Mike Faist | Giving Back

Originally from Gahanna, Ohio, Mike graduated from high school and moved to New York City to pursue a career in theatre. Mike debuted on Broadway as Morris Delancey in Newsies and received a 2017 Grammy Award and Tony nomination for his role as Connor Murphy in Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen. Mike will be the first to tell you that though he has worked hard to hone his craft and sacrificed for his career, he has had many opportunities and resources that have been unavailable to many in his home state. His strong desire to change the lives of young people and give back to the place he calls home has culminated in the creation of this annual collaborative gathering of theatre artists and creatives, unique to Ohio and in partnership with Short North Stage. 


Ohio Artists Gathering: Summer Creative & Performing Arts Collaborative

A weeklong festival August 27th-31st, bringing together Ohio and New York theatre artists and creatives - playwrights, producers, directors, choreographers, and actors. This week-long gathering will include workshops and open-to-public rehearsals, inviting the greater Columbus and Ohio theatre communities into the process of creating new works for the stage, with new work presentations and talkbacks on the final day. Ohio artists and theatre lovers will experience first-hand the creative collaboration of native Columbus artists working at home, in New York, and beyond. Attendance can be fluid throughout the week to include artists, students and practitioners who attend one session or several, including open rehearsals and workshops. Audience members will be invited to experience the culminating presentations and talkbacks.


Tentative Schedule


Rehearsal Process Begins for Actors and Creatives

tuesday | wednesday | thursday

Daytime Rehearsals + Evening Workshop


Morning/Afternoon Open Rehearsals

Afternoon/Evening Presentations + Post-Presentation Q&A’s


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Festival Pass

Access to all Workshops, Presentations, Q&A’s and Open Rehearsals



Finale Pass

Access to Full Final Day, which includes the Presentations and Q&A’s



Workshop Pass

Access to a Single Workshop


Performance Call

Interested in applying for performance opportunities at the festival? Submit your headshots and resumes here.


Technical Call

Interested in applying for technical opportunities at the festival? Submit your resumes here.

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