Arts Collective @ HCC’s ‘Underground Rooftop Coffee House: Voices from the Edge’ on Thursday, September 10, 2015 AT 7 PM by Susan G. Kramer

Arts Collective’s “What Improv Group?!?!” partners with HCC’s Creative Writers and HoCoPoLitSo to fuse improv with powerful stories inspired by poets and writers


Howard Community College’s (HCC) Arts Collective (AC) kicks off its 21st  season by announcing its groundbreaking partnership among AC’s popular improv troupe, What Improv Group?!?! (W.I.G.), HCC’s Creative Writers and Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) with an UNDERGROUND ROOFTOP COFFEE HOUSE: VOICES FROM THE EDGE, on Thursday, September 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the college’s Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall (RCF 400).

These three forces will come together to fuse W.I.G.’s edgy take on improv with powerful and evocative stories inspired by poets and writers.  Raise your voice to the collective “primal scream” to celebrate the birth of AC’s 21st season and this exciting partnership, directed by Susan G. Kramer and Daniel Johnston in collaboration with Tara J. Hart.



Douglas Beatty, Noah Bird, Diego Esmolo, Doug Goodin, Daniel Johnston, Autumn Kramer, Terri Laurino, Scott Lichtor, Thomas Matera, Apryl Motley, Shannon Willing, Sierra Young,and a few surprise guests!



Post Show Conversation!
Meet the creatives and cast, share thoughts, ask questions, etc.! during a brief post-show chat directly following the Coffee House!



$15 for general admission, $10 for seniors, military and students with identification.
—–Coffee & Treats are included in the price of the ticket!
—–No one under 14 of age admitted.
—–Seating is limited; purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.
—–Tickets may be purchased through the Box Office at 443-518-1500 or online



—–Parking: West Garage is recommended.




Details for this event
 as well as AC’s 21st Season line-up:

About the Directors: S.G. Kramer and Daniel Johnston

Producing Artistic Director Sue Kramer and Daniel Johnston.
Producing Artistic Director Susan 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 six 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 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 AC’s “What Improv Group?!?!”


AC’s What Improv Group?!?! (W.I.G.) began its on-stage journey February, 2009. For the past 6-plus 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, seminars, etc.) they also appear off-campus. Previous off-campus gigs have included guest appearances and workshops via the Baltimore Improv Festival, Red Branch Theatre Company, Columbia Festival of the Arts, Howard County Theatre Festival, etc.! Most notably, W.I.G. partnered with Steppenwolf West (Los Angeles) from day one–hosting three summer intensives (in 2009, 2010, 2012) featuring instructors Alexandra Billings, Eric Hunicutt and Susan G. Kramer.  This season, W.I.G. is pleased to announce its new partnership with the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) and Howard Community College’s Creative Writers!


About W.I.G.’s New Partners


The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, known as HoCoPoLitSo, 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, and 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. Photo courtesy of Howard Community College.
Tara Hart. Photo courtesy of Howard Community College.

Tara Hart, Co-Chair of HoCoPoLitSo’s Board of Directors, is a professor and coordinator of Creative Writing and Fine Arts at Howard Community College. A winner of the Pushcart Prize for poetry, she helps students and alumni from HCC’s Creative Writing courses share their knowledge of memoir, short fiction, and poetry through their passionate practice of these arts in collaboration with their new creative partners of W.I.G.


About HCC’s Arts Collective

Howard Community College’s critically-acclaimed Arts Collective (AC) is a force to be reckoned with! AC is entirely committed to offering diverse, innovative, awe-inspiring works across all genres from the classics to the cutting edge, pushing the artistic boundaries inside theatre, original works, musical theatre and more!  Established in 1994, AC is known for being one of area’s most outstanding and creatively alive artistic organizations. AC continues its commitment to performers and audiences by offering stellar experiences inside the theatre. AC supports, nurtures, and fuses collaborative relationships between all artists with and without experience, from students to guest artists, on and off the stage. View AC’s 21st Season line-up.

Celebrate AC’s artistic bravery and unique learning environment, where anything and everything is possible!

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