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Arts Collective Production History

Arts Collective – PRODUCTION HISTORY (1994 – Present)
2015 - 2016

*Underground Rooftop Coffee House, directed by S.G. Kramer, Daniel Johnston, in collaboration with Tara Hart; Love, Loss, and What I Wore, by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman, directed by S.G. Kramer, Darius McKeiver, Grace Anastasiadis; It’s A Wonderful W.I.G.! and A Valentine Fit for Queens, “What Improv Group?!?!” (W.I.G.) shows directed by S.G. Kramer, Daniel Johnston; House., written and directed by Daniel Johnston; *W.I.G.Nition: Actors and Writers Fire It Up, directed by S.G. Kramer, Daniel Johnston, in collaboration with Tara Hart; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Music/Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin, directed by Anthony Scimonelli

*Presented by AC’s What Improv Group?!?! (W.I.G.), HCC’s Humanities Department and the Howard Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo)

2014 – 2015Coffee House Under the StarsWhat Improv Group?!?! (W.I.G.) Hallow-Scream Improv Show, directed by S.G. Kramer, Daniel Johnston; It’s A Wonderful Life, by James W. Rodgers/directed by Anthony Scimonelli, Gareth Kelly; Arts Collective Dance Company (ACDC), directed by Joan Nicholas-Walker, Elizabeth Higgins; Eat the Runt, by Avery Crozier/directed by S.G. Kramer
2013 – 2014

What Improv Group?!?! (W.I.G.) 3-Show Season, directed by S.G. Kramer; Why Am I Not Famous? by Jason Downs/directed by S.G. Kramer; *These Shining Lives, by Melanie Marnich/directed by Brandon McCoy; Arts Collective Dance Company (ACDC), directed by Joan Nicholas-Walker; Ragtime – The Musical, Book by Terrence McNally, Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens/directed by David Gregory

*An Arts Collective/HCC’s Theater Program co-production

2012 – 2013What Improv Group?!?! (W.I.G.) 6-Show Season, directed by S.G. Kramer; A Christmas Carol, by Doris Baizley/directed by Jenny Male; Arts Collective Dance Company (ACDC), directed by Renée Brozic Barger; A Cabaret, directed by Grace Anastasiadis; Prelude to a Kiss, by Craig Lucas/directed by Darius McKeiver
2011 – 2012

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare/directed by Grace Anastasiadis; A Passion for Broadway (A Cabaret), directed by Grace Anastasiadis, Jenny Male; *Spring’s Awakening, by Frank Wedekind/directed by Michael Stebbins; What Improv Group?!?! (W.I.G.), directed by S.G. Kramer; Arts Collective Dance Company (ACDC), directed by Renée Brozic Barger; *Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration, directed by Jenny Male; Urinetown, Music, Lyrics and Book by Mark Hollmann, Greg Kotis/directed by Jenny Male; **Improv and Viewpoints Workshop, instructors: Alexandra Billings, S.G. Kramer

*Arts Collective/HCC’s Theater Program co-productions
**Arts Collective/Steppenwolf West partnership

2010 – 2011

On Broadway – A Musical Theatre Revue, directed by Jenny Male; What Improv Group?!?! (W.I.G.) 2-Show Season, directed by S.G. Kramer; *1001, by Jason Grote/directed by Kasi Campbell; *Student Playwright Showcase, directed by Lisa A. Wilde; Arts Collective Dance Company (ACDC), directed by Renée Brozic Barger; *Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration, directed by Lisa A. Wilde; Peter Pan, a J.M. Barrie adaptation by John Caird, Trevor Nunn/directed by S.G. Kramer; AC Workshops: Musical Theatre and Stage Combat, instructor: Jenny Male; The Audition Process, instructor: S.G. Kramer

*Arts Collective/HCC’s Theater Program co-productions

2009 – 2010

What Improv Group?!?! (W.I.G.) 8-Show Season, directed by S.G. Kramer; A Chorus Line, Book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante, Lyrics by Edward Kleban, Music by Marvin Hamlisch/directed by S.G. Kramer, Jenny Male; *tempODYSSEY, by Dan Dietz/directed by Kasi Campbell; Arts Collective Dance Company (ACDC) “Holding Change”, directed by Renée Brozic Barger; *Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration, directed by Lisa A. Wilde; Angels in America (Part I, Milliennium Approaches), by Tony Kushner/directed by S.G. Kramer; Readings: Angels in America (Part II, Perestroika), by Tony Kushner/directed by S.G. Kramer; **Improv and Viewpoints Workshop and Showcase, instructors: Alexandra Billings, Eric Hunicutt, S.G. Kramer

*Arts Collective/HCC’s Theater Program co-productions
**Arts Collective/Steppenwolf West partnership

2008 – 2009

Open Mic; A WelcomeScreams of DelightA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Music, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbard/directed by S.G. Kramer; *The Vagina Monologues, by Eve Ensler/directed by Natasha Staley; Anti-Valentine’s Day Open Mic, directed by S.G. Kramer; Arts Collective Dance Company (ACDC) “Voodoo Child”, directed by Renée Brozic Barger; What Improv Group?!?! (W.I.G.) 9-Show Season, directed by S.G. Kramer; Dracula, by John Godber and Jane Thornton/directed by S.G. Kramer, Darius McKeiver; AC Viewpoints Workshop, instructor: Alexandra Billings; **Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Peggy Yates, Bill Largess; ***Dido – The Opera, directed by Jim Bailey

*Arts Collective/HCC’s Student Life co-production
**Arts Collective’s Actor’s Studio Teen/Preteen productions
***Arts Collective/HCC’s Music Institute co-production

2007 – 2008

The Biz – A Musical Theatre Revue, directed by Jenny Male; The Foreigner, by Larry Shue/directed by S.G. Kramer; Arts Collective Dance Company (ACDC) “Sunshine in Blue”, directed by Renée Brozic Barger; The Child Behind the Curtain, AC’s original play, by Ashanti Cooper, Candace Cooper, S.G. Kramer, Emma McDonnell, Carol McNeely and the cast/directed by S.G. Kramer; *Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, and C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe directed by Peggy Yates, Ashanti Cooper; Bill Largess, Darius McKeiver

*Arts Collective’s Actor’s Studio Teen/Preteen productions

2006 – 2007

Premiere (AC’s Opening Event for the new Horowitz Center)You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, based on the comic strip by Charles M. Schultz, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, book by John Gordon/directed by S.G. Kramer; Ourspace, directed by Jenny Male; The Crucible, by Arthur Miller/directed by S.G. Kramer; ‘Yo Mama’s Cookin’ improv group season, directed by Jenny Male; *Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, directed by Peggy Yates, Ashanti Cooper; Bill Largess, Darius McKeiver; and a plethora of other showcases and workshops!

*Arts Collective’s Actor’s Studio Teen/Preteen productions

2005 – 2006

Letters to S.A.N.T.A., an Arts Collective original play by Ashanti Cooper, Candace Cooper, Michael Wood, Janelle Broderick, S.G. Kramer/directed by S.G. Kramer; Love Hurts, directed by Jenny Male; One-Act Play Reading Series: Stagolee, written by Terence Cooper/directed by Ashanti Cooper; The Left Hand of Justice, by Ernie Joselovitz/directed by William Stanley; No News is Good, by William Stanley/directed by Jenny Leopold; Martha’s Choice, by Rich Espey/directed by Janelle Broderick; Regrets Like Ours, by Brian McDermott/directed by Michael Wood; Hired Gun, by Mark Scharf/directed by Michael Avolio; Dead and Breakfast, by Casey Jones/directed by Michael Stebbins; Our Town, by Thornton Wilder/directed by S.G. Kramer; ‘Yo Mama’s Cookin’ improv group season, directed by Bruce Nelson, Jenny Male; *Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, directed by Grace Anastasiadis, Julia Tokarcik, Bill Largess, Jenny Male; and a plethora of other showcases and workshops!

*Arts Collective’s Actor’s Studio Teen/Preteen productions

2004 – 2005

Open Mic; A Christmas Carol, by Doris Baizley/directed by Jenny Male; A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams/directed by S.G. Kramer; ‘Yo Mama’s Cookin’ improv group season, directed by Bruce Nelson, Jenny Male; Play Reading Series: Kurt Raenard, Notary Public, by Daniel Duncan Gordon/directed by St. Johnn Blondell; Cow, by Peter Boyer/directed by Adam Grabau; Not in Service, by Susan Middaugh/directed by Donna Milliken; Rain, by Katy Newcomb/directed by James Knipple; Blowing Up Mountains and So Long, Sydney, by William Stanley/directed by Michael Avolio; Fall Teen Workshop Series, instructors Jenny Male, Peter Boyer; *The Hobbit, directed by Bill Largess, Jenny Male; and a plethora of other showcases and workshops!

*Arts Collective’s Actor’s Studio Teen/Preteen productions

2003 – 2004

Beyond Dick and Jane, an Arts Collective original play written by the cast/directed by S.G. Kramer; Noises Off, by Michael Frayn/directed by S.G. Kramer, Jenny Male; ‘Yo Mama’s Cookin’ improv group season, directed by Bruce Nelson, Jenny Male; Open Mic – fall and spring*Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Peggy Yates, Bill Largess, Bruce Nelson; and a plethora of other showcases and workshops!

*Arts Collective’s Actor’s Studio Teen/Preteen productions

2002 – 2003

Hellcab, by Will Kern/directed by S.G. Kramer; Cheesy Silly Talesan Arts Collective original play written by the cast/directed by S.G. Kramer; Picasso at the Lapin Agile, by Steve Martin/directed by Sarah Wiggin; Music Under the Moon‘Yo Mama’s Cookin’ improv group season, directed by Bruce Nelson, Jimi Kinstle; *Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, directed by Peggy Yates, Bill Largess, Bruce Nelson, Sarah Wiggin; and a plethora of other showcases and workshops!

*Arts Collective’s Actor’s Studio Teen/Preteen productions

2001 – 2002

Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare/directed by Mary Beth Wise; The Vagina Monologues, by Eve Ensler/directed by Denise Cumor; Pippin, book by Roger O. Hirson, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz/directed by S.G. Kramer; ‘Yo Mama’s Cookin’ improv group season, directed by Bruce Nelson; Touring Troupe Original Play Premiere – The Hum II, directed by S.G. Kramer; *Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, directed by Peggy Yates, Bill Largess, Bruce Nelson; and a plethora of other showcases and workshops!

*Arts Collective’s Actor’s Studio Teen/Preteen productions

2000 – 2001

The Elephant Man, by Bernard Pomerance/directed by S.G. Kramer; ‘Yo Mama’s Cookin’ improv group premiere, directed by Bruce Nelson, and Touring Troupe Original Play Premiere – The Hum, written by the cast/directed by S.G. Kramer; *Shakespeare’s The Tempest, directed by Peggy Yates, Bill Largess, Bruce Nelson; and a plethora of other showcases and workshops!

*Arts Collective’s Actor’s Studio Teen/Preteen productions

1999 – 2000

You Can’t Take It With You, by George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart/directed by S.G. Kramer; American Buffalo, by David Mamet/directed by S.G. Kramer; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, based on the comic strip by Charles M. Schultz, Music, Lyrics by Clark Gesner, Book by John Gordon/directed by S.G. Kramer; *Shakespeare’s As You Like It, directed by Peggy Yates, Bill Largess, Bruce Nelson; and a plethora of other showcases and workshops!

*Arts Collective’s Actor’s Studio Teen/Preteen productions

1998 – 1999

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare/directed by Bill Largess; Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck/directed by S.G. Kramer; Nobody In Particular, an original play by Matthew Roberts; *Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Peggy Yates, Bill Largess, Bruce Nelson; and a plethora of other showcases and workshops!

*Arts Collective’s Actor’s Studio Teen/Preteen productions

1997 – 1998Reckless, by Craig Lucas/directed by S.G. Kramer; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Music, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbard/directed by S.G. Kramer; and a plethora of other showcases and workshops!
1996 – 1997The Crucible, by Arthur Miller/directed by S.G. Kramer; The Butler Did It, by Tim Kelly/directed by S.G. Kramer; All in the Timing, by David Ives/directed by various HCC students and Arts Collective guest artists; and a plethora of other showcases and workshops!
1995 – 1996Play It Again, Sam, by Woody Allen/directed by S.G. Kramer; Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, by Ed Graczyk/directed by S.G. Kramer; and a plethora of other showcases and workshops!
1994 – 1995The American Dream, by Edward Albee/directed by S.G. Kramer; Deviant Behavior, by Gordon Porterfield/directed by S.G. Kramer; and a plethora of other showcases and workshops! 
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