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Mark Cuddy. Photo by John Schlia.

MARK CUDDY
Artistic Director

Mark Cuddy is in his 21st season as Artistic Director of Geva Theatre Center. He has led Geva through a renaissance of artistic and institutional growth with a diverse repertory, topflight artists, wide-reaching educational programs and a commitment to new play development. Mr. Cuddy is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Rochester Fringe Festival, and served on the Board of Directors of the only national service organization for non-profit theatres, Theatre Communications Group. From 2013 to 2015, he was the Producer and Chief Executive of The Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA. As a director, Mr. Cuddy is known for his productions of musicals, contemporary comedies and premieres: recent Geva productions include Clybourne Park, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, You Can’t Take it With You, A Christmas Carol (which he also adapted), Superior Donuts and Company.  Among his many other Geva credits are The Music Man, Sweeney Todd, Fences, Five Course Love, A Christmas Story and Pride and Prejudice (co-adapter), and the world premieres of Convenience (musical) by Gregg Coffin, Theophilus North by Matthew Burnett from Thornton Wilder (also at Arena Stage), Splitting Infinity by Jamie Pachino, Famous Orpheus by Oyamo (choreography by Garth Fagan), House and Garden by Alan Ayckbourn (East Coast premiere), and That Was Then (American premiere). Mr. Cuddy has also served as Artistic Director of Sacramento Theatre Company, Producing Director of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and on the directing staff of the Denver Center Theatre Company. Mr. Cuddy received the 2013 Performing Artist Award from the Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester. He received his B.A. in Theatre/Honors from the University of Massachusetts where he was a Commonwealth Scholar. He resides in Rochester with his wife, theatre and visual artist Christina Selian, who teaches sewing crafts to children in their Highland Park home. Their older son, Maximilian, is in the PhD program in the University of Illinois, Chicago Sociology Department. Their younger son, Augustus, is entering the theatre profession.

 

Christopher Mannelli. Photo by John Schlia.

CHRISTOPHER MANNELLI
Executive Director

Christopher Mannelli joins Geva from Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, a 41-year-old, Tony Award-winning institution dedicated to new plays and playwrights, where he has served as Managing Director. During his five-year tenure he led the reorganization of the institution and has been responsible for the strategic planning, fundraising and audience development initiatives that have created the theater’s new business model. Under his leadership, Mr. Mannelli has overseen numerous award-winning productions, increased contributed income, and launched innovative membership and audience engagement initiatives. Prior to his work with Victory Gardens, he served as Deputy Director at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, one of the largest nonprofit theatres in Chicago. He oversaw operations and helped to produce the theatre’s “World Stage” international programming, including Chicago Shakespeare’s first ever tour to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. Before moving to Chicago, Mr. Mannelli was the Managing Director for HotCity Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri. In this capacity, he was instrumental in the company’s financial and programmatic growth, which included educational outreach programs, new play initiatives and several collaborations with prominent arts organizations. He has served on the board of directors of the League of Chicago Theatres, as a steering committee member for Enrich Chicago (a group of arts organizations in Chicago working collectively to address racial equity), as a  board member for the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce and the community board of Emerald City Theatre. Mr. Mannelli grew up on Long Island and began his career as an actor and a musician, touring nationally and internationally. He holds a B.A. in opera performance from the SUNY Geneseo School of Performing Arts, an MFA in Arts Leadership from DePaul University, and an Executive Scholars Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

 

 

 

 

Executive Leadership

Mark Cuddy

Artistic Director

 Christopher Mannelli

 Executive Director

 

Staff Leadership

Skip Greer

Director of Education/Artist in Residence

Matthew Reinert

Director of Production

Jenni Werner

Literary Director/ Resident Dramaturg

 

Brent Murrill

Director of Development

Alana Sansone

Director of Finance and Operations

Kevin Sweeney

Director of Marketing

 

Departments

EDUCATION
Lara Bidus Rhyner

Associate Director of Education

Eric Evans

Education Associate

 
LITERARY
Jean Gordon Ryon

New Plays Coordinator

Becca Poccia

Production Management and Literary Assistant

 
ARTISTIC
Angela Giuseppetti

Assistant Company Management
 

 

 STAGE OPERATIONS
Carolyn Pike

Stage Operations Manager

 
COSTUMES
Amanda Doherty

Costume Shop Manager

Janice Ferger

Draper

Katherine McCarthy

First Hand

Carol Unrue

Stitcher

Karin Eckert

Wardrobe & Wig Supervisor

Jessica Pautler

Costume Craftsperson

 
LIGHTING & SOUND
Derek A. Madonia

Lighting Supervisor

Ian Hildreth

Sound Supervisor

Katie Everdyke

First Electrician/Board Operator

Matthew Reese

Electrician/Board Operator

 
PROPERTIES
Mark J. Bissonnette

Props Master

Butch Kane

Props Artisan

Hillarie Shockley

Properties/Swing Carpenter

 
SCENERY CONSTRUCTION
Erik Benson

Technical Director

Tom Wood

Master Carpenter

Mark Casey
William Quiles

Carpenters

 
SCENIC ART
Samantha Hoderlein

Scenic Charge Artist

Emily Holm

Assistant Scenic Charge Artist

 
STAGE MANAGEMENT
Frank Cavallo
Jenn Lyons
Jenny Daniels
Stephie Kesselring

Stage Managers

 

MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT
Dawn Kellogg

Communications Manager

Amanda Riekstins

Graphic Designer

Scott Falkowski

Manager of Donor Engagement and Special Events

Emily Hotaling

Grants & Communications Associate

 
Daniel Warren

Administration & Corporate Support Associate

 

Emily Rhone

Development Events Associate

 

AUDIENCE SERVICES
Timothy Intili

Director of Ticket Sales

John Hamolsky

Ticket Services Manager

Devone Scala

Shift Supervisor

Susie Johnson-Krause

Subscriptions Coordinator

Brooke Cole
Michal Harel
Zach Kenyon
Katherine Kuhn
Taylor Walders

Box Office Associates

Smart Marketing

Direct Sales

Tom Clark

Front of House Manager

Peter Allen

Assoc. Front of House Manager

Keri Culer
Tracy Migliore
Margaret Roumpapas

House Managers

Sarah Trine

Kitchen Supervisor

Nannette Falchi

Gift Shop Manager

John Meyer

Gift Shop Associate

 
FINANCE & OPERATIONS
Frank Del Vecchio

Associate Director of Finance

Jeff Jones

Facilities Manager

Heidi Schadt
Catherine Siniscalco

Administrative Assistants

Laurie Masood

Finance Volunteer

 

Officers

Ted Boucher, Chair
Terry Hartmann, Treasurer and Chair of Finance Committee
Stephanie Caffera, Secretary

Vice Presidents

Maggie Symington, Chair of Development Committee
Josh Stubbe, Co-Chair of Education/Summer Curtain Call Committee
Theresa Conroy, Co-Chair of Education/Summer Curtain Call Committee
Faheem Masood, At Large
Joanna Grosodonia*, At Large, Past Chair and Chair of Committee on Trustees

Trustees

Dennis Bassett

Peggy Boucher

Ted Boucher

Barbara H. Bruning

Stephanie M. Caffera

Betsy Carver

Musette Castle

Theresa A. Conroy

Suzanne Gouvernet

Richard Gray

Joanna Grosodonia*

Terry Hartmann

Robert A. Healy

Pamela Hines

Dawn F. Lipson

Faheem Masood

Richard P. Nangreave

Suzanne Nasipak-Chapman

Mike Ninnie

Wolfgang Pfizenmaier

Leonard Redon

Jean Gordon Ryon

Laura Sadowski

Kelly Shea

Sidney Sobel, M.D

Grace Soong

Malcolm Spaull

Josh Stubbe

Maggie Symington

Kim Tenreiro 

Samuel O. Tilton

Kathleen Whelehan

 

All Trustees are volunteers who generously give of their time, talent and resources to support locally produced professional theatre and arts education programs.
*Indicates Former Board Chair

Honorary Board

Helen H. Berkeley* 

Ted A. Boucher

William A. Buckingham

Barry B. Clements*

Sergio Esteban*

David L. Fiedler*

Ronald H. Fielding

Betsy Friedman*

Patrick Fulford*

A. Thomas Hildebrandt

David L. Hoffberg* 

Arthur M. Holtzman 

Maureen D. Holtzman

John F. Kraushaar*

Carol Love*

Peter Messner*

Michael B. Millard*

Emily Neece*

Nannette Nocon

David Perlman

The Honorable Elizabeth Pine

John C. Rasor*

Joseph R. Rulison*

Robert Saltzman

Paul Seidel

Paul L. Smith

Mary Kay Taber 

John Tyler Jr. 

Linda Cornell Weinstein*

Henry W. Williams, Jr.*

Deborah Wilson

*Indicates Former Board Chair

 

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