We're happy to announce John Faas Designs, LLC | Act II Costumes brand new location! Situated in the heart of Downtown Dayton's art district and night-life, John has opened his new costume shop and studio. Located at 24 N. Jefferson St., Suite 300, Dayton!
John Faas is the former Vice President - Development for The Human Race Theatre Company, while there he successfully raised nearly $1M in contributed revenue each season and securing the largest gift in the organization's history - $1M. Prior to The Human Race, John served as Director of Development for Muse Machine, and Development Manager for Victoria Theatre Association and Dayton Opera where he also served as an assistant stage manager for Dayton Opera.
John holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Wright State University. During his time at WSU, John acted in multiple productions including, Inherit the Wind, Parade (Coached by Jason Robert Brown), Pirates of Penzance, Carousel, The Philadelphia Story, Merrily We Roll Along, How Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, States of Independence (Directed by Tina Landau – director of current Broadway hit musical – SpongeBob SquarePants, and coached by Ricky Ian Gordon, resident composer of New York Lyric Opera), The White Rose and Arts Gala 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004. John frequently takes up the baton as a local musical theatre music director and pit conductor/musician.
John has played the piano for over 20 years and has been associated with over 20 local theatre productions. Professional career highlights include directing Zoot Theatre Company's first-ever musical-The Rocky Horror Puppet Show, playing keyboards for Avenue Q produced by The Human Race Theatre Company, conducting The Human Race's production of The Drowsy Chaperone at Victoria Theatre on the Broadway Series, assistant-conducting the regional premiere of Band Geeks! and music directing the Dayton Premiere of Spring Awakening produced by Encore Theatre Company. November 2014, John conducted and music directed The Human Race Theatre Company's production of the Broadway Classic - Mame.
As a costumer, John has sewn for over 20 years, privately. For the past 3 years, he has been building recreations of professional theatre costumes as an artistic outlet. John has costumed for Stebbins High School (briefly) while his husband was their theatre director. The crowning moment of John’s entire career was having the opportunity to meet his long-time idol, Jerry Herman (composer of Hello, Dolly, Mame, La Cage Aux Folles, Mack and Mabel, and many others) and legendary stage and screen actress, Carol Channing)
John Faas and the cast of Big Apple Follies at Chippewa High School in Doylestown, Ohio. A musical revue written, orchestrated, directed, conducted, and designed by John Faas at age 18 in May 2000.
Alex Everett a.k.a. Minnie Skirt of The Rubi Girls in his Tina Turner-esque dance costume by John Faas, June 2018.
My Fair Lady hat build.
The devil's in the details!
Each costume is custom made to fit any body shape, size, or height!