0The Tiny Funny Women Fest is January 7 and 8 at HUGE Theater located at 3037 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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Saturday January 7, 2017

  • 9:30 am to 10:00 am – Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 10:00 am to 1:00 pm – Ensemble work with your director: Jill Bernard, Lauren Anderson or Taj Ruler. (Open to Women)
  • 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Getting to Know You Potluck (Open to All)
  • 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Workshops with FairPlay or Ladyfriend (Open to All)
  • 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm – OMG: Before We Got Our Ladybits show (Coupon code for comp ticket)

Sunday January 8, 2017

  • 9:30 am to 10:00 am – Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 10:00 am to 1:00 pm – Ensemble work with your director: Jill Bernard, Lauren Anderson or Taj Ruler. (Open to Women)
  • 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Lunch TBD (Open to All)
  • 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Workshops with FairPlay or Ladyfriend (Open to All)
  • 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Call before Ensemble Showcase
  • 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Ensemble Showcase and Trailblazer Award (Open to All)

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Ensemble Directors

Jill Bernard

JIll HeadshotJill Bernard has been performing with ComedySportz-Twin Cities since 1993, and is a founding member of HUGE Theater in Uptown Minneapolis. Her one-woman improv piece, Drum Machine, has been featured in over forty improv festivals. She has taught and performed improv in Norway, Australia, Canada, Argentina, Peru, Italy, Germany and over thirty-five of the United States; and also on an episode of MTV “Made.” She is one-half of the duo SCRAM with Joe Bill of the Annoyance Theater. An Artistic Associate of the Chicago Improv Festival, she has studied at the Annoyance Theater, Improv Olympic, the Brave New Workshop and other organizations; and is the recipient of the 2005 Chicago Improv Festival Avery Schreiber Ambassador of Improv Award, and the 2007 Miami Improv Festival award for Best Solo Show.

Lauren Anderson

lauren HeadshotLauren Anderson is best known for her work at the Brave New Workshop.  She has appeared in Brett Favre’s Christmas Spectacular II: The Second Coming *Spilling Me Softly; or Once the Gulf Goes Black it Never Goes Back *Toyota! The Runaway Musical Hit! * How to Make Love Like a Minnesotan III: The Full Montevideo * Brett Favre’s Christmas Spectacular: The Immaculate Interception * The Brave New Workshop Saves the Planet; or Yes We Can, But Do We Have To? * How to Make Love Like a Minnesotan II: Love is in Bloomington * How to Make Love Like a Minnesotan: Sleepless in Shakopee * All I want for Christmas is 700 Billion Dollars: Our 50th Noel * The Lion, the Witch, and the War Hero; or Is McCain Able? * The Brave New Workshop at 50: Old Enough to Know Better * Stuck in the Manger With You; or Carol On, My Wayward Son * YouCube: This Company Loves Misery * And many others!  She is also a member of the improv groups Five Man Job and a cast member of Show X at HUGE Theater.

Taj Ruler

taj-ruler_6963headshot-533x800Taj Ruler is an actor, improviser, voice over artist, and teacher in the Twin Cities. She moved back from California after graduating from Pitzer College with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Performance and Media Studies. She has also studied at the Guthrie Theatre, the Brave New Workshop, and The London Dramatic Academy.

As an improvisational actor, Taj has worked at a number of improvisational theaters in the Twin Cities. She has additionally trained at The Groundlings in LA and Second City in Chicago. Taj was also the director of Without a Box, the improvisational theater company at her college. They performed innovative and experimental improv for college students 1-2 times a month. Her work and training as an improviser has allowed Taj to take more risks, grow as a scripted actor, and have a, “yes and” attitude in her every day life.

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Fairplay is a collective of Women-Trans-Femme improvisers in the Twin Cities that have come together to address issues related to sexism and equitable space in the TC improv community. Its leadership team includes women improvisers Hannah Wydeven, Gubby Kubik, Lizzie Gardner, Sarah Busch and Sophie Brossard.
Fairplay is very happy to propose a workshop that will focus on:
• Part I: How to check-in on each other’s personal boundaries and make sure everyone playing feels safe and respected? What can be done when you or someone else is in a scene where personal boundaries get crossed?
• Part II: Exploration of gender roles through intentional subversion and scene work.


Fun for Us: Yes and Yes and Yes

Ladyfriend sets the same goal before every performance: we’re going to make each other laugh! We believe that when we let go and enjoy our time on stage we are the most successful. In this workshop we will work on strengthening our awareness and recognizing fun, not only for ourselves, but for our scene partners and the audience as well. We’ll challenge each other with surprising gifts, focus in on hyper-listening and enjoy group agreement. Get up, get on stage and get excited; we’re going to laugh until our faces break.


Becky Wilkinson Hauser

Becky Wilkinson Hauser loves improv. She currently plays with Ladyfriend, Survivors of the Undead Plague, Manners and Misconduct: Improvised Jane Austen, Rated G, Nixon vs. Kennedy, Dallhaus and in her solo show, Solo/Ensemble at HUGE Theater. When she isn’t on stage, you can find her in the tech booth or teaching. She also loves speaking with a British accent, board games, mysteries and belting out songs alone in the car.

Jen Van Kaam

Jen van Kaam is an artist, improvisor, and photographer living in Minneapolis, Minn. A recent transplant from Orlando, Fla., Jen is currently freezing as she writes about herself in the third person. Most days, she can be found acting out on stage, shooting and editing marginally hilarious videos, watching science documentaries with her boo, or taking elaborate self-portraits for no reason. She also really likes ice cream, like, a lot.

Beth Gibbs

Beth K. Gibbs is Twin Cities improvisor, and currently performs with Ladyfriend, Neutrino Video Project and Survivors of the Undead Plague. She started studying improv in 2011, and has studied and performed on stage at HUGE Theater and Brave New Workshop. She produces and co-hosts Totes Recall, a podcast about movies and memories. Give her a donut and she will be your best friend forever.

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