New Theatre Company The Q Collective to Explore Gender

Sean Michael, St. Louis actor and director, announces the launch of The Q Collective, a new professional theatre company producing theatre that explores gender and sexuality, and emphasizes the development of local playwrights and composers, in an atmosphere of respect and openness while also encouraging risk-taking and truth-telling.

Founder and artistic director Sean Michael launches this new venture with founding board members Ashley Netzhammer, DDare Bionic and Jordan Zeitler.

In its first venture, The Q Collective will produce “The Coming Out Play Festival,” six 15-minute short plays exploring the “coming out” experience, directed by three veteran St. Louis theatre artists: Carl Overly Jr., Sarah Holt and Taylor Gruenloh. Actors and playwrights for the festival will be announced Sept. 15.

Performances of The Coming Out Festival are Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 20 at 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.Tickets are $15 in advance through or $20 at the door. All performances are at The Monocle, 4510 Manchester Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110.

Visit The Q Collective at, and become part of the Collective on Facebook. To contact the staff, email

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