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.