Baltimore Improv Group Hits its $25K Fundraising Mark for Theater Renovations

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“The Movement,” featuring Baltimore Improv Group and The Collective

The BIG Theater should be in tip-top shape very soon, thanks to a successful online fundraising campaign.

The Baltimore Improv Group, the city’s sole dedicated ad-lib comedy troupe, has exceeded its goal to raise $25,000 on Kickstarter to renovate its new space in Station North. The money will go toward building an entrance to Sofi’s Crepes next door, as well as new signage, technology upgrades, HVAC fixes, a liquor license, classroom space and more, according to an email from spokeswoman Kat Martineau.

An update on the Kickstarter page says one “generous backer” helped them get to where they wanted to be. One donor gave more than $2,000 for the campaign, and two gave more than $1,000.

The theater group moved into the vacant former Everyman Theatre space at 1727 N. Charles Street earlier this month, leaving behind its rented spot in the Single Carrot Theater in Remington after one year.

The building in Station North was in good enough shape to move in, but needed a lot of work to achieve dream status, including new seats, lighting, sound equipment and a wheelchair ramp, plus all of the above. Before the move, BIG had been holding its improv classes in a separate, rented space in the Bolton Street Synagogue on W. Cold Spring Lane.

“We are so pleased to have a home of our own that has room for both our performances and our education programs,” said board president Patrick Byrne in a statement.

BIG held its soft opening last weekend, performance its “Unscripted” show on Friday and “The Movement” with dance group The Collective on Saturday. Martineau said “many patrons” attended, making it a successful weekend.

With five days left in the campaign, the group has set its sights on a broader goal of raising $35,000 because, well, why not? That added $10,000 would be put toward new front windows facing N. Charles Street, a podcasting studio and new flooring for the theater.

The group will celebrate tomorrow night with the second annual “Impropourri,” bring-your-own-troupe-style comedy show.



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