. The Twin Cities Improv Festival was scheduled to go up (online) in June. In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, we felt strongly that we couldn’t go on with business-as-usual. In the end, we came to a solution we were proud of: a combined BAFIF/TCIF, featuring online performances by some all-star local groups and an amazing international collective of Black talent and joy, with groups originally scheduled to perform in BAFIF in March. The event was capped with a headlining performance by Colin Mochrie of Whose Line Is It Anyway. 
IMPROVATHONWe were delighted to present 28 continuous hours of online improv from a whole slew of Twin Cities improvisers (and some international guests!) during our 2020 Improvathon, featuring a headlining performance with Colin Mochrie and Colton Dunn. (More on Improvathon below.) 
YOUTUBEIf you missed them, the performances from all of these events are available for viewing free of charge at HUGE’s Youtube page. Give them a watch! 
COMING UPIn the new year, we’ve got upcoming performance runs from The Mess, Show X, and others. So keep an eye on our website, Instagram, or Facebook!
We started the year with a bang — some of the highest enrollments we’ve ever had! Naturally, our classes since March have moved online. We’ve taught our core curriculum (101-401) adapted to the Zoom online platform, and a wonderful variety of Special Topics classes developed by our faculty. At this point, we have some returning students who have never studied with us any way OTHER than online, which is weird and wonderful and inspiring. 
REGISTER NOW!We’ll soon be enrolling our Winter Session, which includes core curriculum classes, 101-301. We are also offering  (open for registration now) two sections of John Gebretatose’s Performing With a Purpose, focused on directly encountering social justice issues through performance. John’s qualifications here extend beyond his role as HUGE’s Director of Diversity and Inclusion; he is also one of the founders of Blackout Improv, a Twin Cities troupe renowned for using improv to bring focus to the Black experience.

In addition to offering this course, we are also fundraising to support a higher-than-usual number of scholarships for it, because we want to erase any barriers of cost for students to start this valuable journey. If you’d like to support that, you can use this link to donate to this scholarship fund.

Like our community, all of us at HUGE are horrified and outraged by the murder of George Floyd in May. At that time, we released this statement, which holds just as true now as it did then. We don’t repeat that to pat ourselves on the back, but as a reminder of the hard and important work that remains before us as a community-serving organization. While John is our leader in — and the most visible face of — our efforts to keep doing better on matters of diversity, inclusion, and racial justice, every member of our core staff views this as a personal responsibility.  PUTTING IN THE WORKIn addition to the things we’ve touched on elsewhere, here are a few highlights from our efforts this year:Before our closure, we were proud to host Spirit Jam in February 2020, a workshop/jam organized by Patricia Carlberg to raise awareness of disability in improv. It was a beautiful event that brought in a lot of folks who had never been to HUGE or even done improv in the past. Thank you to Patricia, and everyone who took part!John hosted the first two sessions of an online panel series entitled “Reclaiming Our Value”, with sessions for “Black Comedians in America” and “Comedians in America with Disabilities.” We were fortunate to have a star-studded lineup for these panels, including Amber Ruffin of NBC’s Amber Ruffin Show, Colton Dunn of NBC’s Superstore, and Cedric Yarbrough of Comedy Central’s Reno 911. These fantastic discussions are available for view on our Youtube page and highly recommended!We’ve continued to host our monthly BIPOC Improv Jam (BIPOC = Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color), which rapidly made the shift to an online format in March, and has been a great success. We’re especially proud that the BIPOC Jam crew was THE #1 fundraiser for Improvathon 2020. Thanks, friends!It isn’t actually our project, but we want to recommend to you the ongoing weekly discussion series Anti-Racism for Comedy Folx, by Socially Distant Improv. John is a frequent participant, and it’s chock full of entertaining insights into the BIPOC comedy experience that can help us all do better
Exec Dir Butch Roy, Managing Dir Sean Dillon, Admin Breanna CecileArtistic Director Rita BoersmaDirector of Diversity and Inclusion John GebretatoseEducation Director Jill Bernard
Earlier this year, we had the pleasure of announcing that John Gebretatose, currently our Director of Diversity and Inclusion, will be transitioning into the role of Executive Director over the next five years. This decision reflects John’s transformative work in his current role and our desire to make it even more central to HUGE’s efforts and identity. Current Executive Director Butch Roy will transition into the newly created role of Theater Manager, overseeing the day-to-day operations of our space.
  OUT OF THE FRYING PAN, INTO THE… EMBERS?This has been a hard year for HUGE, financially. But it could have been absolutely disastrous, and we’re grateful for all these reasons it wasn’t:
Federal PPP and EIDL loans. HUGE was a recipient of a Payroll Protection Plan loan of $45,900 and an Economic Injury Disaster Loan of $82,700. The EIDL loan will need to be repaid in full with low interest, but helps assure our solvency in the short-term. We are currently in the process of applying for forgiveness of our PPP loan, which — if successful — would essentially transform that $45,900 into a grant. 
Extra support from MSAB. In addition to the Operating Support grants we were already set to receive for 2020, we were thrilled to receive a $15,000 Creative Support for Organizations grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Improvathon. This is always our biggest fundraising day of the year, and this year it was even more important than usual. Critically important. And our community showed up hard, and helped HUGE exceed our ambitious but necessary fundraising goal of $50,000… by a margin of $7. After 28 mostly-sleepless hours, we were loopy and delighted to be able to announce that wonderful result. Thank you SO much to everyone who helped make it happen… whether by performing, or fundraising, or giving, or just watching. 
Our donors, members, and supporters. So many of you have stepped up to keep us going this year, whether once or every month. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
A note from Johnny R. Financials (aka Sean the Managing Director):
All of these things were a great big help, and it may sound like we just spent the year raking in the dollars. But the reality is, our earned income dropped to near-zero, March-December of 2020. We had a tiny fraction of our usual shows and classes, and effectively none of our usual bar sales. Our expenses dropped too, but we still had to pay our full lease, service providers, utilities, leadership staff (at 1/4 the usual rate/hours), and all the other expenses that allow a non-profit to survive through a long hiatus without collapsing. And as of November, those expenses totaled over $300K, leaving HUGE with a sizable deficit for the year so far, despite all the assistance.

On a bright note, the federal stimulus bill that just passed Congress includes $15B for entertainment venues nation-wide. We’re hoping we’ll see some relief there that will help us recover.


Here’s the full schedule at this time. We’re over-the-moon excited to welcome Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway) and Colton Dunn (Superstore) as headliners!

Wednesday, Nov 188:00 PMBrotha, Brotha
9:00 PMFoul Play
9:30 PMNudge
10:00 PMBecky (feat. Ron)
10:30 PMFast and Furious Wacky Races
11:00 PMKinda Funny and Also a Little Bit Sad
11:30 PMLast Action Movie
Thursday, Nov 1912:00 AMMurderclown
1:30 AM1+1=Jew
2:00 AMThe Australian Hour
2:30 AMThe Australian Hour (cont.)
3:00 AMThe Apartment
3:30 AMTracktastic! with Bret feat. Deon
4:00 AMIce Cream Social Club
4:30 AMShelly and Ethel
5:00 AMRandomly Chosen
5:30 AMMy Town
6:00 AMImfrog
7:00 AMTheir, Their
7:30 AMJill’s Traveling Duos
8:00 AMJill’s Traveling Duos (cont)
8:30 AMSubatomic Duck
9:00 AMThe Neutrino Video Hour
9:30 AMThe Neutrino Video Hour (cont)
10:00 AMRG Family Funtime
10:30 AMImprovathon Classics
11:00 AMImprovathon Classics (cont)
11:30 AMImprovathon Classics (cont)
12:00 PMHoney Heist
12:30 PMDance Break with Divya
1:00 PM1Up
1:30 PMJill’s Traveling Duos
2:00 PMAdorable
2:30 PMUPDATE/America’s Newest Duo
3:00 PMThe Elise and John Show
3:30 PMReservoir Frogs
4:00 PMDillyDallHaus
4:30 PMToaster
5:00 PMHUGE 101
5:30 PMOddly Now
6:00 PMUnpronouncables
6:30 PMNimblicity
7:00 PMHomemade Jammer
7:30 PMBIPOC Jam
8:00 PMThe Amie and Kristen Show
8:30 PMThe Bearded Company
9:00 PMVelvet Wells
9:30 PMColin and Colton Make Friends
10:00 PMThe Mess
10:30 PMBlackout
11:00 PMLoveJoy
11:30 PMSpeak to the Managers
12:00 AMWe all fall down.

Improvathon 2020 Registration & FAQs!

Improvathon 2020 Registration and FAQs!

Yes, Improvathon is back! Improvisers for HUGE Improv Theater are taking the (virtual) stage — and not giving it back for 28 hours — to raise money for the the non-profit artist-led improvisational theater. It’s a one-of-a-kind fundraising barnstorm that coincides with Give to the Max Day, November 19, an annual event when Minnesotans display their generosity by celebrating and donating to local nonprofits through

Naturally, we’ll be doing things a little differently this year, because we’re moving the whole thing online for safety. Details on the changes in the Performer FAQ below.


Improv Performance Request:

There is an Improvathon kick-off meeting – Wednesday, October 21 at 6pm on Zoom!
Come ask questions, get more info and meet your fellow contenders as we gear up for GTMD2020!


The Improvathon gets underway on Wednesday night, November 18, starting at 8PM, leading up to the official Give to the Max Day start at midnight on Thursday, November 19.

A succession of many local improvisers will lead our online audience through 28 hours of spontaneous, unrehearsed, improvised theater. The program will end at midnight Nov. 19.

The goal of HUGE’s 28-hour Improvathon is to raise funds for the LynLake-area theater and support improvisational theater in the Twin Cities. In addition to producing 500+ shows a year, HUGE teaches 600+ students annually, and supports the education and career development of performing artists.

Admission is pay-what-you-can, with a suggested minimum donation of $10. All performances will be broadcast at HUGE’s Youtube page.


What is Improvathon?
Improvathon is a 28-hour improv marathon fundraiser benefiting HUGE Improv Theater. It is timed to coincide with’s Give to the Max Day, an annual statewide day of giving, on Thursday, November 19, 2019.

What is the schedule?
Starts: Wednesday, November 18 at 8:00PM
Ends: Thursday, November 19 at 11:59PM

So that’s it? 28-hours of improv and fundraising?
Basically! But it ends up being much more. It is a chance for the larger community – students, performers and audience — to connect with each other. In years past, the Improvathon has been the impetus for brand new groups to form. It is also an important opportunity for many students and performers to show their friends and family – inside and outside the Twin Cities — why improv and HUGE are important to them.

Why does HUGE schedule this to coincide with’s Give to the Max Day?
Give to the Max Day (GTMD) is an important arts and nonprofit awareness tool that makes a big impact statewide. By participating in GTMD, we are part of a much larger event, and are supporting fellow Minnesota nonprofits.

In addition, HUGE will be eligible to win $1,000 – $10,000 extra dollars based on incentives from GiveMN.

2020 Prizes include
– $500 Golden Tickets every 15 minutes
– two
 “Power Hour” challenges – each worth $6,000
– hourly $1000 Golden Tickets
– $500 Early Giving Tickets daily, starting Nov 1
– the final $10,000 Golden Ticket!
Every donation through GiveMN on GTMD is an entry to win those prizes.

What are some easy ways I can participate?
Buy a “ticket” and watch some shows – We’ll be broadcasting for 28 straight hours, and it makes a big difference to know people out there are watching.

Host a watch party – Facebook has the capability to start a watch party, so you can invite your friends to watch WITH you! …and maybe donate.

Offer or find a Matching Grant – GiveMN has piles of research that says projects with Matching Grants receive more donations. A Matching Grant can be as small as $100 to be effective. Contact butch at hugetheater dot com if you’re interested.

Donate! – Back one or more teams of your choosing, don’t be shy.

Spread the word– Word of mouth is incredibly important to HUGE, not only for the Improvathon, but for all our shows. If you haven’t reviewed HUGE on Google, consider doing that. Sincere, great reviews are among the most valuable gifts you can give.


What’s new and different in 2020?
Well, the whole thing will be online, so that’s different. All performances will take place in Zoom rooms, and be broadcast via HUGE’s Youtube channel and maybe also Twitch. This has several big impacts:

  • There won’t be an Iron Audience, per se. We don’t expect anyone to watch a screen for 28 straight hours; that would be terrible for your eyes. However, if you want to help us fundraise but do not want to perform, you are still welcome to create a fundraising page (see directions above) to pitch in. And of course you are welcome to tune in for as many performances as you’d like.
  • We won’t need anywhere near as many volunteers, since there won’t be a front desk, a tech booth, or anything to photograph. However we are still looking for volunteers to help run the Zoom rooms in 2-4 hour blocks. If you would like to assist in this way, please contact sean at hugetheater dot com. 
  • We’ll have a Discord text chatroom operating for the duration of the event, where our audience and performers can hang out, connect, enjoy the performances together, and even give requested suggestions for shows.
  • We won’t be supplying t-shirts for performers this year. Which makes us very sad. Since the event isn’t happening at the theater, the logistics and cost of safely distributing the shirts would just be prohibitive. However, if you’re the kind of person who HAS TO HAVE THE SHIRT, we will be creating a design, and shirts will be available for individual purchase at A percentage of each purchase goes to HUGE, so you’d also be supporting the cause!
  • To break things up a little, we’ll be interspersing standard sets with some special projects and staff check-ins. More details to come!

How do I sign up?
The link to the form to request a performance time is:

**registration does not guarantee a spot in the schedule as a Performer – though we will do our best to accommodate requests**

Can I be in more than one group that performs?
Of course! We just ask that you consider how thin you are spreading yourself in terms of time and energy, but also your ability to contribute to each groups’ fundraising goals. Also know that there are a lot of improvisers who want to participate, and so try to leave room for others.

Is there a prize?
Yes! The performer/group that raises the most funds will receive a custom coaching session from a special guest, either in March or during Twin Cities Improv Festival in June. In addition, the group will receive their name on the wall, bragging rights, and a piece of HUGE swag or clothing (TBD).

Pro Tip: Finding matching grants for your group are a great strategy if you want to win the top fundraising prize, but also is a great thing for people that want to give before Give to the Max Day. It is a great way to get the word out and start fundraising right away. At present, we don’t have a matching donor set up. You could get one for your own group. Or ask your work if they donate to 501(c)(3) nonprofits like HUGE.

I’m uncomfortable with fundraising, but I want to perform. Can I just sign up for a performance time?
Not really. Improvathon is HUGE’s biggest annual fundraiser. We are asking each performance time to try to raise at least $350. Our collective goal is $50,000 for the event, so we need all hands on deck. If you are truly uncomfortable asking friends and family to donate, this particular event isn’t the right fit.

We will do our best to make fundraising easy for you – and there are a lot of tools to do that, through’s online donation site and through tips and samples we will provide. Keep in mind, this isn’t about cold calling strangers. You’ll be asking family and friends who know you, and are asking them to support a nonprofit cause that’s personally important to you.

Cool, I will renew my Membership that day for part of my fundraising goal!
Memberships and supporterships — while enormously appreciated — are not handled through GiveMN, and will not count toward Improvathon team goals nor will it count toward the final tally of what is raised during Improvathon.

I don’t see the answer to my question here – who can I contact?
Feel free to send questions to Sean at hugetheater dot com.

What were those registration links again?
Improv Performance Request:

HUGE Hangout Auction Winners!

Congratulations to everyone who bid on fun hangouts with HUGE performers, students and fans. All proceeds went to help HUGE survive and thrive in this tough time. Thank you SO much to everyone who donated a hangout, everyone who bid, and to the dynamic duo of Breanna & Bree who organized the whole shebang!

And now, the winners!
An Hour in the Fake Writers’ Room of Your Choice with Emily Schmidt! Molly Chase
Awkward Date with Dilly Dally! Shea Roberts Gyllen
Become Produce with Ari Newman! Andrew Christian
Craft Puppets with PUPPETS! Jon Reek
Custom LEGO Art with Blake Wanger! Boo Segersin
Eat Dinner and Watch a Movie with The Mess! Erik Ostrom
Homemade Indian Takeout with Abs & Ian! Bree Dalager
HUGE Golden Ticket! Erik Ostrom
HUGE Golden Ticket! Jada Pulley
HUGE Golden Ticket! Heather Baldwin
Jackbox with Casey Haeg! Ariel Lopez
Life Coaching with Taj Ruler! Jon Slock
Making with Kelsey Dilts McGregor! Ariel Lopez
Mending with Kelsey Dilts McGregor! Breanna Cecile
MurderClown Writes Your Obituary! Kristin Turnblom
MurderClown Writes Your Obituary! Jane White
One-on-one Intro to Voiceover Crash Course with Ian Fishman! John Bickford
Photos with Adam Iverson! Andrew Christian
Play Pinball with MJ! Bree Dalager
Resume Review & Alcohol/Ice Cream with Bree! Erin McFerrin
Ryan Klima Will Draw You Literally Anything! Kristen Ragnacci
Sailing with Cliff Zawasky! Erik Ostrom
Sailing with Cliff Zawasky! Matt Axelson
SeaQuest with Subatomic Duck! Jill Bernard
Virtual Puzzle Room with Subatomic Duck! Matt Axelson
Wake & (Egg) Bake with Michael Krefting! Bethany Grimes
Your Horror Story by Sean Dillon! Sean Dillon
Zoom Movie with Subatomic Duck! Ari Newman


Developed in collaboration between Pam Victor and the “Improv Teachers’ Support & Collaboration Group” Facebook group, adapted by HUGE Theater.

  • You have the right to be and feel safe during performances, rehearsals, and classes.
  • You have the right to be treated respectfully.
  • You have the right to set boundaries regarding physical contact and subject matter that might trigger a negative emotional response. You have the right to dictate what kind of physical touch you will receive. 
  • You have the right to immediately step out of any scene, performance, rehearsal, or class in which you feel unsafe or uncomfortable. And you have the right to excuse yourself from any scene or exercise at any time without explanation.
  • You have the right to inform your teacher of anything you want them to know ahead of time, such as physical or emotional conditions that might make playing certain games difficult or uncomfortably challenging.
  • You have the right to speak to any teacher, House Manager, board member, or any other HUGE representative regarding behavior by any person that you feel infringes on your rights. You also have the right to file an anonymous report. 
  • If you are personally aware of any conduct that would have been a violation of your rights if directed toward you, you have the same right to report that conduct as if you were the target.
  • You have the right to define what feels fun and what feels comfortable (and uncomfortable) for you without judgment from others.
  • You have the right to turn down a suggestion you feel is demeaning.
  • You have the right to fail.
  • You have the right to be brilliant.
  • You have the right to love your work.

Exercising any of these rights will not adversely affect your ability to progress in classes, to be cast in or be booked for shows.

Whaaa? Fun online shows? YES!

Hi hi! So, we’re still in the midst of it all and missing everyone desperately. We wish our stage could be filled and our theater sold out, but alas, 2020. Anyway, maybe you’ve seen that we’ve recently put together a small bit of online content over on our YouTube Channel to keep HUGE in your hearts and your funny bones. And if you haven’t already seen some of the awesome new online shows happening, here’s a little rundown for your peepers:


It’s 9 O’Clock Somewhere: The Lounge-asaurus Rex MORNING SHOW!(at 11:59am)
(Wednesdays at 11:59a CDT Aug 19th – Sept 9th)

Whether you’re just rolling out of bed or eating lunch – 11:59am is technically morning and this is a MORNING SHOW. Join Lounge-asaurus Rex LIVE (virtually) for a stiff cup of improvised music and laughs. Savor in silence or you can be in the theater with Rex via Zoom (the link will be posted in the FB event and in the YouTube comments) to help inspire epic songs and crisp hot banter that goes great with pancakes – or a sandwich. Good times and deliciously over-the-top improv will (re)start your day RIGHT – It’s 9 O’Clock Somewhere! Wednesdays (hump day) at 11:59am.
Bed head encouraged. Pants optional.

(Fridays at 8p CDT through Aug 31st)

GROWN! is a musical adventure, exploring the pains of growing up. Hannah Wydeven improvises an entire 1-person musical about the trials and tribulations of become an adult.
Each week the show is improvised on camera, including every song. Hannah hears the song for the first time right in front of your very eyes!

Music provided by Austen Fisher. The show is filmed by Josh Kaplan and edited to remove transitions, but it is all done in one take and fully improvised from start to finish.

Join us LIVE on YouTube every Friday in August at 8 pm. Watching live is the best way, as you can comment along with other audience members as the show airs.

Blackout Founders & Friends
(Fridays at 930p CDT through Aug 31st)

It’s been nearly 4 years since the Founders of Blackout have produced a show and, well, a lot has happened since then. Trump took office, Game of Thrones delivered the worst series finale, we find ourselves in the middle of a global pandemic and after George Floyd was murdered by police, the world set on fire against white supremacy and police brutality. This show will celebrate some Black joy and some Black truth by bringing in different BIPOC guests each week from Minneapolis and beyond. We’ll have some open and honest discussions and then do some improv inspired by those talks. So buckle up, we have a lot to unpack. The Founders are John Gebretatose, Alsa Bruno, Andy Hilbrands, Joy Dolo and Kory Laquess Pullam

Join us LIVE on YouTube every Friday in August at 930 pm. Watching live is the best way, as you can comment along with other audience members as the show airs.

(Saturdays at 7p CDT through Sept 5th)

Weird, sweet, often funny: Veteran improv performers Butch Roy and Jen Scott, navigate two other people’s relationship in the most awkward way possible.


(Sundays at 6p CDT)

Through the miracle of Zoom, watch small scenes pop up as quickly as toast. Featuring a revolving cast of amazing local improvisors and special guests put together by Jill Bernard. You never know who is going to pop up!

And the return of CREATURE FEATURE! An all new, made for the internet version of one of our flagship shows.

We tasked 2019 Creature Feature Directors Anna Tobin and Brian Hodge-Rice to put a new spin on this old classic and we’re super excited to see what they’ve come up with for your online eyes. We’ve pulled together a great cast of some Creature Feature veterans as well as some folks new to the show, featuring Shoshana Daniels, Casey Haeg, Becky Hauser, Josh Kaplan, Sam Fathallah, Erin Kennedy, Matt Prindle, Maureen Tubbs, and Duck Washington.

Creature Feature is an improvised monster movie and this year it will scare your socks off via Zoom over on HUGE’s YouTube Channel Fridays at 8p CST this fall.


We hope you’ll join us for some or all of the fun over on HUGE’s YouTube channel. If you haven’t already become a subscriber, please do! Then you’ll always get show alerts because how do you even track time anymore? Donations are always welcome either to the artists directly (their Venmo/Paypal gets posted in the chats) and/or to HUGE at

And stay tuned as we continue to work through and adjust to the theater world as it is now. It’ll keep changing. But we’re here and we love you.

HUGE update, June 9, 2020

First and above all else, this has been an historic couple weeks of long-overdue reckoning on police brutality and racism in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, on top of a lousy couple months of COVID isolation. We hope that you and yours are as healthy and safe and engaged as you can be.

We recognize this likely is the last thing on everyone’s mind as we fight for social justice and survive a pandemic. But for anyone who might be wondering whether HUGE will start to reopen, per the Governor’s latest announcement that indoor entertainment venues can reopen at 25% capacity, the short answer is: not yet. We are also looking forward to that happening, promise. We miss it dearly. But a big part of safely reopening right now is making sure social distancing of 6 feet can be maintained, and we don’t feel we can assure that. We’re a cozy space. So we wait.

Thanks for bearing with us, as we eagerly await the right time to open our doors. In the meantime, we’ve got some exciting things cooking for the Twin Cities Improv Festival AND Black and Funny Improv Festival, so keep an eye on this space.


A brief statement from HUGE Theater

White supremacy caused this.
White silence caused this.
Police brutality caused this.
Not listening to BIPOC voices caused this.
Not making real changes when protests were peaceful caused this.
George Floyd is another in a long list of lives taken that caused this.

Like many of you, we are angry at the causes of this uprising – and we stand in support of those rising up to demand justice for George Floyd and for real reform and change in our city, in our police and in the systems that shelter and abide racism and injustice.

“Black Lives Matter” cannot just be a sign we put up in hopes that it saves our windows from being broken, it is something we need to stand behind and take steps to affirm so it shows in our daily actions.
We recognize that they are empty words unless and until we all make the importance of black lives a lived reality by dismantling the systems of white supremacy that oppress BIPOC in our city and nation.

We strive to be part of solution, and we join the rest of our community in rage and grief at this tragic injustice.

Samantha Pereira Scholars

Every semester, HUGE Theater names a Samantha Pereira Scholar to recognize a scholarship recipient of exceptional merit. Samantha Pereira was one of our teachers; also a performer, director and a beautiful person who passed away in December 2015.  She had a special interest in introducing improv to newcomers — we choose a Samantha Pereira Scholar who is just the sort of student and human she would have really cherished. Here is a list of the scholars to date:

Winter 2016 – Allison Dahlberg
Spring 2016 – William Sobolwski
Fall 2016 – Shauna Madison
Winter 2017 – Mawrgyn Roper
Spring 2017 – Jada Pulley
Fall 2017 – Mairead Koehler
Winter 2018 – Bahea Manasrajr
Spring 2018 – Eden Yosief
Fall 2018 – C Michael Menge
Winter 2019 – Tri M Vo
Spring 2019 – Kristin Thompson
Fall 2019 – Dorian Beal
Winter 2020 – Dolly Heart