People

Leadership

 

Mark Cuddy
Artistic Director

MARK CUDDY is in his 24th season as Artistic Director of Geva Theatre Center, and the 41st year of leading successful not-for-profit theatres across the country. During his Geva tenure he has worked alongside talented and dedicated staff, artists and trustees to build the Theatre Center into a regional theatre powerhouse. Geva boasts one of the largest audiences of any professional regional theatre in the Northeast, and has a reputation for excellence in education programming and new play production. Having just completed a nine million dollar facility renovation including the purchase of fourteen new artist lofts, Geva is now focusing its future on engaging the Rochester region in meaningful theatrical experiences that unite and strengthen our community through the celebration of our shared humanity. Mr. Cuddy has directed over fifty productions here, and last season acted in the world premiere of Heartland. 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 national organization for non-profit theatres, Theatre Communications Group. 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. He received his B.A. in Theatre/Honors from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar. Because of his vast experience, Mr. Cuddy launched a consulting service for artistic, managing, and board leaders in 2017 called TheaterLeader.com. He resides in the Highland Park neighborhood with his wife, theatre and visual artist Christina Selian. Their older son, Maximilian, is writing his doctoral dissertation in Sociology at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Their younger son, Augustus, is an actor in New York City.

 

Christopher Mannelli Executive Director

CHRISTOPHER MANNELLI joined Geva in 2016 from Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, a 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 was responsible for the strategic planning, fundraising and audience development initiatives that created the theater’s new business model. Under his leadership, Mr. Mannelli oversaw 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. In 2017 he was appointed to the New York State Council on the Arts’ Theatre advisory panel where he has served for the last two years. He currently serves on the board of directors for the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), Rochester Downtown Development Corporation, Washington Square Park Community Association and on the corporate board for the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. 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 M.F.A. 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

Pirronne Yousefzadeh

Director of Engagement/Associate Artistic Director

 

Alana Sansone

Director of Finance and Operations

Laura Sadowski

Director of Institutional Advancement

Kevin Sweeney

Director of Marketing

 

Departments

EDUCATION

Lara Bidus Rhyner
Associate Director of Education

Eric Evans
Education Associate

LITERARY

Becca Poccia Hays
Assistant Literary Director

Jean Gordon Ryon
Literary Associate/Dramaturg

ENGAGEMENT

Annette Ramos
Community Connector

ARTISTIC

Angela Giuseppetti
Company Manager

Ellie Viola
Assistant Company Manager

Caitlin Florack
Management Associate

 

STAGE OPERATIONS

Carolyn Pike
Stage Operations Manager

COSTUMES

Janice Ferger
Draper

Katherine McCarthy
First Hand

Carol Unrue
Stitcher

Karin Eckert
Wardrobe & Wig Supervisor

Noel O’Day
Costume Craftsperson

LIGHTING & SOUND

Derek A. Madonia
Lighting Supervisor

Andrew Mark Wilhelm
Sound Supervisor

Katie Everdyke
First Electrician/Board Operator

Chris Nimick
Electrician/Board Operator

John Wilcox
Audio Engineer

PROPERTIES

Mark J. Bissonnette
Props Master

Butch Kane
Props Artisan

Theresa Pierce
Properties/Swing Carpenter

SCENERY CONSTRUCTION

Erik Benson
Technical Director

Mark Casey
Master Carpenter

Chris Dake
Ethan Dashnaw
Carpenters

SCENIC ART

Sam Hoderlein
Scenic Charge Artist

Rachel Meierotto
Assistant Charge Artist

STAGE MANAGEMENT

Jenn Lyons
Jenny Daniels
Daniel Parker
Aubrey Sirtautas
Stage Managers

MARKETING & ADVANCEMENT

Dawn Kellogg
Communications Manager

Amanda Riekstins
Graphic Designer

Scott Falkowski
Manager of Donor Engagement & Special Events

Emily Rhone
Advancement Events Assistant

Amanda Serianni-Davis
Administrative Assistant & Database Manager

AUDIENCE SERVICES

Timothy Intili
Director of Ticketing

John Hamolsky
Ticket Services Manager

Katherine Kuhn
Shift Supervisor

Taylor Walders
Subscriptions Coordinator

Sarah Antao
Lily Brunner
Tremain Elliott
Joseph Moser
Ashley Robb-Crockett
Box Office Associates

Smart Marketing
Direct Sales

Tom Clark
Front of House Manager

Peter Allen
Assoc. Front of House Manager

Keith Bullis
Keri Cuyler
Wendy Mancarella
Margaret Roumpapas
House Managers

Sarah Trine
Kitchen Supervisor

Nanette Falchi
Gift Shop Manager

John Meyer
Gift Shop Associate

FINANCE & OPERATIONS

Frank Del Vecchio
Associate Director of Finance

Jeff Jones
Facilities Manager

Anna Beck
Finance Assistant

Jess Meyer-Crosby
Eno Okung
Administrative Assistants

Laurie Masood
Finance Volunteer

Officers

Dennis Bassett, Chair
Kelly M. Shea, Treasurer and Chair of Finance Committee
Stephanie Caffera, Secretary

Maggie Symington, Chair of Advancement Committee
Peggy Boucher, Co-Chair of Education/Summer Curtain Call Committee
Barbara Bruning, Co-Chair of Education/Summer Curtain Call Committee
Faheem Masood, At Large
Ted Boucher*, At Large, Past Chair

Trustees

Edie Bieber

Philip L. Burke

Essie Calhoun-McDavid

Gloria Culver

Mary Anne Fox

Richard Gray

Dr. Lloyd A. Holmes

Barbara LaVerdi

Dr. Dawn F. Lipson

Diane McCue

Richard P. Nangreave

Suzanne Nasipak-Chapman

Mike Ninnie

Frank Novak

Pamela (Hines) O’Connor-Chapman

Wolfgang Pfizenmaier

Loren J. Ranaletta

Jean Gordon Ryon

Sidney Sobel, M.D

Matt Squires

Joshua Stubbe

Kim Tenreiro

Mary Freund Tilton

Kathleen R. Whelehan

John Williams


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 Trustees

Helen H. Berkeley*

William A. Buckingham

Barry B. Clements*

Sergio Esteban*

David L. Fiedler*

Ronald H. Fielding

Betsy T. Friedman*

Patrick Fulford*

Joanna Grosodonia*

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

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