HCC's Arts Collective Presents Second Annual IMPROVAGANZA!

Howard Community College's Arts Collective presents its second annual improv festival, "IMPROVAGANZA!" The three-night event will take place at 8 p.m. on March 29-31, in the Studio Theatre, located within the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center.

Arts Collective's What Improv Group?! (W.I.G.) will host and perform each evening, along with a rotating lineup of outstanding improv troupes from the Baltimore-D.C. metro region, including 80-plus improv artists. Each "IMPROVAGANZA!" show features improv sets of classic favorites to never-before-seen antics, all held in a cabaret-style setting with audience participation, giveaways, improv jams, post-show Q & As, free snacks, and more.

All improv troupe performances start at 8 p.m. in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center's Studio Theatre, located at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland. The performances will last approximately two hours, with one intermission.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students, seniors, faculty, staff, and military. All three shows are available for the ticket price of $30. Ticket prices include snacks, with drinks available for $1.

For tickets and more information, visit www.howardcc.edu/artscollective/improvaganza 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.

Festival Schedule

Thursday, March 29 at 8 p.m.
Bandicoot: a new fanciful troupe, which relies heavily on game, physicality, spattered with absurdity.
Bad Karaoke Experience: an indie troupe from Baltimore performs full fairy tale improvised musicals.
Michele "Wojo" Wojciechowski: a stand-up comic, storyteller, and award-winning author.
W.I.G: a one-of-a-kind style of improv & storytelling. Seriously funny business.

Friday, March 30 at 8 p.m.:
Moonbot: a long form troupe that takes on specificity and darkness, rubbing all into a spit-shining high gloss.
Door #3: a D.C. troupe that creates memorable improvised musicals from a single audience suggestion.
Old City: a troupe chock full of compelling characters, scintillating scenes, and memorable moments.
Dad Joke: two dudes relay experiences of having families (or not), children (or not), and how it has changed their lives (or not).
W.I.G.: a one-of-a-kind style of improv and storytelling. Seriously funny business.

Saturday, March 31 at 8 p.m.:

Couch Money: inspired by audience suggestions, this troupe is one of D.C.'s top furniture-related comedy teams.
The Penthouse Basements: get ready to enjoy their short-form improv stylings.
Charmsical: musicals that you have never seen before and will not see again.
W.I.G.: a one-of-a-kind style of improv and storytelling. Seriously funny business.

W.I.G.'s 2018 Cast:
Nsikan Akpan, Gabrielle Amaro, Douglas Beatty, Makayla Beckles, Chania Hudson, Daniel Johnston, Emma McDonnell, Gavin Shown, Alex Stephanos, with Lauren Blake Williams

W.I.G. Creatives:
Directed by: S.G. Kramer, Daniel Johnston
Event Coordinator: Douglas Beatty
Emcees: Douglas Beatty, Daniel Johnston
Event Stylist: Sarah Zullo
Marketing Illustrations by: Emma K. McDonnell
Resident Photographer and Videographer: Bruce F. Press
Stage Management by: Lacy Hall
Production Assistant: Alex Stephanos

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.

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