Our History


It all started when…

Originally from Gahanna, Ohio, just northeast of the state’s capital, Mike Faist graduated from high school at the age of 17 and moved to New York City to pursue a career in theatre. He has appeared on Broadway as Morris Delancey in Newsies, as Connor Murphy in Dear Evan Hansen, for which he was nominated for a Tony as Best Featured Actor in a Musical, and most recently, as Riff in the upcoming remake of West Side Story. 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. Imagining thus, the Ohio Artists Gathering was born.

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 CAPA of Columbus. Originally in partnership with Short North Stage, the project will feature collaboration and mentorship with seasoned Broadway professionals, at no cost to participants. It fosters growth between the artists of our community with artists from around the country.