Inaugural theater event, created by Gahanna native and Broadway star Mike Faist, connects Columbus to New York

Gahanna native and Broadway star Mike Faist (“Dear Evan Hansen,” “Newsies”) created this festival to foster creativity, to provide theater artists a chance to workshop new material and to provide an opportunity for Ohio- and New York City-based artists an opportunity to work together. And to offer it up to audiences here in Columbus. “It's just about making a safe space for artists to develop new work,” Faist said in a March interview with Alive. The inaugural festival features workshops for theater artists, open rehearsals and public performances.