BIG is hosting a series of LGBTQ+ shows to tell stories from LGBTQ+ performers and guests. The series created by our Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) community include new shows including: The Pride Show, Coming Out, and The High Tea at PRIDE Improv Jam.
We even have regular monthly shows to put queer individuals in the spotlight. The Peeps Show interviews gender minorities in art. Talented SGM performing artists will also take the stage at our monthly variety show Baltimore's Got Talent. The standup and improv showcase STAN-PROV invites LGBT stand-up comedians to our stage.
Here's the schedule for the month:
I asked Misty Letts to tell us more about the show Coming Out where performers will share real coming out stories about. Misty studies Improv comedy within the classrooms of Baltimore Improv Group’s comedy curriculum and performs regularly with independent comedy troupe “Sorry Not Sorry”.
“Coming out is an important milestone for any LGBTQ person. We will explore this milestone together.” Misty said. Outside of comedy, Misty is a musician and an advocate for bicycling as a way of life. “Through story telling and improv, we'll help you carry the weight, laugh into the void, and remind you that you're never alone! It gets better.”
Heather Moyer of Saturday night show GUS will be performing with The Pride Show with Queerprov. She tells us more about this unique comedy team that invites all of the LGBTQ+performers at BIG to explore unique points of view.
“The Queerprov shows are made up of a team of LGBTQ performers from the BIG community,” Heather said.
“The set will be inspired by stories & monologues from/about their lives -- all inspired by some inputs from the audience. It's sure to be a hilarious show covering all sorts of aspects about being a queer person in the world today. And since it's improv, we also know that all sorts of other fun topics will come up in the show, not just those related to LGBTQ folks and allies.”
Queerprov explores Baltimore Improv Group members identities as diverse, rotating ensembles who create scenes inspired by true stories LGBTQ community members share with the audience.
“We're very excited to perform during Pride month - it's an awesome chance to show off some of the very talented queer improvisers in the Baltimore improv community. And as a queer member of BIG, it's great to get an opportunity to perform other queer improvisers!”
Robyn Stegman who regularly performs on Tuesdays with Harold Night at BIG also produces a monthly improv meets variety show, Baltimore's Got Talent.
"Pride is a wonderful excuse to celebrate Baltimore's beautiful queer community," said Robyn. "The people were highlighting on stage this month not only represent the incredible talent but the diversity of LGBTQ experience. I think that's the exciting thing about all the shows were producing at BIG during Pride: from revealing stories of coming out to doing big performance art pieces celebrating sexuality, each will offer a unique lens in addition to the comedy we're known for."
Recap: The First Ever U-HAHA Improv Comedy Tour Truck Brings Theater to Baltimore City Neighborhoods
Kids can join in at the Baltimore Improv Group for a whole week of improvisational theater this summer at The BIG Theater! In our Improv Summer Camp for kids ages 8-12 years, they'll grow their talent as performers. And we're helping kids build confidence through speaking and listening skills.
Campers learn the basics of improv, including creating solid scene work and fun characters. Kids will also learn from different types of improv games.
Baltimore kids can see their self-confidence increase while exploring their own creativity and how group trust and teamwork make for amazing and hilarious theater. The camp concludes with kids starring in a special performance for family and friends!
We think it's a great way to keep kids learning during the summer while having fun with comedy and the performing arts!
In this five-day camp, kids learn how to build hilarious scenes through cooperation and imagination. They'll make friends just by playing goofy improv games through agreement and creativity. Kids can develop stage presence and find their own voice too.
There will be plenty of teamwork when students work in smaller groups focusing on specific, age-appropriate skills with some of Baltimore's best teachers.
Dates: Monday, July 22nd - Friday, July 26th
Times: 9:30am-3pm (includes 30-minute lunch break from 12-12:30pm; students are responsible for bringing their own lunch from home) + Culminating Performance on Friday, July 26th from 3-4pm
Location: The entirety of BIG's Summer Camp for Kids will take place at the BIG Theater, 1727 N. Charles St., Baltimore. No off-site events will be planned or allowed.
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