IMPROVAGANZA – A 3-Night Improv Festival (with Master Classes)
Presented by "What Improv Group?!" (W.I.G.)
A 3-Night Improv Festival
with Master Classes!
SHOWS: MARCH 30, 31, & APRIL 1, 2017
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00pm
Studio Theatre - Troupe Line-Ups Below!
MASTER CLASSES: Saturday, April 1 - Details Below!
What Improv Group?!?! (W.I.G.) hosts Howard County’s FIRST-EVER Improv Festival featuring 12 outstanding improv groups from the Baltimore/DC/VA Metro Area on March 30, 31, and April 1, as well as 3 Master Classes on April 1! Each Improvaganza show will be unique! Improv lovers are in for the classic favorites to never-before-seen antics within a fabulous "cabaret" setting, complete with audience participation, free snacks, and $1 drinks (including $1 beers for folks 21+).
Ticket Info Here!
3 MASTER CLASSES - Saturday, April 1:
Improvaganza’s Improv Festival offers three daytime Master Classes led by some of the area’s most exciting improv gurus – Douglas Beatty, Daniel Johnston, S.G. Kramer, and Travish Forsyth. Cost: $10: Students -- $25 General (Includes a complementary ticket to 1 Improvaganza Show!) Registration online only - the Deadline is March 29!
THURSDAY, MARCH 30 at 8pm:
Fractal, Waiting For Steinberg, Dad Joke, Plan B, and W.I.G.
FRIDAY, MARCH 31 at 8pm:
The Comedy Pigs, Trampus, Door #3, and W.I.G.
SATURDAY, APRIL 1 at 8pm:
Charmsical, The Middle West, Penthouse Basements, Silversmith, and W.I.G.
Meet the Outstanding Improvaganza Troupes Featured HERE!
|$10 All Students with I.D., Seniors/Military/Groups|
$15 General Admission
-Parental guidance suggested. No one under 14 admitted.
-Seating is limited, reserve tickets now
|Group Pricing (6+): $10||Buy Group Tickets|
|Purchase the Improvaganza Festival Package|
(3 shows for $30)
|Buy the Festival Package|
IMPROV 101 (YES, AND... THEN SOME!) with Douglas Beatty
10:30am - 1:30pm, in the Horowitz Center's (HVPA) 110
A workshop that starts with the basics such as starting a scene, agreeing, and listening, etc. Participants will learn skills that will then be used in a series of fun short form games that put the basic skills into practice. No experience necessary.
Full Description, Instructor Bio & Registration Info Here!
IMPROV - W.I.G. STYLE with S. G. Kramer & Daniel Johnston
10:30am - 1:30pm, in the Horowitz Center's (HVPA) 115
This intermediate/ advanced workshop introduces AC's very own “What Improv Group?!” one-of-a-kind brand of improvisation. Participants learn all about W.I.G.’s original and ever-evolving principles, and of course, W.I.G.’s magical potion of short and long form improv!
Full Description, Instructor Bios & Registration Info Here!
ADVANCED IMPROV (OMG, DRAMA!) with Tavish Forsyth
2:30pm - 5:30pm, in the Horowitz Center's (HVPA) 115
An advanced workshop which will explore finding emotional truth and honesty in ourselves and in the worlds we create. Participants will be introduced to a variety of exercises and performance philosophies that may elevate their skills from playfully silly to profoundly hysterical.
Full Description, Instructor Bio & Registration Info Here!
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 - in collaboration with Douglas Beatty
Stage Manager: Linwood Milan
Production Assistant & Board Operator: CJ Cameron
About What Improv Group?!?! (W.I.G.)
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.
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.!
About W.I.G.’s Partnerships
The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, known as HoCoPoLitSo (www.hocopolitso.org), is a community not-for-profit literary arts organization committed to enlarging the audience for contemporary literature and the world literary heritage with live literary events with acclaimed writers. As an HCC community-partner-in-residence, HoCoPoLitSo looks forward to supporting the emergence of new voices when the page meets the improv stage. Tara Hart, 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, in collaboration with their new creative partners at W.I.G.
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!