Summer Creative & Performing Arts Collaborative

Presented By:

Mike Faist


In Partnership With:

Short North Stage


Introducing the bridge between New York City and Columbus theater — coming Summer 2018.  

 This one-week festival brings together New York City professional playwrights, producers, directors, choreographers, and actors with young Ohio theatre students, artists and creatives.

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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 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. Audience members will be invited to experience the culminating presentations and talkbacks.


Schedule of Events

tuesday August 28th

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM | Summer of '63 Open Rehearsal | Free Event | Sign up to attend

  • Meet the cast, director, and author York Walker after observing a portion of their workshop process.

Wednesday August 29th

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM | The Big Table | Free Event | Sign up to attend

  • Join us for a conversation with arts leaders of Central Ohio about the current status of theatre in Columbus and the potential for professional theatre and new works.

THursday August 30th

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM | Cubicle Farm Open Rehearsal | Free Event | Sign up to attend

  • Observe a portion of rehearsal and meet actor Mike Faist (Dear Evan Hansen, Newsies) and author Asa Somers (Dear Evan Hansen).

Friday August 31st

6:00 PM | Cubicle Farm Finale Presentation | Purchase tickets

8:00 PM | Summer of '63 Finale Presentation | Purchase tickets

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Both Finale presentations

Discount rate for both performances! On Friday, August 30th join us to see the finale presentation for these two new plays. Cubicle Farm at 6:00pm and Summer of '63 at 9:00pm.



Cubicle Farm FInale Presentation

On Friday, August 30th join us to see the finale presentation of Cubicle Farm at 6:00pm.



Summer of '63 FInale Presentation

On Friday, August 30th join us to see the finale presentation of Summer of '63 at 8:00pm.


New works Cubicle Farm by Asa Somers and Summer of '63 by York Walker will be workshopped and performed at the Ohio Artists Gathering. 

Asa Somers

Asa Somers

York Walker

York Walker

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