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Conservatory Work Showcased at BRIEFS Festival 

Webster University alumni, students, and professors demonstrate creativity at the 5th annual BRIEFS: A Festival of Short LGBTQ Plays. Co-produced by That Uppity Theatre Company and Vital Voice, BRIEFS is a unique showcase in St. Louis that brings together numerous directors and theatrical artists to showcase the work of eight different playwrights all under one roof. BRIEFS presents theatrical work that address the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning people. Founded by Distinguished Webster Alumna Award recipient Joan Lipkin ’75, this year’s festival features the work of several Webster community members. Gad Guterman, assistant professor in the Conservatory of Theatre Arts, directs The Grind by Webster Conservatory student Max Friedman ’17, featuring Webster Conservatory students Jared Campbell ’17 and Kai Klose ’17. The festival also includes Webster Conservatory student Quinn Erb ’18 who will be working as one of the assistant stage managers. Friedman’s play was created through a Webster playwriting class taught by Webster professor Michael Erickson. “Michael Erickson was the one who actually pointed me in the direction of the BRIEFS Festival and encouraged me to apply," said Friedman. "The play is about whether or not dating apps are actually helping us form human connections that can last past a few messages and perhaps a first date.”

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Senior Design/Tech/SM's in New York

It's that time of year. The entire senior class is showing their work to industry professionals in New York. Pictured above are the senior designers, technicians, stage managers, and directors. The actors also had their moment in the spotlight.

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Photo of Barry ManilowBarry Manilow Speaks to Students

Conservatory faculty member, Seth Jackson (pictured above r.) has collaborated with Barry Manilow since 1999. When the pop icon had a show scheduled in St. Louis, Professor Jackson invited him to speak to the students. Mr. Manilow was an inspiration to those in attendance.