IMPROV STUDENTS’ BILL OF RIGHTS
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.
HUGE Student Handbook last update Feb 2020
At HUGE Theater we are proud to treat all students as if we expect them to become professional improvisors. We’re glad you’re here.
Please be on time for class. If you miss more than three classes, you will not be able to continue on to the next level. We do not allow sitting in on a different class as a “make-up” — each group is having their own journey. Your teacher will let you know how they would like to be informed of absences.
The payment plan is not a “per class” charge, the whole tuition for the class due by the end of the session. Please make payments with the Desk Attendant before class. If you have trouble keeping up with your payment plan, please talk to Jill Bernard (email@example.com) or Cicely Laing (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can help.
Watching improv accelerates learning – come see shows for free! Active HUGE students can check in at the box office for free admission as available. There is a rush list if the show is close to selling out. There’s no way to reserve student tickets, so you’ll need to pay regular price if you want a reserved seat.
In case of inclement weather, an announcement will be made two hours before your class and posted on the 1) HUGE Student Facebook Group 2) HUGE Facebook Page and Twitter Feed 3) HUGE Blog. We will also send an email to all students.
SODA & WATER
If you would like to buy a soda or water during class, please put $3 in the jug on the box office counter. Cash only, please!
HUGE Student Handbook
PARKING & NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY
HUGE has a lot next to the building, and a second lot halfway down the alley. Don’t park next to Saigon Restaurant, they ♡ to tow! Bring valuables inside or in the trunk. After night classes, walk with a buddy.
OTHER IMPROV OPPORTUNITIES
HUGE is not pay-to-play, we don’t guarantee your training here will get you into a show. However, here are some places to play:
- Tuesday Drop In Class 5-6:30PM, $10 donation, at HUGE.
- Space Jam - every Thursday, sign up at 7PM, play at 8PM. We also host monthly jams for many groups. See hugetheater.com/jams
- www.tinyurl.com/welcomeimprov is a Twin Cities overview.
- Facebook groups “HUGE Theater Students!” and “Twin Cities Improv Treehouse” and performers.hugetheater.com
- Ask your classmates to form a practice group!
To read HUGE’s full policy, go to: http://tinyurl.com/HUGEpolicy
In summary, under no circumstances should you be expected to tolerate unwelcome sexual attention or advances from a teacher, fellow student, or anyone at HUGE, whether that happens inside or outside class, online, via text, or any other method. While there are limits to what we can help with outside the walls of our classrooms and theater, we ask you to advise us as situations arise so that we can address them to the best of our ability and identify patterns.
It is best if you communicate with your teacher or TA right away. Alternately, please contact:
- Jill Bernard, Director of Education, at email@example.com or Breanna, Program Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Anonymous feedback - http://www.hugetheater.com/contact
- Our whistleblower policy, in case an incident requires a person outside of HUGE Theater to investigate: http://www.hugetheater.com/blog/2015/03/30/whistleblower-policy
HUGE Student Handbook
All things are possible in improv, but some topics and behaviors are only appropriate for a team that rehearses regularly and has agreed to them. Because this is a safe learning environment, here are the rules:
- Please respect your classmates’ physical and content boundaries.
- Your teacher will immediately end scenes that they determine are on inappropriate topics. You can also stop scenes on these topics.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
HUGE Theater has a commitment to diversity, and we need your help. Please make our classes a place where all voices are heard. Take care of your classmates, give them space, make them feel welcome and safe. Improv is a group endeavor, we all shine together. To read about our Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, visit hugetheater.com/about-us/diversity
Improv is therapeutic but it is not therapy. This class is not a substitute for treatment from a mental health professional.
The box officers, ushers and desk attendants are all volunteers. Join their ranks and help HUGE! Email email@example.com
FEEDBACK & QUESTIONS
If you have any feedback or questions, please email the Director of Education, Jill Bernard (firstname.lastname@example.org) or anonymously at http://www.hugetheater.com/contact
Please do not hesitate to send questions, comments or complaints our way. We are so grateful you’re here.