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What Improv Group!?!? (W.I.G.)

About W.I.G.'s 2016-2017 Season

AC's What Improv Group?!?! (W.I.G.) began its on-stage journey February 2009. Over the past seven years, W.I.G. has been about creating and exploring its unique underground take on improv and storytelling. W.I.G. not only performs at Howard Community College (shows, workshops, and seminars), but also off-campus. Previous off-campus gigs have included the Baltimore Improv Festival, Red Branch Theatre Company, Columbia Festival of the Arts, and the Howard County Theatre Festival. Most notably, W.I.G. partnered with Steppenwolf West (Los Angeles) from day one, hosting three summer intensives featuring instructors Alexandra Billings, Eric Hunicutt and Susan G. Kramer.  This season, W.I.G. is pleased to continue its artistic partnerships with the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) and Howard Community College's Arts & Humanities Division.

W.I.G.’s 2016-2017 CAST:

Douglas Beatty, Jordan Colea, JP Desmond, Noelle Ford, Doug Goodin, Chania Hudson, Daniel Johnston, Thomas Matera, Emma McDonnell, Apryl Motley, Dana Panczenko, Lauren Tobiason, Lauren Blake Williams, Sierra Young

Directors: S.G. Kramer, Daniel Johnston
Stage Manager: Linwood Milan
Production Assistant & Board Operator: CJ Cameron

Underground Rooftop Coffee House
Underground Rooftop Coffee House

Presented by AC’s “What Improv Group?!?!” (W.I.G.), HCC’s Humanities Department & the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo)
Thursday, September 22, 2016
7:00 p.m.
RCF 400
Directed by S.G. Kramer, Daniel Johnston, in collaboration with Tara Hart
W.I.G.’s original, edgy take on improv responds to the powerful and evocative work of poets and prose writers, visual and performing artists – an original artistic collage like nothing you’ve ever seen. Parental Guidance Note: No one under 14 years of age admitted.

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What Improv Group?!?! (W.I.G.) The Return of Hallowscream
The Return of Hallowscream

Presented by AC’s “What Improv Group?!?!” (W.I.G.), HCC’s Humanities Department & the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo)
Friday, October 28, 2016
8:00 p.m.
Smith Theatre
Directed by S.G. Kramer, Daniel Johnston, in collaboration with Tara Hart
This Halloween season, nothing is off limits in W.I.G.'s spooky ode to everyone's favorite scary holiday. Parental Guidance Note: No one under 12 years of age admitted.

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Valentine Affair
W.I.G.’S Two-Show Valentine Affair: “Love Is…?” & “Love Synchs

Presented by AC’s “What Improv Group?!?!” (W.I.G.), HCC’s Humanities Department & the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) 
February 10 – 11, 2017
Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
RCF 400
Directed by S.G. Kramer, Daniel Johnston, in collaboration with Tara Hart
AC lights a match to this Valentine’s Day Season by offering TWO back-to-back improv shows: “LOVE IS…?” & “LOVE SYNCHS!” Absolutely something for everyone. Parental Guidance Note: No one under 14 years of age admitted.

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Improvaganza
IMPROVAGANZA – A Three-Night Improv Festival

March 30 – April 1, 2017
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Studio Theatre
Directed by S.G. Kramer, Daniel Johnston, in collaboration with Douglas Beatty
What Improv Group?!?! (W.I.G.) hosts Howard County’s first-ever Improv Festival featuring scads of outstanding improv groups from the Baltimore/DC Metro Area! Improv lovers will see a different show each night. Parental Guidance Note: No one under 14 years of age admitted.

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About the Directors: S.G. Kramer and Daniel Johnston
Inspired by so many wildly gifted artists, S.G. Kramer birthed W.I.G.'s truly unique style of improvisational storytelling over seven years ago. Kramer and Johnston have worked side by side on W.I.G.'s vision since its inception (Kramer as W.I.G.’s coach/director and Johnston as performer as well as co-director).  Together, along with countless stellar improv artists, they have created and cracked open the magic that is W.I.G.!

Tara Hart, Arts Collective's Creative Writing Coordinator, is the Co-Chair of HoCoPoLitSo's Board of Directors, is a professor and department chair of Humanities at Howard Community College. A winner of the Pushcart Prize for poetry, she helps students and alumni from HCC's creative writing courses as well as local writers affiliated with HoCoPoLitSo share their knowledge of memoir, short fiction, and poetry through their passionate practice of these arts.

About W.I.G.’s Partnerships

Howard County Poetry & Literature SocietyThe Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, known as HoCoPoLitSo (www.hocopolitso.org), is a community not-for-profit literary arts organization committed to cultivating appreciation for high-quality contemporary poetry and literature and celebrating culturally diverse literary heritages. As an HCC community-partner-in-residence, HoCoPoLitSo looks forward to supporting the emergence of new voices when the page meets the improv stage.

About HCC’s Arts Collective
Howard Community College's critically acclaimed Arts Collective engages performers, creatives, and audiences with innovative events that ignite our collective imaginations. For over two decades, Arts Collective has served as a creative cauldron, providing expert guidance and training to new and experienced artists in bringing vibrant life to diverse works on the stage; from the newly devised to the classics and all in between.  Arts Collective’s positive, collaborative, educational environment is open to everyone. Join us in creating new heights of learning and possibility. Ignite your imagination! View AC’s 22nd Season line-up here!  

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