Tiny Funny Fest Ensembles
Saturday Jan 4th and Sunday Jan 5th, Cost: $50
This year there are two morning ensembles 10AM-1PM Saturday & Sunday (both days) and one afternoon ensemble 3PM-6PM (both days). All three ensembles are part of an 8PM Sunday performance. Morning ensembles will be directed by Alexis Camille (Blackout, Show X) and Joy Dolo (Blackout, Children’s Theater Company). The afternoon ensemble is directed by Taj Ruler (Brave New Workshop, Shrieking Harpies)

Play together for 6 wonderful hours with one director to build an ensemble, learn new skills, and dive into a fresh focus fueled by the group and what your instructor is most passionate about. Please do not register for the ensemble if you are a man.

Each ensemble performs at the festival showcase, 8pm Sunday, January 6th.

Tiny Funny Fest Workshops – choose one, both are Saturday January 4th, 4-7pm  $20 
“Mindfulness and Self-Compassion for the Improviser” with Ava Bird
Comfortable clothes, a water bottle, notebook, and pen are suggested for this workshop. In this workshop, we gently remind ourselves that YOU ARE ENOUGH. We will learn and practice mindfulness techniques as it applies to improvisational thinking, while appreciating ourselves in the moment. We will also apply awareness exercises to connect you to your environment and scene partner. We’ll explore and discuss self-compassion and self-empowerment’s application to performance. This workshop is open to all experience levels.

“Follow Your Fun & Know Your Rights: Where Joy & Self-advocacy Meet!” with C Michael Menge
We strive to have a free, fun environment that also is a safe place to play.  This workshop examines how to find the balance. C. Michael Menge (they/them) is a black and queer actor, improvisor, and theater teaching artist who highlights stories about people called unlovable or made invisible in the hopeful pursuit of radical joy. This past spring, C. Michael finished at St. Olaf College where they played roles from the titular character in Mother Courage and Her Children, to Marc Antony in Julius Caesar, Hermione Granger, Juliet, and more. Since then, C. Michael has had the honor of playing Jo March in Kate Hamill’s World premier adaptation of Little Women as well as Jessica in Hand to God, both at the Jungle Theater. City Pages pick for best actor of 2019, C.  Michael also played Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Black Ass Play with The Black Ensemble Players.



FairPlay MN Facilitated Discussion 4-6pm Sunday January 5th – FREE! 
FairPlay MN is hosting a facilitated discussion on community accountability. Everyone in attendance is invited to share their ideas around the work our theaters, performers, directors and teachers need to do to create and maintain safe spaces. We will discuss individual and community responsibility around sexual harassment, assault and violence. FairPlay MN will be facilitating this event, but all voices are welcome and encouraged. Within our conversation norms we ask participants to elevate the voices of womxn of color and queer and trans womxn in attendance.