About BIG

Mission

The Baltimore Improv Group is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the art and appreciation of improvisational theatre in the greater-Baltimore community through a dynamic program of performance, instruction, and outreach.

Vision

Baltimore Improv Group will enhance the quality of, participation in, and appreciation for improvised theatre so that Baltimore is nationally known for nurturing and celebrating a community of improvisers and people who love improv.

Values

Education

BIG teaches all levels of technique in the craft and brings the unifying and confidence-building experience and principles of improv to benefit all participants.

Collaboration

BIG performs with a variety of disciplines to create collaborative projects that engage different communities and audiences.

Innovation

BIG pursues a broad range of exciting and innovative forms of improvised theatre and sets the highest standard of excellence in the art form.

Having Fun

BIG connects with its performers, students, and audience to share in the energy and spirit of having fun.

History

Baltimore Improv Group (BIG) is celebrating its 13th Season of bringing comedy to the Greater Baltimore area. We began in the traditional manner for Comedy theaters. In 2004, the Navy transferred Mike Subelsky from San Diego to Maryland, and after biking around town, putting up flyers, a robust 4 people became the first members of the Baltimore Improv Group. That old story. In the decade since, BIG has grown to 60 performers, and, since October 2016, we have been in residence at the Single Carrot Theatre in Remington.

Performance

BIG performs over 120 times per year in Baltimore City and the surrounding area. These performances include our regular mainstage shows, shows for organizations from Bank of America to Johns Hopkins, and for private clients from bachlorette parties to bar mitzvahs. Since 2007 BIG has hosted the annual Baltimore Improv Festival. In an average year, BIG performs for over 5000 people.

Education

BIG teaches Six sessions of Seven week Improv Classes for adults each year, as well as classes and workshops for kids and teens, and an Annual Improv Summer camp. We are in our third year as resident artists with Young Audiences of Maryland (YAMD). With YAMD, we perform in assemblies and teach residencies in schools across Maryland.

Corporate Training/Outreach

BIG offers a full Corporate Training program applying improv techniques to improve communication, collaboration and creativity for your business or organization. Our clients include The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Johns Hopkins Hospital and University, Legg Mason, and many others. BIG has also performed & taught workshops for numerous charitable organizations including the Childrens’ Inn at NIH, the World Trade Center Institute, Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program, Earl’s Place, & Business Volunteers United.

Contacts

Terry Withers, Managing Director  terry@bigimprov.org 

Mike Harris, Artistic Director  mikeharris@bigimprov.org

Michael Hartwell, Education Director: michael.hartwell@bigimprov.org