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Underground Rooftop Coffee House

Underground Rooftop Coffee House

Presented by AC’s “What Improv Group?!?!” (W.I.G.) , HCC’s Creative Writers & Howard County Poetry and Literature Society in collaboration with HCC Visual and Performing Artists
Directed by S.G. Kramer, Daniel Johnston, in collaboration with Tara Hart

Thursday, September 22, 2016, at 7:00pm
Rouse Company Foundation, Student Services Building Room 400

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 – an original artistic collage like nothing you’ve ever seen.  Join us for an early evening of organized chaos at its best, complete with audience participation and a post-show discussion with the creatives.

Press Quote Re: W.I.G.’s previous Coffee House in September [2015]:
“Audiences enjoyed a sold-out show in a warm, coffee house setting complete with improv, storytelling, poetry, prose, live music, free treats and a gorgeous view. This event inaugurated a groundbreaking partnership with HCC’s creative writers and the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, HoCoPoLitSo.” – DC Metro Theater Arts

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.

MUSICIANS Featured: Steven Caballero, Christopher Sisson

WRITERS Featured: Nsikan Akpan, Michelle Kreiner, Sylvia Lee, Tim Singleton

PHOTOGRAPHY Featured: Amber Kettenhofen, Leta Dunham, Paul Goeth, Jim O’Connor

DANCERS Featured Prior to Show-Time: Arrive as early as 6:30pm to see their improvisational work on HCC's QUAD, Etc!:
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: Donna Jones, Emma K. McDonnell
Stage Management by: Linwood Milan
Production Assistance by: C.J. Cameron
Creative Assistance by: Lisa Yerrid

Tickets Prices: Includes Coffee & Treats!
$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
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Group Pricing (6+): $10Buy Tickets

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View W.I.G’s 2016-2017 Season Line-Up Here 

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

Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo)

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.

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.

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 Here! 

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