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Arts Collective Coffee House to Feature Visual, Written, Performing Arts Sept. 22

“What Improv Group?!”, HCC’s Humanities Department, and HoCoPoLitSo Partnership Continues in Rooftop Coffee House Atmosphere

Columbia, MD – Howard Community College Arts Collective (AC) kicks off its 22nd season with an “Underground Rooftop Coffee House,” a celebration of the visual, written, and performing arts on Thursday, September 22. This artistic collage is presented by ongoing and new partnerships among AC’s popular improv troupe, “What Improv Group?!” (W.I.G.), Howard Community College (HCC) Humanities Department, and the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo), as well as HCC visual and performing artists.

In this rooftop coffee house, W.I.G.’s ground-breaking, edgy take on improv responds to the powerful and evocative work of poets and prose writers, visual and performing artists, leading to an original artistic collage like nothing seen before, complete with audience participation and a post-show discussion with the creatives. The price of the ticket includes coffee and treats in a rooftop coffee house atmosphere. In addition, prior to the start of the show, HCC dancers will perform in the campus quad.

The performance takes place Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m. in the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall, Room 400, at HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland. The performance is approximately two hours, with one intermission.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students, seniors, faculty, staff and military. Due to the mature content, no one under the age of 14 years old will be admitted.

For tickets, visit or call 443-518-1500. The box office will also be open 90 minutes prior to each show time and Tuesday–Friday, 12–6 p.m.

PERFORMERS “What Improv Group?!” (in alphabetical order)

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


  • Steven Caballero
  • Christopher Sisson


  • Nsikan Akpan
  • Michelle Kreiner
  • Sylvia Lee
  • Tim Singleton


  • Amber Kettenhofen
  • Leta Dunham
  • Paul Goeth
  • Jim O’Connor


  • Heather Cramer
  • Kylie Giglio
  • Chelsea Nicole Green
  • Jeffrey Mensah
  • Paula Quinteros
  • Ada Satterfield
  • Lea Williams
  • Anja Young


  • Directed by: S.G. Kramer, Daniel Johnston
  • Creative Writing Coordination by: Tara Hart
  • Marketing Illustrations by: Emma K. McDonnell
  • Director of Dance: Chelsea Nicole Green
  • Visual Arts and Photography Coordination by: Donna Jones, Emma K. McDonnell
  • Stage Management by: Linwood Milan
  • Production Assistance by: C.J. Cameron

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!

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 Howard County Poetry and Literature Society

The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, known as HoCoPoLitSo (, 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.
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