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The History of GIG


Founded in January, 2013 by Sid & Norma Homan, Much Ado About Doris (MAAD), the original name of GIG, became the house improv group of the Doris Bardon Community Cultural Center.


In January, 2013, Sid chose member Jeff Jurgens to be the first Director of the MAAD.


MAAD performed its first short and long form show near spring of 2013 at The Doris.


In 2017, MAAD officially changed it's name to the Gainesville Improv Guild (GIG).

Since its inception, the group has performed in over 50 shows, showcasing at such places as Acrosstown Repertoire Theater, The Actor's Warehouse, Satchels, Rockeys Dueling Piano Bar, The High Dive, 352Creates, the Matheson Museum, UF Women's Center, and The Doris. 

GIG has hosted multiple benefits for local organizations such as the Women's Center of UF, the House of Hope, the St. Francis House, Trilogy School, and World Children Resources.


GIG has also involved itself in the community by partnering with the Suwannee County club for future leaders.

On September 24th, 2022, GIG returned to the stage after a two-and-a-half year absence due to Covid. Performing at the Matheson Museum, 106 people were in attendance to help raise over $3,400 for the World Children Resources.

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