Mike Faist

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Mike Faist
BornMichael D. Faist
(1992-01-05) January 5, 1992 (age 26)
Gahanna, Ohio, U.S.
Years active2012–present

Michael D. Faist (born January 5, 1992) is an American actor, best known for originating the role of Connor Murphy in the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen, a performance for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. Faist also originated the role of Morris Delancey in Disney's Newsies.

Early life[edit]

Faist was born and raised in Gahanna, Ohio and was adopted at birth.[1][2] His parents own their own real estate business; his birth mother is a pilot.[3] Faist graduated a year early from Gahanna Lincoln High School in 2009.[1][4] He left for New York soon after graduating and went to study at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy; he dropped out after two semesters in order to start auditioning for shows.[5]

Theatre credits[edit]

Year(s) Title Role Location Notes
2011 Newsies Morris Delancey Paper Mill Playhouse Regional
2012–2013 Nederlander Theatre Broadway
2014 Appropriate Rhys Thurston Pershing Square Signature Center Off-Broadway
2015 A Month in the Country Aleksei Belyaev Classic Stage Company Off-Broadway
Dear Evan Hansen Connor Murphy Arena Stage Washington, D.C.
2016 Second Stage Theater Off-Broadway
2016–2018 Music Box Theatre Broadway
2018 Days of Rage Spence Second Stage Theater Off-Broadway



Year Title Role Notes
2012 The Unspeakable Act Tony
2015 Yellow Skip Short film
2015 The Grief of Others Gordie Joiner
2016 Our Time Benny
2017 I Can I Will I Did Ben
2017 Active Adults Teenage Boy
2018 Wildling Lawrence


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Eye Candy Olsen Episode: "Unaired Original Pilot"
2017 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Glenn Lawrence Episode: "Complicated"
2018 Deception[6] Ben "Mekka" Evans Episode: "Masking"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
2017 Tony Awards Best Featured Actor in a Musical Dear Evan Hansen Nominated
Broadway.com Audience Awards Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical Nominated
Favorite Breakthrough Performance (Male) Won
2018 Grammy Awards Best Musical Theater Album Won
Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program "You Will Be Found" from Dear Evan Hansen on The Today Show Won


  1. ^ a b "Newsies the Musical: Gahanna native Mike Faist is having fun in his Broadway debut in the Disney hit". The Columbus Dispatch. August 27, 2012. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  2. ^ Fitzgibbon, Camila (November 17, 2017). "Montreal master class with Tony Award nominee Mike Faist set for November 27th". Montreal Theatre Hub. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  3. ^ Powers, Annie (March 31, 2017). "Discovery: Mike Faist". Interview. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  4. ^ Marsh, Ariana (May 24, 2017). "Hamilton's Jordan Fisher and Dear Evan Hansen's Mike Faist Talk Starting Out, Making Music, and Taking a Stance". Teen Vogue. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  5. ^ "Mike Faist Biography on BroadwayWorld.com". Broadway World. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  6. ^ Porter, Rick (March 27, 2018). "'NCIS: LA' and 'Bob's Burgers' adjust up, 'Instinct,' 'Simpsons' and 'Deception' down: Sunday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 27, 2018.

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