The Arts Management and Entrepreneurship Program at Miami University unites artistic practice, foundational skills in arts management, and arts entrepreneurship to create artists and arts leaders for the 21st century.
What We Are All About
Miami University’s Arts Management and Entrepreneurship Program is proud to be working alongside Broadway in Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Arts Association as the community hosts the National Broadway Tour of Dear Evan Hansen. Our task is to destigmatize mental and behavioral health issues relating to the deeper thematic content of Dear Evan Hansen and to increase awareness of mental and behavioral health resources throughout the greater Cincinnati area. This website includes student created artwork as well as statistics and resources regarding mental and behavioral health.
About Dear Evan Hansen
StageAgent.com summarizes Dear Evan Hansen as the story of a young man with social anxiety disorder who so yearns to make a connection with his peers that he fabricates a relationship with a deceased student to become closer to the boy’s family. When a classmate commits suicide, shy Evan Hansen finds himself at the center of the tragedy and turmoil. In a misguided attempt to comfort the boy’s grieving family, Evan pretends that he was actually good friends with their son. He invents a fabricated email account to “prove” their friendship, and when a fake suicide note makes its way online, Evan finds himself the unintended face of a viral video about loneliness and friendship. As his social currency skyrockets, Evan is drawn deeper and deeper into the lie. His relationship with his actual mother wanes in comparison to that of his “shiny new family.” He finally lands the girl of his dreams, and most importantly--he’s no longer invisible. Eventually, Evan is forced to make a decision: Will he give himself over to the fantasy he’s created, or will he bite the bullet and risk losing everything he’s ever wanted?