The 2018 Anti-Gala
A Benefit for The Haunted Basement

Saturday, April 7 – Squirrel Haus Arts
3450 Snelling Avenue – Minneapolis
8pm Doors



The Haunted Basement is seeking a creative and innovate director for the 2018 edition of its signature immersive horror performance art spectacle. Now in its twelfth year, and the second in its new home at 2010 E Hennepin, the company is seeking a visionary director with an all-encompassing eye towards creating a unified whole from a lot of moving parts; from assembling the cast to working with the designers and technicians to create an artistically amazing event. Candidates with backgrounds in horror, improv acting, performance art, large project collaboration, and immersive performance are encouraged to apply. Click HERE for a full job description.

Interested applicants are asked to submit résumé, cover letter, potential vision for the project, and references in PDF format to by March 19, 2018 at 11:59pm CST. Any questions may also be directed there.

The Haunted Basement is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool. Priority will be given to people of color, immigrants, women, members of the LGBTQIA community, differently-abled bodies.


The Haunted Basement rises from mid-winter hibernation to present a once-in-a-lifetime celebration titled “Party from the Blacklight Lagoon”.  The event will be held at Squirrel Haus Arts on Saturday, April 7 with tickets ranging from $15 for general admission tickets to $40 for exclusive VIP access.

This event is the organization’s third annual “anti-gala”, presented as a heartfelt celebration of the Haunted Basement’s community of artists, performers and supporters, carried out in the notoriously off-kilter style of the Haunted Basement. Expect the Unexpected!

Rest assured, however – the event is far lighter fare than the Haunted Basement’s typical horror fest. “Nobody has to worry about a monster hiding under the table or a ghoul stealing your cocktail,” assures board president Christopher Barton. “This is good kitschy fun with a dollop of weirdness here and there. It’s a great opportunity to support the Haunted Basement, and it’s also a great chance to simply have a fantastic time.”

This year’s anti-gala features a blacklight theme – a party that will literally glow in the dark. “We’re focusing more on bringing in a diverse roster of entertainers this year – the dream is to have indie bands, drag queens and avante garde performance artists all rubbing elbows on a glow-in-the-dark stage. What could be more fun than that?” Barton said.

In addition, VIP ticket holders will enjoy exclusive access to a special midnight performance by the Twin Cities’ premier Rocky Horror shadow cast, Transvestite Soup. This performance will be a special treat for veteran Rocky Horror die hards and casual fans alike, as audience participation will be encouraged as the performers camp it up in a UV-reactive tribute to the cult classic film.

All anti-gala guests can expect a wide array of delightful distractions, including glow-in-the-dark make-overs, fortune tellers, the silent-but-deadly “Violent Auction”, and much more, all against the backdrop of eclectic sounds ranging from lounge exotica to current-day dancefloor fillers.

Guests at this event will also have exclusive first dibs on tickets for this fall’s Haunted Basement experience, including premium “Blind Invocation” tickets. Those cursed with acute FOMO should take heed: this will be the only opportunity to purchase HB tickets in advance before the traditional August 1 onsale date.

The Haunted Basement’s Party from the Blacklight Lagoon fundraising anti-gala will take place at Squirrel Haus Arts on Saturday, April 7 with doors opening to the general public at 9:00 p.m. and continuing until 12:00 a.m, at which point VIP ticket holders will enjoy an exclusive performance by Transvestite Soup.

Tickets are on sale now at

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The Haunted Basement is an independent non-profit arts organization formed to merge artist-created environments with a diverse range of performance styles, resulting in interactive experiences with thematic focus on absurdist psychological horror. In addition to our popular annual haunt, we continue to develop original theatrical productions and educational opportunities, ranging from group workshops to individual training through peer guidance and mentorship.

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2010 E Hennepin Ave. Building 9
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Coming from south Minneapolis:
Take 35W north to exit 19 (Hennepin Ave)
Turn east on Hennepin for .5 miles.

Coming from up north:
Take 35W south to exit 23A (MN-280 South)
Take the Hennepin Ave/Larpenteur Ave exit
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Coming from Saint Paul
Take 94W to exit 236 for (MN-280 North)
Take the Larpenteur Ave exit
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