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CommFest reunites alumni for ‘A Starry Night’

Dozens of stars from the entertainment world and as many as 3,000 alumni and friends of the school gathered April 20 and 21, when the School of Communication at Northwestern University hosted CommFest 2018, the school’s most ambitious, high-wattage reunion gathering to date.

The weekend provided a rare opportunity for alumni to rediscover, reengage and reunite with the school they know and love.

CommFest culminated April 21 with “A Starry Night,” a variety show emceed by “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert (’86, honorary degree in ’11), which starred celebrated alumni working in film, television and the stage, performing alongside faculty artists and current students.

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"A Starry Night" performers

Stephen Colbert (C86)

Stephen Colbert (C86)

Sharif Atkins (C97)

Sharif Atkins (C97)

Paul Barrosse (C80)

Paul Barrosse (C80)

Craig Bierko (C86)

Craig Bierko (C86)

Stephanie D’Abruzzo (C93)

Stephanie D’Abruzzo (C93)

Nancy Dussault (BSM57)

Nancy Dussault (BSM57)*

Gregg Edelman (C80)

Gregg Edelman (C80)

Daniele Gaither (C93)

Daniele Gaither (C93)

Frank Galati

Frank Galati (C65, GC67, GC71)

Ana Gasteyer (C89)

Ana Gasteyer (C89)

Kathryn Hahn (C95)

Kathryn Hahn (C95)

Heather Headley (C97)

Heather Headley (C97)

Kyle Heffner (C79)

Kyle Heffner (C79)

Marg Helgenberger (C82)

Marg Helgenberger (C82)

Laura Innes (C79)

Laura Innes (C79)

Brian D’Arcy James (C90)

Brian D’Arcy James (C90)

Adam Kantor

Adam Kantor (C08)

Richard Kind (C78)

Richard Kind (C78)

Gary Kroeger (C81)

Gary Kroeger (C81)**

Harry Lennix (C86)

Harry Lennix (C86)

J.P. Manoux (C91)

J.P. Manoux (C91)

Stephanie March (C96)

Stephanie March (C96)

Seth Meyers (C96, H16)

Seth Meyers (C96, H16)

Dermot Mulroney (C85)

Dermot Mulroney (C85)

Dana Olsen (C80)

Dana Olsen (C80)

Tony Roberts (C61)

Tony Roberts (C61)

Kimberly Williams-Paisley (C93)

Kimberly Williams-Paisley (C93)

*Photo credit: Greg Hernandez
**Photo credit: Sakroeger

Student performer

Lucy Godinez (C18)

Lucy Godinez (C18)

Artistic staff

Don Weiner

Don Weiner (C79)
Executive producer

RAC Clark

RAC Clark (C78)
Executive producer

Dave Harding

Dave Harding (C78, MSJ79)
Co-executive producer

Peter Flynn

Peter Flynn (C87)
Stage director

Shelly Goldstein

Shelly Goldstein (C79)
Head writer

Doug Peck

Doug Peck (WCAS03)
Music director

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