To Kill A Mockingbird | 2015-2016 Season

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To Kill A Mockingbird

Feb 16 – Mar 20

BUY
Adapted by Christopher Sergel
From the novel by Harper Lee
Directed by Mark Cuddy

Set in a small Alabama town during the Great Depression, Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning American masterpiece follows the journey of Jem and Scout Finch, whose father has been appointed to defend a black man framed for a crime he didn’t commit. As the trial progresses, the children witness racial injustice envelop their community, while their father seeks the truth with quiet integrity, courage and compassion.

2 hours, 25 minutes, with one intermission.
Appropriate for ages 12 and up.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Screening of the 1962 Academy Award-winning film, To Kill a Mockingbird, starring Gregory Peck. At the Dryden Theatre, Friday, February 12 at 8pm. Click here for more information.

Post-Show Talkbacks
Thursday, February 25 - "The Civil Rights Movement"
Thursday, March 3 - "The Criminal Justice System"
Thursday, March 10 - "Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee"

'Out at Geva' Night  Thursday Feb. 25th
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Patrons will need to mention 'Out at Geva' when reserving. Their name will then be included on a guest list for the free reception.

Sunday Salons - discuss the play with the cast after the show
February 28
March 13

Stage Door Project: To Kill a Mockingbird
Students from School of the Arts perform their Mockingbird on the Wilson Stage on March 15. Click here for tickets.

"Re-imagining To Kill a Mockingbird," Writers & Books, March 23
This  class is designed as a fun exercise to consider the “what-if’s” in To Kill A Mockingbird . What if Boo wasn’t the symbolic “Mockingbird” in the story? What if Tom Robinson wasn’t innocent either? Would Atticus still have been in a position to represent him? Gather and discuss this wonderful novel and Lee’s most recent work Go Set A Watchman.  Click here for more information.

 

ANDREW BEEL

Dill

ANDREW BEEL is excited to make his Geva Theatre debut.  Most recently, Andrew played James in James and the Giant Peach, Jr. at Barker Road Middle School.   Other notable roles include Rabbi in 13: The Musical with A Magical Journey Through Stages, Peter Pan in the Pittsford Summer Enrichment production of Shrek the Musical Jr., and Knuckles in Bugsy Malone Jr. at BRMS.  Andrew is thrilled to be working with the talented team at Geva.  He would like to thank his voice teacher, Kelly Jordan, his dance teacher, Amanda Spriggs, and his family for all of their support.

CARLIE CLARCQ

Teen Chorus

CARLIE CLARCQ is incredibly excited to be making her Geva Theatre Center debut in To Kill A Mockingbird! Favorite credits include Pride and Prejudice (Mrs Bennet), Annie (Tessie), Fame (Serena), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania). Carlie was also a part of Geva Summer Academy 2015. She’d like to thank her family and friends for all their support.

KHALIL COATES

Teen Chorus

KHALIL COATES attends the Ninth Grade Academy in Rush-Henrietta. He is a member of the chorus and the JV Swimming team.  In his free time, he enjoys reading, video games, and watching movies.  Past credits include the title role in Peter Pan and Sebastian in The Little Mermaid.  Khalil is so grateful for this experience with the Geva team!

NORA COLE

Calpurnia

NORA COLE is glad to return to Geva Theatre Center so soon after Katherine’s Colored Lieutenant and Voices of the Spirits in My Soul, plays based on her Kentucky family WWII and slave history respectively.   Ms. Cole will also be familiar to Geva audiences for her portrayal of Rheba in You Can’t Take it With You and Rose in Fences, numerous readings and has been a featured playwright in both the 2013 and 2014 Festival of New Theatre. Outstanding performance credits include Rinde Eckert’s two character chamber opera And God Created Great Whales (Obie Award, Drama League and Audelco Nominee) at the Culture Project (NYC) and other national and international venues. With director, George C. Wolfe, Ms. Cole’s credits include Caroline, or Change at the National Theatre in London; Jelly’s Last Jam on Broadway opposite Gregory Hines and the national tour opposite Maurice Hines; and On the Town on Broadway. Regional credits include On Golden Pond, Doubt, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Colored Museum, The Good Times Are Killing Me, Avenue X, I Have A Dream, Langston Hughes Ask Your Mama: 12’ Moods for Jazz with Hale Smith original score and WNYC’s Selected Shorts. Ms Cole’s first solo show, Olivia’s Opus, is an ode to adolescence. Voices was her second solo show (Audelco nominee.)  She performed 15+ years with Vinnette Carroll’s Urban Arts Corp (NYC) and repertory company (Ft. Lauderdale). Productions included Your Arms Too Short to Box with God (Broadway, National & European tours), the title role in Medea, Boogie Woogie Rumble of a Dream Deferred (Theatre of Renewal Award), When Hell Freezes Over I’ll Skate (Kennedy Center). Television credits include “The Cosby Mystery Movie,” “All My Children,” “Loving,” “Another World,” “Guiding Light,” as well as numerous commercials and voice-overs. Ms. Cole received her B.F.A. at the Goodman School of Drama at the Art Institute of Chicago.  She is the recipient of the Actors Theatre of Louisville Women in Music Award, Spencer Cherashore Fund Individual Artist Grant, Joseph Jefferson and Connecticut Critics Award  Nominee, a Hedgebrook alum, TCG/Fox Foundation Resident  Actor Fellow and a Torch Bearer for Black Theatre passed from composer, Micki Grant.

ALDEN DUSERICK

Scout Finch

ALDEN DUSERICK is honored to return to the Geva stage for this iconic role, where she has also played Want/Girl Cratchit and Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol.  Additional credits include the title role in Annie, Colin in The Secret Garden, Fiddler on the Roof, 101 Dalmatians, and more.  Feature films include Designated Father as well as several short films and commercials.  Thanks to Melissa Rain Anderson.  Thanks to Geva and Mark Cuddy for this amazing opportunity!

SAWYER DUSERICK

Dill

SAWYER DUSERICK is thrilled to return to Geva where he has been in A Christmas Carol, The Music Man, and several Geva Fielding Stage productions.  Other roles include Gavroche in Les Misérables, Walter Cunningham, Jr. in To Kill a Mockingbird – both at Bristol Valley Theatre; Oliver!, Merrily We Roll Along, HONK!, and more.  Sawyer has enjoyed filming several movies and commercials as well and enjoys ski racing, tennis, and his dog, Ruby.  Big thanks to Mark Cuddy and Geva!

ASHIRA FISCHER-WACHSPRESS

Teen Chorus

ASHIRA FISCHER-WACHSPRESS is a freshman Drama major at School of the Arts. She is very grateful for this wonderful opportunity! In her free time, she enjoys playing softball and soccer, reading, and tap dancing. Past credits include The Sound of Music (Brigitta), Alice in Wonderland (Alice), Annie (Annie), Leap of Faith (Jamie), and Bugsy Malone (Blousy). She would like to thank her family and the creative team at Geva for being so wonderful and supportive!

HARRY FRANKLIN

Jem Finch

HARRY FRANKLIN is thrilled to be performing at Geva!  Harry regularly performs at STAGES in the Auditorium Center and at school.  Favorite past shows include Tarzan (Professor Porter), 13 (Malcolm), Urinetown (McQueen), and junior versions of Legally Blonde (Kyle the UPS Guy), Into the Woods (Jack), and The Lion King (Timon).  Harry would like to thank Mark Cuddy for providing him with this amazing opportunity and his family, friends, teachers, and directors for their support.

SKIP GREER

Atticus Finch

SKIP GREER serves as Artist in Residence and Director of Education at Geva Theatre Center. For Geva he has acted in Clybourne Park (Russ/Dan), You Can’t Take It With You (Paul Sycamore), Superior Donuts (Arthur Przybyszewski),The Music Man (Mayor Shinn), Evie’s Waltz (Clay), Hamlet (Ghost, Player King), 1776 (John Hancock), House and Garden (Giles), Art (Serge), Twelve Angry Men (Juror #1), A Girl’s Life (Ken), Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (Alexander), The Illusion (Alcandre), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Sagot) and State of the Union (Spike McManus). Directing credits at Geva include Last Gas; On Golden Pond; Over the Tavern; Almost, Maine;  the world premiere of The House in Hydesville; American Buffalo; the world premiere of Key West; Death of a Salesman; Lobby Hero; Below the Belt; The Weir; Women Who Steal; Beast on the Moon; The Triumph of Love and Geometric Digression of the Species (for the 2000 Fielding Nextstage opening). Regional credits include seven seasons in the resident acting company of Sacramento Theatre Company, San Jose Repertory Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival and Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts. Film and TV credits include “Bloodhounds,” “LA Law,” and “VR5.” Mr. Greer has toured Europe, Africa, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia and the Cook Islands teaching and performing.

 

MUNSON HICKS

Sheriff Heck Tate

MUNSON HICKS is happy to return to Rochester, having previously appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, My Fair Lady, 1776, Twelve Angry Men, Death of a Salesman and Our Town. Broadway credits include twelve shows, most recently August: Osage County. Off-Broadway credits include at least 20 shows. Regional theatre credits are too numerous to mention, most recently the world premiere of Winnie Holzman’s new play, Choice, at the Huntington Theatre in Boston. Television and movies include the usual number of “Law & Orders,” as well as other TV series and a number of movies. He lives in Vermont with his wife, two dogs, and five chickens.

ELLEN HORST

Mrs. Dubose

ELLEN HORST has performed throughout the U.S., Canada and London’s West End and is thrilled to be making her debut at Geva Theatre Center.  Buffalo credits include Sr. Aloysius in Doubt, Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman, Aunt Kate in James Joyce’s The Dead, Sr. Clarissa in Over the Tavern, Clara in Miracle on South Division Street, Costanza in Enchanted April, Secretary in Imagining Madoff, Bessie in Awake and Sing! (Artie Award for Outstanding Actress) and Gertie in 33 Variations.  Regional favorites include My Fair Lady with Atlanta Theatre of the Stars (Mrs. Pearce), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Big Mama), Hal Prince’s Show Boat (Landlady/Parthy: Toronto, Broadway National Tour, West End), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett), Cabaret (Fraulein Schneider), Fiddler On The Roof (Golde), The Sound Of Music (Mother Abbess), Our Town (Mrs. Gibbs), and three seasons with the Stratford Festival in Canada. On television, she has appeared on “Law & Order: SVU” and “CI,” “The Campbells,” and the series of “Friday the Thirteenth.” Ms. Horst is a proud member of Actors Equity.

NICHOLAS FORD KINNEY

Jem Finch

NICHOLAS FORD KINNEY is thrilled to be part of Geva’s To Kill a Mockingbird. He has been acting, singing and dancing on stage since age five, with some of his more recent roles including Kurt in The Sound of Music, The Cat In The Hat  in Se​u​ssical!, Mysterious Man in Into the Woods, Evan Goldman in 13 the Musical. A ninth grader at Pittsford Sutherland High School, Nicholas is an avid cellist as a member of Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra, as well as being a sax player and Boy Scout leader.  Nicholas would like to thank all of his friends and family that came to see him in this production and Geva Theatre Center for giving him this wonderful opportunity!

SALLIE KOENIG

Mayella Ewell

SALLIE KOENIG is delighted to be making her debut at Geva Theatre Center. As a theatre major at the College at Brockport, she has recently appeared as Selina in Loose Ends and as Eileen in The Cripple of Inishmaan. She directed the world premiere of Reston by L. Robert Westeen for Brockport’s Festival of Ten IX. She also studies journalism and works as a freelance writer for businesses and nonprofits around the country. Ms. Koenig wishes to thank her husband, Steven, for his constant love and support, and her cats for all the cuddles.

BRIGITT MARKUSFELD

Jean Louise Finch

BRIGITT MARKUSFELD returns to the Geva Theatre Center stage after most recently appearing in Stranded on Earth, You Can’t Take It With You, Over the Tavern and one of her favorite roles as Miss Shields/Witch in A Christmas Story. Other Geva credits include Our Town, Smell of the Kill, House and Garden, The Wier, Stop Kiss, The Triumph of Love, A Girl’s Life, The Illusion, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and The Comedy of Errors. Regional credits include Richard III and Rumors with the Sacramento Theatre Company, I Remember Mama at A.C.T., On the Verge at Marin Theatre Company, The Tempest and The Comedy of Errors at the Valley Shakespeare Festival, Way of the World and Blood Wedding at A Noise Within and The Taming of the Shrew and Country Wife at the Grove Shakespeare Festival. Ms. Markusfeld has also appeared in television and radio commercials. TV credits include “Picket Fences,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Tour of Duty,” and “Second Chances.” Ms. Markusfeld received her training at the American Conservatory of Theatre in San Francisco.

RILEY McGEARY

Teen Chorus

RILEY McGEARY is a sophomore at Pittsford Mendon High School and is excited to be a part of To Kill a Mockingbird. Riley is a Geva Summer Academy Alumni (Musical Theatre & Shakespeare). She has previously done shows with RAPA, Rochester Children’s Theatre, A Magical Journey Thru Stages and just played the role of Enid Hoopes in her school’s production of Legally Blonde. Riley is a member of the Roc City Singers, regional show choir. As one of Ben Cameron’s Rising Stars, she performed at the Laurie Beachman Theatre in NYC. Riley studies voice with Judith Ranaletta and acting with Ralph Meranto. 

PHILIP MILLIGAN

Teen Chorus

PHILIP MILLIGAN is thrilled to be making his Geva Theatre Center debut! Philip is an unschooled student from Perinton and a 2014 alum of the Geva Theatre Summer Academy. Most recently he has be on stage as the Baker in Our Lady of Mercy’s production of Into the Woods, Big Deal in West Side Story at RAPA and Stanley in Brighton Beach Memoirs through the Young Open and Honest Players. When he is not performing, Philip can be found singing and dancing his heart out in Roc City Singers or teaching Taekwondo at Master Kim’s Taekwondo Institute in Penfield. He would like to thank his loving and supportive family, Master Kim, Judith Ranaletta, and the amazing cast and crew of To Kill a Mockingbird.

EMMA MORRISON

Teen Chorus

EMMA MORRISON is thrilled to be performing on the Wilson Stage after participating in Geva Theatre Center’s Summer Academy program. Some favorite past roles include Deanie Loomis in Splendor in the Grass, Stage Manager in Our Town, and Wendy in Peter Pan, Jr. Emma can be seen in the upcoming independent films: Message in a Bottle – 2015 (Emily) and S.T.A.R. (Katie).

ERIN MUELLER

Scout Finch

ERIN MUELLER is thrilled to be returning to Geva Theatre Center for her seventh show.  Previous roles at Geva include five seasons of A Christmas Carol (as Fan this past Christmas, Girl Cratchit in 2014 and three years as Tiny Tim.)  She also played Peaseblossom in Geva’s 2011 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.   Erin plays volleyball for VolleyFX U12 club and is an honorary member of the Webster Schroeder Varsity Volleyball team.  She is nine years old and is in fourth grade at State Road School in Webster.  Erin is grateful to her siblings, Johnathan, Kyle and Megan who introduced her to the Geva experience and to her sisters, Lauren, Emily and Allie for their constant support and patience.

LORENZO SHAWN PARNELL

Tom Robinson

LORENZO SHAWN PARNELL is making his debut performance with Geva Theatre Center. He was most recently seen in Violet (Flick) at Blackfriars Theatre, Singin’ in the Rain (Production Tenor) at Lancaster Opera House, and Guy and Dolls (Nicely-Nicely Johnson) in concert at the Rockerfeller Arts Center. He currently works as the lead vocalist in Twilight Entertainment. He will also be in JCC’s CenterStage production of Ain’t Misbehavin later this spring. He has a B.A. from SUNY Fredonia. Lorenzo would like to thank the School of the Arts faculty for being constant mentors, and his friends and family for all their support they have shown through his theatre endeavors.

ISA REESE

Teen Chorus

ISA REESE is lucky to say that this show is her eighth onstage performance. She has been in other productions such as The Music Man, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Hairspray, and even Geva Summer academy’s production of “Welcome to the Renaissance”. Doing this performance had been an amazing and unforgettable experience. To explore such a beautiful and timeless story has been wonderful.

SEAN PATRICK REILLY

Mr. Gilmer/Boo Radley

SEAN PATRICK REILLY returns to Geva having played Mike in Good People, Father Flynn in Doubt and Teach in American Buffalo. Broadway credits include Martin McDonough’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Tracy Letts’ Superior Donuts. Off-Broadway credits include Signature Theatre, The Atlantic Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep., Second Stage, HERE, and The Public Theatre, among many. Recent regional credits include Salieri in Amadeus (Theatre Squared), Roma in Glengarry Glen Ross (Alley Theatre), Curley in Of Mice And Men (Westport Playhouse), Bill Wilson in Bill W. and Dr. Bob (Cleveland Play House) and Louis in The Front Page (Williamstown Theatre Festival) as well as work at Trinity Rep., Dallas Theatre Center, Penguin Rep., Shadowland Theatre, Berkshire Playwrights, Edinburgh Festival and Royal Shakespeare Company.  Numerous film and television roles in Sleepers, Following Bliss, Howl, I Believe in America, and A Wife Alone (shot in Rochester); “Blue Bloods,” “The Black Donnellys,” “Damages,” and four seasons on “Law & Order.” He studied acting with Sanford Meisner, Robert Lewis, Stella Adler and Uta Hagen. He is a graduate of The Practical Aesthetics Workshop (with David Mamet and William H. Macy at the Atlantic), The Neighborhood Playhouse and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

ROBERT RUTLAND

Walter Cunningham/Judge Taylor

ROBERT RUTLAND was most recently seen at Geva Theatre Center in The Odd Couple; also A Midsummer Night’s Dream, You Can’t Take It With You, Amadeus, Pride And Prejudice, Inherit The Wind, and more, including the production of To Kill A Mockingbird done here 20 years ago. Mr. Rutland served seven years as Education Director and Actor-in-Residence at Buffalo’s Studio Arena Theatre, where he performed in How I Learned to Drive, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, City of Light, The Mystery of Irma Vep, While We Were Bowling and more. Last summer, Mr. Rutland performed The Gin Game at Nantucket’s White Heron Theatre, with friend and Geva favorite, Peggy Cosgrave.

REMI SANDRI

Mr. Radley/Bob Ewell

REMI SANDRI is thrilled to be back at Geva Theatre Center for To Kill a Mockingbird. His previous shows here include A Christmas Carol, Wait Until Dark, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, My Fair Lady, Twelve Angry Men, The Importance of Being Earnest, House and Garden, A Chorus Line, Camelot, 1776 and A Christmas Story, among others. Mr. Sandri has worked at theatres throughout the country. His most recent work includes Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Clybourne Park at Cleveland Play House, 1776 at Cape Cod Playhouse, Abigail’s Party at San Francisco Playhouse, Clybourne Park for Barrington Stage Company, Dorset Theatre Festival and workshopping Rajiv Joseph’s newest play. TV Credits include “Law & Order,” “Conviction” and “Deadline.”

DAVID SHAKES

Reverend Sykes

DAVID SHAKES returns to the Geva Theatre Center’s Wilson Stage where he last performed in the theatre’s 2010 production of Two Trains Running, 1986 groundbreaking production of Fences, Slow Drag in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, A Raisin in the Sun, and Member of the Wedding. Mr. Shakes was one of the founding members of the Spirit House Movers and Players, a prominent theatre company that presented plays and performed poetry throughout the country, under the direction of Amiri Baraka. He also worked and studied with dramatists and authors including Haki Mdabuti, Woodie King, Jr, and Yusef Iman. A longtime resident of Rochester, Mr. Shakes has appeared with Blackfriars, RAPA, JCC CenterStage, Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, Shipping Dock and Rochester Community Players as actor, guest artist, director and producer. He founded the Village Theatre where he acted, directed and produced plays.  He studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and earned his B.S. in Communications at Empire State College and a M.S.W. at Syracuse University. He is a much sought after historic interpreter and a retired Rochester City School District social worker. Currently, he is artistic director of the North Star Players.

HARPER LEE

Author

HARPER LEE was born Nelle Harper Lee on April 28, 1926, in Monroeville, Alabama, the daughter of Francis Finch Lee and Amasa Coleman, an attorney. She studied at Huntingdon College, University of Alabama (from where she earned an honorary doctorate degree in 1990) and Alabama’s School of Law, as well as a term abroad at Oxford University. In 1950, she moved to New York City and worked as an airline clerk, writing essays and short stories in her off hours and contributing articles to Vogue and McCall’s magazines. Through the generosity of friends, she was able to take a year off in the 1950s to write full-time, ultimately producing the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. The story was based on her own childhood, modeling the setting after her hometown; the plot after actual racial events; and the character Dill after her childhood friend, Truman Capote. To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960 and broke records in both paperback and hard-cover sales. It earned Ms. Lee the Pulitzer Prize, and in 1962 was adapted by Horton Foote into an Academy Award-winning film of the same title. Her second book, Go Set a Watchman, was published in July 2015.

CHRISTOPHER SERGEL

Adaptor

CHRISTOPHER SERGEL‘s  interests and talents led him on many adventures throughout the world. As captain of the schooner Chance, he spent two years in the South Pacific; as a writer for Sports Afield magazine, he lived in the African bush for a year; as a lieutenant commander during WWII, he taught celestial navigation; as a playwright, his adaptation of Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio was seen on Broadway. But throughout his life, his greatest adventure and deepest love was his work with Dramatic Publishing. During this time, he wrote adaptations of To Kill a Mockingbird, Cheaper by the Dozen, The Mouse That Roared, Up the Down Staircase, Fame, Black Elk Speaks and many more. His love of theatre and his caring for writers made him a generous and spirited mentor to many playwrights here and around the world. His inspiration and integrity attracted to the company fine writers including C.P. Taylor, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Arthur Miller, Roald Dahl and E.B. White – to name just a few. He once said he hoped to be remembered as E.B. White described Charlotte…”…a true friend and a good writer.”

MARK CUDDY

Director

MARK CUDDY is in his twenty-first season as Artistic Director of Geva Theatre Center. This season, in addition to To Kill a Mockingbird, he directed A Christmas Carol.  Last season, he directed Good People, A Christmas Carol and the world premiere of The Road to Where. Mr. Cuddy is well known for his staging of premieres, contemporary comedies and musical theatre. Among his Geva Theatre Center productions have been Clybourne Park, Pump Boys and Dinettes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, You Can’t Take It With You, Company, Superior Donuts, The Music ManFive Course Love, Fences, Sweeney Todd, A Christmas Story, Pride and Prejudice (which he also co-adapted), Bad Dates, Our Town, Tuesdays With Morrie, Urinetown, Splitting Infinity, Vigil, A Chorus Line, Hamlet, That Was Then (American premiere), Convenience (world premiere musical); 1776, Proof; the world premiere of Thornton Wilder’s Theophilus North which was also seen at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., The Miser, the East Coast premieres of both House and Garden, Quilters, Art, Famous Orpheus (world premiere musical) with Garth Fagan Dance, Every Good Boy Deserves Favor with the RPO, Golf With Alan Shepard, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and State of the Union. From 2013 – 2015 he was the Producer and Chief Executive of The Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA. Prior to his tenure at Geva Theatre Center, Mr. Cuddy directed a number of world and American classics while Artistic Director of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Sacramento Theatre Company.

GREGG COFFIN

Composer

GREGG COFFIN is delighted to be back at Geva Theatre Center where he is an Affiliate Artist. Mr. Coffin has composed, directed, arranged, or orchestrated the music for productions in theatres throughout the U.S., Canada, China, and South Korea, including the Minetta Lane Theatre, the Duke on 42nd Street, the John Houseman Theatre (Off-Broadway), the ChungMu Art Hall (Seoul), the Stratford Festival of Canada, the National Arts Centre of Canada, Canadian Stage Company, the Tarragon Theatre (Canada), Alley Theatre, Arena Stage, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Dallas Theater Center, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Guthrie Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, South Coast Rep, and the Oregon, Utah, Santa Cruz, Alabama, California, Santa Fe, Georgia, Great River, and St. Louis Shakespeare Festivals. Gregg is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., the Game Audio Network Guild, the American Federation of Musicians Local 12, and Actor’s Equity.

JOHN HALDOUPIS

Scenic & Costume Design

JOHN HALDOUPIS recently retired from Rochester’s Blackfriars Theatre having held the position of Producing & Artistic Director for 35 years. During his tenure there, he designed and/or directed (frequently both) over 200 shows.  Memorable productions include Floyd Collins, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Great Expectations, Big River, Sweeney Todd, and was personally granted permission by lyricist Sir Tim Rice to re-imagine a brand new version of his musical Chess.  As a director, Mr. Haldoupis staged a musical evening starring the legendary Betty Comden, and one for Broadway composer William Finn.  In 2012, he conceived, designed and directed the world premiere of Melanie and the Record Man, celebrating and starring Woodstock legend and recording artist, Melanie Safka. This season, Mr. Haldoupis recently designed An Iliad for Geva on the Fielding Stage. For this production, he gratefully acknowledges Roger Brainard for his expert technical drawings and contribution to his design of this classic of American literature.

PAUL HACKENMUELLER

Lighting Designer

PAUL HACKENMUELLER returns to Geva Theatre Center with this production of To Kill a Mockingbird. Broadway credits include Disgraced, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Fela!, Desire Under the ElmsA Bronx Tale, Mauritius, The Frogs, and Aida. Off-Broadway credits include Jump/Rope at Square Peg Productions, Cloud Tectonics at the Culture Project, Walk Two Moons at the Lucille Lortel. Mr. Hackenmueller has worked at theatres around the country including the Guthrie Theater, Alliance Theater, People’s Light and Theater Company, Berkshire Theater Festival, Arena Stage, Syracuse Stage, Princeton University / McCarter Theater Center, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Perseverance Theater, and The Juilliard School. Recent opera credits include La Traviata for Bucharest (Romanian) National Opera, Werther, I Puritani, Tosca at Boston Lyric Opera, Rusalka for Minnesota Opera and Opera Colorado, and Rodelinda at Pittsburgh Opera. On-going commercial clients include Target Stores, Best Buy, Carlson Companies, Boston Scientific, Starkey, Wells Fargo Bank, Life Touch, Arctic Cat, Winnebago, and Cargill. Mr. Hackenmueller received his B.A. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and his M.F.A. from NYU Tisch.

BEKAH CAREY

Wig Designer

BEKAH CAREY is thrilled to return to Geva Theatre Center. Her work was seen in Geva’s productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, You Can’t Take It With You, Music Man, A Christmas Story, Amadeus and the premiere of A Christmas Carol.  A graduate of SUNY Fredonia, she spent time perfecting the craft of wigs during the 2003 season of the Utah Shakespearean Festival. In Chicago she designed and constructed wigs for Drury Lane Oakbrook’s Production of Pirates of Penzance and Barefoot in the Park, Moving Dock Theatre Co’s Einstein’s Dreams and The Magician and for The Teapot Scandals at Porchlight Music Theatre. She was the wardrobe supervisor for Chicago’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. After moving to Rochester, she began working for Eastman Opera Theatre and is currently their resident costume coordinator.   She is proud to call Rochester home!

DAN ROACH

Sound Designer

DAN ROACH has, since 1988, worked on sound for numerous productions at Geva Theatre Center, NTID’s Theatre for the Deaf, SUNY Brockport, and Keuka College. Most recent productions at Geva include Miracle on South Division Street; Red; The Mountaintop; Katherine’s Colored Lieutenant; The Odd Couple; Stranded on Earth; Last Gas; The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs; Freud’s Last Session; You Can’t Take It With You; Perfect Wedding; On Golden Pond; Over the Tavern; Almost, Maine; Dracula; the Shape of Evil with PUSH Physical Theatre; Evie’s Waltz; Dial M for Murder; The Underpants; Nine Parts of Desire; Doubt and A Christmas Story. He studied sound at Berklee College of Music in Boston and has been applying that knowledge to theatre over the past 26 years. He is a resident of Brighton where he lives with his beautiful wife Jing.

KATHLEEN MULLIGAN

Dialect Coach

KATHLEEN MULLIGAN is an Associate Professor of Voice and Speech at Ithaca College. In 2010 she was a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar to Kerala, India with her project “Finding Women’s Voices,” focusing on the empowerment of women through voice. She spent the spring of 2015 in Pakistan as a Fulbright specialist collaborating on her project “Voices of Partition” with husband David Studwell and members of Islamabad’s Theatre Wallay. The resulting piece Dagh Dagh Ujala (This Stained Dawn), based on interviews with survivors of the Partition of 1947, toured to Ithaca, Boston, and Washington, D.C. in October 2015. The project was funded by a grant from the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and the Fulbright organization. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Acting credits include The Acting Company (national tour), American Repertory Theater, Fort Worth Shakespeare in the Park, and PCPA Theatrefest in Santa Maria, CA.

JENNI WERNER

Dramaturg

JENNI WERNER is in her fifth season at Geva Theatre Center. Geva dramaturgy credits include Katherine’s Colored Lieutenant, Good People, A Raisin in the Sun, Superior Donuts, You Can’t Take It With You, Freud’s Last Session, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Clybourne Park, Informed Consent and The Odd Couple. Previously, she served as the Director of Programming at Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the non-profit theatre field.  From 2005-2011, Ms. Werner produced TCG’s annual National Conference, curating the content and organizing the logistics for the largest national gathering of professionals in the non-profit theatre field.  For six years, she was adjunct instructor in the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University, and is now an adjunct instructor in the English Department at RIT.  Ms. Werner has an M.F.A. in dramaturgy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a B.A. in theatre and history from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.

FRANK CAVALLO

Stage Manager

FRANK CAVALLO has stage managed numerous productions for Geva over several seasons. Earlier this season he stage managed Spamalot! and A Christmas Carol. Previous productions include Women in Jeopardy!, A Christmas Carol, Good People, Last Gas, The 39 Steps, Superior Donuts, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Anything Goes, The Glass Menagerie, 5 Guys Named Moe, Below The Belt, A Raisin In The Sun, Dancing At Lughnasa, Jitney, Vigil and several world premieres including Geva’s original productions of Convenience and 5 Course Love. He has also stage managed for several other regional theatres, been the production manager for the Rochester Children’s Theatre and toured for Poetry In Motion with Ms. Salome Jens’ one woman show…About Anne, featuring the poetry of Anne Sexton.

JENNY DANIELS

Assistant Stage Manager

JENNY DANIELS is very excited to be in her eighth season at Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York.  Most recently Ms. Daniels has stage managed Freud’s Last Session and Almost, Maine for the Cape Playhouse as well as  the world premiere of The Road to Where, A Body of Water, Katherine’s Colored Lieutenant, Black Pearl Sings, Stranded on Earth, and I and You in Geva Theatre Center’s Fielding Stage. Some favorite past credits at Geva include A Christmas Carol; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Pump Boys and Dinettes; The Book Club Play; On Golden Pond; Almost, Maine, and Sweeney Todd. Ms. Daniels currently resides in Rochester with her supportive boyfriend and their wonderful puppy.

JENN LYONS

Assistant Stage Manager

JENN LYONS is a Rochester native happy to be back home and working at Geva. Previous shows at Geva include Miracle on South Division Street, Red, The Mountaintop, Little Shop of Horrors, The Odd Couple and Clybourne Park.  National Tours include Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella (starring Eartha Kitt), Showboat and The Who’s Tommy. New York credits include work at Roundabout Theatre and Circle Repertory Theater as well as the Broadway production of The Little Mermaid.  She also production manages at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

ELISSA MYERS CASTING, Paul Fouquet, CSA

Casting

ELISSA MYERS CASTING, Paul Fouquet, CSA, a Rochester native, is honored to be recognized as a Geva Affiliate Artist. This marks the 19th year of Myers’ and Fouquet’s collaboration with Geva Theatre Center. Casting credits include “Poisoner’s Handbook,” “Becoming Helen Keller,” and the mini-series “Mystery of Matter” for PBS. Other PBS projects include “The Abolitionists,” “Dolly Madison,” “Alexander Hamilton,” “John and Abigail Adams,” “Benjamin Franklin” (Emmy Award), “Liberty” (Peabody Award), “God in America,” “People vs. Leo Frank,” “Louisa May Alcott,” as well as PBS “Great Performances” (Artios Award in “Outstanding Achievement in Casting”) and most recently “Murder Of A President” for American Experience. Additionally three “Movies of the Week,” as well as five pilots. Feature films include “Hank and Asha” (Audience Award at Slamdance 2013 and five other festival awards), and “The Union.” Theatre includes seven Broadway shows, including Tony-nominated Having Our Say, as well as 26 Off-Broadway shows. Regional theatre casting in the past two years includes Denver Center, Geva Theatre Center, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre, Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, George Street Playhouse, and Arizona Theatre Company. The office has so far received 16 nominations and has won three Artios Awards for “Outstanding Achievement in Casting.”

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