2018 OAG Artists

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Mike Faist

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. At the Ohio Artist Gathering Mike will be leading The Big Table discussion as well as performing the one-man show, Cubicle Farm. Sign up to attend the discussion and purchase tickets to the performance here.


Photo Credit | Ry Pepper

Photo Credit | Ry Pepper

Asa Somers

Asa is a New York City-based writer and actor who grew up on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, and graduated from Yale University. His one-person play Cubicle Farm first enjoyed a developmental reading at Penn State University. Asa also wrote the book for the Duck Dynasty musical, which received a first-class production in Las Vegas, directed by Jeff Calhoun and produced by Dodger Theatricals and Tommy Mottola, as well as real-life murder musical Something as Big as This (book, music, and lyrics) and the play God Particle. He has several TV projects currently in development – the hour-long superhero series The SPECIALists, sci-fi series Arc, and the half-hour comedy House of Lords.

As an actor, Asa can currently be seen in the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen. Previous Broadway productions include Next to Normal, Grey Gardens, Taboo, Dance of the Vampires, and The Rocky Horror Show. Asa starred opposite Alice Ripley in the First National Tour of Next to Normal and played the title role in the original NYC and San Francisco productions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He starred in Dallas Theater Center's Fly by Night and in the off-Broadway musical Once Around the Sun. He has appeared in numerous TV shows, including Billions, Kimmy Schmidt, White Collar, Person of Interest, Elementary, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, Gossip Girl, Law & Order, and The Sopranos. Asa Somers' original work, Cubicle Farm, will be workshopped and performed at the Ohio Artist Gathering. Sign up to view rehearsals and purchase tickets here.


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York Walker

York is a playwright originally from Chicago, Illinois. His first and second full length plays, Summer Of ’63 and Of Dreams To Come, received workshops at the American Conservatory Theatre as a part of their new work initiative. Summer Of '63 was later selected for an Off-Broadway reading with The Actors Company Theater's New TACTics series. His one act play, Death To Cupid, was fully produced by Benefit Of The Doubt Theatre Company in the summer of 2012. York received his MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. York Walker's original work, Summer of '63, will be workshopped and performed at the Ohio Artist Gathering. Sign up to view rehearsals and purchase tickets here.