School of Communication to hold ‘CommFest’ with Stephen Colbert as host

Allie Goulding, Assistant Campus Editor

The School of Communication announced it will host “CommFest” from April 20 to 21, featuring performances, reunions and workshops with some of Northwestern’s Communication alumni.

The two-day festival will conclude with “A Starry Night” — a performance bringing together the school’s prominent alumni, faculty artists and student actors — hosted by Stephen Colbert (Communication ’86). The performance will take place in the new Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center.

According to the CommFest website, “A Starry Night” will highlight the contributions Communication alumni have made to the fields of comedy, musical theater, directing, writing and more.

The School of Communication announced that Brian d’Arcy James (Communication ’90) will be among the performers, and the website added that more performers will be announced soon.

Tickets to the festival include seating for “A Starry Night” and range from $100 for students to $1,500, the website says. Ticket purchases will raise money for the School of Communication.
Student films will be on display during the festival at the Block Museum of Art, and The Waa-Mu Show will also perform a preview of their 2018 show.

During the festival, Communication student groups, like The Waa-Mu Show, The Dolphin Show and Studio 22, will hold self-organized reunions. They will take place April 20 after a “big reunion party” open to all attendees, the CommFest website said.

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