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The Baltimore Improv Group presents 2017: A BIG Space Odyssey to make The BIG Theater the premier comedy venue in the region.
The Baltimore Improv Group presents 2017: A BIG Space Odyssey to make The BIG Theater the premier comedy venue in the region.
The Baltimore Improv Group presents 2017: A BIG Space Odyssey to make The BIG Theater the premier comedy venue in the region.
231 backers pledged $30,284 to help bring this project to life.

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Help Build The BIG Theater in Baltimore, MD

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Final Week + Stretch Goal!

We are in our final week of the Kickstarter campaign!

We now have a STRETCH GOAL of $35,000. Here is what we want to put the additional funds towards:

  • Creating a podcast studio for Baltimore Improv Group performers and the Baltimore comedy community 
  • Improving theater flooring (this was not accounted for in the initial budget)
  • Implementing storefront improvements including new lights and window panes (this was not accounted for in the initial budget)

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THANK YOU!!! Stay tuned for a backer-only party once we make all the upgrades to The BIG Theater.

Everyone likes to hang out with funny people, right? 

What if Baltimore had a home for hilarious, never-to-be-seen-again comedy? A place where you can be more than entertained; but where you can also become a part of a community. A place where any night of the week you can catch a show, play board and video games, sip a stimulating beverage, and, most of all, LAUGH! That's what Baltimore Improv Group (BIG) wants to give to our city. Won't you help us create it? 

Initial renderings of The BIG Theater
Initial renderings of The BIG Theater

We have already started the legwork, and The BIG Theater will have a soft opening on October 6th. We want to make the space top notch, and we are aiming to raise $25,000 to make it truly a world-class theater experience in Baltimore. Since BIG is a 501(c)3, all donations are tax-deductible.

Baltimore Improv Group was named by readers of The Baltimore City Paper as the best place to see comedy in Baltimore in 2017. We can't wait to become even more spectacular!

Why 1727 North Charles and Station North Arts District? 

We’ve found a fantastic place for our improv theater at 1727 North Charles Street in the center of Baltimore, but you can get lost in this place. Hello, hello hellooo hellloooooo! 

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We need your help to turn the space from a large echo chamber without the proper theater stuff to a top-notch performance space with lights, sound, a stage, classroom space, and lots of other cool things. 

BIG's Soft Opening Happens on October 6th!
BIG's Soft Opening Happens on October 6th!

We want people to think of The BIG Theater as a destination for date night, birthdays, or just a place to go when you need a laugh. We want a BIG sign so everyone can easily find us. We want so much visibility that the people who live in the county can’t ignore our presence. Also, we want to host birthday parties, special events, and comedy workshops. 

You can make all of this happen! The BIG Theater makes all of our dreams come true, and the Station North Arts & Entertainment District perfectly fits our needs. We are so in awe of the art-makers who have made Station North a destination for art, music, and theater -- The Charles Theater, Station North Arts Cafe, The Motor House, Joe Squared, The Wind-Up Space, and more.

Why Baltimore Improv Group?

Baltimore Improv Group currently serves as one of the largest arts education venues in the area outside of a university space. We teach improvisational comedy to adults and kids and everyone in-between. We teach improv classes to youth through the Young Audiences/Arts For Learning Maryland in the greater Baltimore area and throughout the state of Maryland. 

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BIG Instructors teach at an assembly
  • Baltimore City Paper readers named The Baltimore Improv Group as the best comedy outlet in 2017. 
  • BIG provided high-quality instruction to more than 500 adults, teens, and youth in the 2017 calendar year. 
  • In 2017, BIG entertained more than 6,000 patrons with 200+ performances from troupes and special projects
  • We have strong partnerships with Johns Hopkins, Coppin State, Loyola University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Towson University, and University of Maryland Baltimore County

Why the Name 'The BIG Theater?'

With the new space, we are going to call it The BIG Theater to pay homage to Baltimore Improv Group's name for the past 14 years. Part of this history is building community engagement with affordable arts programming in Baltimore since 2004. We look forward to expanding this mission in the years to come.  

The new theater will bring everything under one roof. We won’t just have classes and improv shows; we can hold special events, dance parties, burlesque, and other things that you will suggest. 

We’re most excited about making new friends in Station North and discovering the best ways to use our new space to connect high-quality comedy to the Baltimore area. 

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BIG performers smile for the camera!

Improv comedy has taken off like a rocket in the last few years. Baltimore Improv Group already serves as the place to see and perform the best improv comedy in the area. We want to look the part! 

What Are the Funding Priorities for the New Space?

For more information, review the materials list. The BIG Theater received a generous $10k donation from Alison and Fred Lohr. At this point, we need to raise $25,000 to reach all of our goals!

Risks and challenges

In building a new space, new and unexpected costs can emerge. We will use the project update page to communicate any changes or unexpected costs.

If we exceed $25,000, then any additional funding will go towards initiatives that build community engagement. We will be in touch with all backers after the campaign with a survey to vote on the initiative.

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    Blastoff!

    You're a star for backing Baltimore Improv Group's new home!

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    Sonnet or Haiku on Your Wall!

    Hallie Herz from Plan B or Conservatory member Patrick Hampton will write a sonnet or haiku on your Facebook wall and/or Twitter feed!

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    Stories in Space!

    Space is dark. So is the upcoming Stoop Storytelling Series next event. Give at this level, and get a ticket to the next Stoop event on Thursday, October 26th. Multiples are allowed, and increase the pricing for each ticket you want.

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    Stargazer!

    Receive a 10 ticket pass to all main stage, Conservatory, and Sunday shows at The BIG Theater!

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    Planetary!

    The powers of your gift will help Baltimore Improv Group reach new heights! You also receive the other award levels below this giving level.

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    Carry Us Into Space

    Do you love tote bags? This gift level includes a tote bag, free admission to BIG shows for a month, and a bumper sticker!

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    Moon Dweller!

    Who doesn't love the moon? Not only do you get a t-shirt designed by David Lustig, but you also get a 10 ticket pass to all main stage, Conservatory, and Sunday shows at The BIG Theater! You also receive the other award levels below this giving level.

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    • A 2017: A BIG Space Campaign t-shirt
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    Fashion in Space!

    Get a tote bag, t-shirt, and a pass to 10 free shows throughout the year!

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    Rockets!

    Help big rocket to greatness!

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    • A poster designed by David Lustig and signed by BIG members!
    • A bumper sticker + a thank you on BIG's website
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    Can You Hear Me, Major Tom?

    Jonathan Monrore and Marty McGuire from Hostel will feature YOU on an episode of We Have to Ask (wehavetoask.com), a half-hour improvised podcast where each episode is different and can be about nearly anything you like!

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    Starry Eyes!

    Want to get personalized improv tips from The BIG Theater hero Tavish Forsyth? Give at this level, and Tavish will record a personalized video with his top tips to improve your improv game. This level also includes a t-shirt, bumper sticker, website thank you, and a packet of 10 tickets to main stage shows.

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    • A packet for free admission tickets to 10 main stage shows.
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    Star Training!

    Get a video recording of improv tips from the instructors of your choice on the leadership team (Terry Withers, Michael Hartwell, or Mike Harris) or an instructor of your choice from http://www.bigimprov.org/instructors.html. You also get a t-shirt and bumper sticker. We will send a survey at the end of the campaign so you can pick your instructor!

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    Rocketship master!

    Sit in your own seat on the BIG rocketship! You also receive the other award levels below this giving level.

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    • Name a seat at The BIG Theater!
    • A packet for free admission tickets to 10 main stage shows.
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    Surprise a Friend

    Baltimore Improv Group members come up with a fun, lighthearted prank or surprise for a friend. This level is good for birthday parties, work events, or just as a general surprise.

    You also receive a t-shirt and 10 tickets to BIG mainstage shows. Also, you get to name a seat!

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    Toilets in Space!

    You can name a toilet stall inside one of the BIG bathrooms.

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    Space Star!

    Catapult The Baltimore Improv Theater into space and beyond! You also receive the other award levels below this giving level.

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    • See your name/company on signage in the lobby for 2017 and beyond
    • An annual pass to The BIG Theater mainstage shows
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    Rocket Leader!

    Go out to dinner with Terry Withers! Talk about anything related to improv, basketball, theater, and anything else at a dinner at Joe Squared. You also get one (1) choice of the $425 or $500 level awards.

    This award level also includes a t-shirt, poster, and naming a seat.

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    Superstar!

    Help train future improv superstars! You also receive the other award levels below this giving level.

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    • Name a classroom space at The Baltimore Theater!
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    Space Training!

    Receive two free BIG Adult classes as well as improv tips from an intstructor of your choice. This also includes a tote bag, t-shirt, and 10 passes to BIG shows.

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    Unscripted in Space!

    Want members of Unscripted to do a one-act performance at your house, or at a company event? This level also includes your personal or company name in the lobby + a seat in The BIG Theater!

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    • Name a seat at The BIG Theater!
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    Making Leaps in Space!

    You get two of the $1k+ gift levels of your choosing. As well as a t-shirt, poster, and your name on the front lobby signage.

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    Supernova!

    Make the space yours for an evening! You also receive the other award levels below this giving level.

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    • Receive event entertainment from BIG Performers of your choice
    • Rent out the theater for any night for your event.
    • Receive a personalized video thank you from BIG performers.
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Funding period

- (25 days)