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 — returning Summer 2020.  

 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: Our First Festival Summer 2018

In August of 2018, we held our first weeklong festival August 27th-31st, bringing together Ohio and New York theatre artists and creatives - playwrights, producers, directors, choreographers, and actors. The week-long gathering included open-to-public rehearsals, invited the greater Columbus and Ohio theatre communities into the process of creating new works for the stage, and had new work presentations and talkbacks on the final day. Ohio artists and theatre lovers experienced first-hand the creative collaboration of native Columbus artists working at home, in New York, and beyond. Attendance was fluid throughout the week to include artists, students and practitioners. Audience members were invited to experience the culminating presentations and talkbacks.

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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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