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

 

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

New Plays Coordinator

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

Ian Hildreth

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
Samantha Hoderlein

Scenic Charge Artist

 

STAGE MANAGEMENT
Jenn Lyons
Jenny Daniels
Dan Parker
Aubrey Sirtautas

Stage Managers

MARKETING & ADVANCEMENT
Caitlin Florack

Management Associate

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

Devone Scala

Shift Supervisor

Taylor Walders

Subscriptions Coordinator

Lily Brunner
Todd Elliott
Katherine Kuhn
Joseph Moser

Box Office Associates

Smart Marketing

Direct Sales

Tom Clark

Front of House Manager

Peter Allen

Assoc. Front of House Manager

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