Training for Young Artists

Summer Academy Overview

The Summer Academy is a five-week professional theatre training program for 30 selected young actors, ages 12 to 18, who wish to explore, define and develop the actor in themselves. Open to students of all levels of theatre experience, Summer Academy provides quality training for the beginning actor, as well as advanced level study for the young actor with previous experience. Each year the Summer Academy program rotates between a Shakespeare, Contemporary Acting, and Musical Theatre focus.

Led by professional artists in the industry who are passionate and skilled in their craft and in working with young actors, courses will include Acting, Text Analysis, Scansion (during a Shakespeare summer), Voice and Diction, Movement, Monologues, Expansions, Singing Ensemble, Song Prep and Dance (during a musical summer), Movement Ensemble, Journal/Reflection, and Rehearsal/Production. In addition, a weekly Master Class led by a guest instructor is included. The program culminates in a showcase of the students’ work, on Geva’s Wilson stage. The showcase is free and open to the public.

Summer Academy tuition is $1,250 for the full five-week program. Full and partial need-based scholarships are available!

Summer Academy 2018

Summer Academy 2018 will take place on weekdays (8:30am-4:30pm). Summer Academy will take place July 9 – August 11, 2018. Showcase will be August 11, 2018 at 1 p.m. Acceptance is by audition and interview only.

Click here to download the 2017 Summer Academy brochure
Click here to download Frequently Asked Questions and other important information

Auditions must be scheduled in advance. Enrollment is limited to 30 students – our 3:1 student/instructor ratio ensures that each student will receive highly personalized training.

Prospective students should prepare a 1-minute monologue (memorized) and 32 bars of a song. An interview will follow. Please bring a headshot (or recent picture), 2 copies of your resumé, a list of any potential conflicts, and sheet music for the accompanist. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your audition time slot to fill out necessary paperwork.

Students from previous Academies are welcome and encouraged to audition again (each student may attend a maximum of three summers of Academy). Up to 10 returnees may be accepted into the Academy.

For additional information about Summer Academy, or to schedule an audition, please contact Eric Evans at (585) 420-2035 or eevans@gevatheatre.org.

Overview

The Stage Door Design Project is a Geva Theatre Center education program designed to introduce talented and motivated 9th-12th grade students who identify an interest in the design opportunities of theatrical production including scenic, costume, lighting and sound design, to the creative process and skills practiced by theatre professionals in the crafting of Geva productions.

Students will have unique access to visit several steps in the Geva production process and share ideas directly with Geva artists while they work with a team of their peers to create and present cohesive designs for a hypothetical production of a selected play. They will read and respond to a script, talk with a professional director and designers about what a production can communicate through design and why, and visit Geva during the build, rehearsal and technical rehearsal periods prior to attending a public preview performance.

A Stage Door Design candidate does not need to have extensive experience in a specific area of theatre design or technology, but a creative, inquisitive mind is a must. We believe that design is an interpretive process integral to storytelling and seek students with the passion to create compelling stories. While we will explore the practical application of ideas, this program will emphasize why design choices are made over and above the technical solutions of how those designs are achieved. Candidates who can apply both rigorous analysis and imagination in their examination of a play will thrive with this opportunity.

Program Example (2013)

For the Stage Door Design 2013 Project, participating students were divided into three production teams of four students, with each team consisting of a student designer focused on costume design, lighting design, scenic design, and sound design. Each team was guided by one of Geva’s own resident artists or designers. The teams of young designers were challenged with creating a unified series of designs for several different scenes within Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, an upcoming production that would be featured in Geva’s 2013-2014 Wilson stage season. Each production team crafted their own unique artistic concept for their scenes within the script, allowing the Stage Door Design Project to conclude with three very different approaches to the story, and resulting in three very different sets of possible designs for the same play.

Students documented their creative process through blog entries that were posted on the Geva Journal blog in the fall of 2013 prior to the Opening Night of The 39 Steps, and the students designs were featured as a lobby display in the Geva lobby throughout the run of Geva’s production of The 39 Steps. The Stage Door Design class of 2013 was invited back to Geva to attend a performance of The 39 Steps together and discuss the production’s actual costume, lighting, scenic, and sound designs, and compare and contrast them with the designs for the hypothetical production they created in the spring.

Young Writers Showcase

Selected from an open submission pool of Rochester area students, the Young Writers Showcase features short plays by writers aged 13-18. This event provides a rare opportunity for young writers to have their works performed by professional actors and offers them a glimpse into the process of moving a play from page to stage. Plays from the spring Showcase receive further rehearsal and development in the fall Festival of New Theatre.

Submit your play or learn more!

Overview

In college or just graduated? Are you looking for an opportunity to jumpstart your career, make an impact, and get more involved? Geva also offers a variety of early career programming including alliances with area colleges, fellowships, apprenticeships and internships.

SUNY Brockport Alliance

This program enables Geva’s guest artist-educators to come in contact with undergraduates at SUNY Brockport by teaching rotating courses, including acting, directing and playwriting, at the university, as well as providing guest lecturers. Geva is thrilled to be partnering with SUNY Brockport again for our 2016-2017 season. SUNY Brockport theatre students also have opportunities for auditions and internships with Geva Theatre Center. To visit the Department of Theatre and Music Studies at SUNY Brockport, please click here.

Fellowships

One Directing Fellow and one Literary Fellow are hired annually. The Directing Fellow may direct a production at SUNY Brockport, assistant direct at Geva, or rehearse understudies as needed. If you are interested in applying for the 2017-2018 Directing Fellowship, please send a cover letter and resumé to:

Skip Greer
Director of Education
75 Woodbury Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14607

You may also submit your application electronically to sgreer@gevatheatre.org.

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are available for three young professionals to work as assistant teachers for our five-week Summer Academy program. Most apprentice candidates are college students pursuing a degree in theatre (and typically preparing to enter their junior or senior year). Priority is given to returning alumni of the Summer Academy program and to SUNY Brockport theatre students. This is a paid position. To apply for a 2017 Summer Academy apprenticeship position (our focus will be musical theatre; dates are July 10-August 12, 2017), please send a resume and a cover detailing your interest and qualifications to:

Lara Rhyner
Associate Director of Education
75 Woodbury Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14607

You may also submit your application electronically to lrhyner@gevatheatre.org.

Applications will be accepted from February 1, 2017 through March 20, 2017; hiring decisions will be announced by March 31. You can read more about this year’s Summer Academy program on this page by clicking on the Summer Academy tab above. For questions about Academy apprenticeships, please contact Lara Rhyner.

College Internships

Most of Geva’s intern positions are filled by students who participate in the Brockport Alliance and voice an interest in an internship to Skip Greer, Director of Education. If you are a SUNY Brockport student and would like to apply for an internship position, please send a cover letter and resumé to:

Skip Greer
Director of Education
75 Woodbury Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14607

You may also submit your application electronically to sgreer@gevatheatre.org.

Additional internship positions are occasionally assigned to non-SUNY Brockport college students on an individual basis. College internship positions at Geva vary between full-time (35-40 hrs. per week) and part-time (15-25 hrs. per week) and are unpaid. Most internships last for the length of a semester. It must be possible to arrange academic credit through your educational institution to apply for a college internship. Please note that we do not offer production internships during the summer months. Previous internships have been in development, marketing, acting, and several areas of production, including costuming and lighting.

If you are a non-SUNY Brockport college student seeking experience in a specific area of theatre, please submit your resume and a detailed cover letter describing what type of opportunity you are seeking, what you expect to gain from an internship, your specific availability for an internship, and your prior theatre experience. Internship inquiries should be addressed to:

Lara Rhyner
Associate Director of Education
75 Woodbury Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14607

You may also submit your application electronically to lrhyner@gevatheatre.org.

High School Internships

If you are a high school student who is interested in an internship, please email Eric Evans, Education Associate, at eevans@gevatheatre.org.

Additional Resources

If you are looking for casting or employment information, please click here.

Overview

Continuing Geva Theatre Center’s mission of placing our stage work at the crossroads of artistic excellence and community engagement, Geva has focused on a remarkable opportunity for students at an area high school to perform on Geva’s Wilson stage in a “shared” production of a select show.

The selected production, in addition to being part of Geva’s season, will also be part of the high school’s season. The school’s directing team will cast young actors from their school and recruit an equal number of students interested in design, technical theatre, and marketing to join a creative team that mirrors Geva’s. The school’s theatre director will also serve as the Assistant Director on Geva’s production.

Fueled by their work at Geva, the high school directing team will return to their school to direct the students in their own production of the selected show. The young actors will participate in an acting workshop and mentoring partnership with the Geva artists. They will meet their professional actor counterparts from the Geva production, become email pen pals with those adult actors, sit in on multiple Geva rehearsals, share character insights over dinner with the adult company, and attend Geva tech rehearsals, previews, and performances of the production. The Geva production’s director and some of the Geva cast members will also visit and participate in a student rehearsal at the school. The production students – focused on lighting, sound, scenic, costumes, props, stage management, wardrobe, dramaturgy, and wig and makeup (plus any other show-specific opportunities that may arise) – will share their ideas with Geva’s professional design team, shadow the department they are reflecting, meet one-on-one with their counterparts, attend several production meetings and technical rehearsals, and possibly contribute tangible work to both Geva and the Stage Door productions. Geva’s marketing and development staffs will exchange ideas with the school’s marketing and development teams made up of young fundraisers, journalists, graphic designers, photographers, and visual artists, who will get involved in poster design, playbill creation, publicity, and community engagement efforts so that the school can share the discoveries in this process within their own community as well. This unique collaboration culminates when the students return to Geva’s Wilson stage to polish their show, working with our crew to incorporate Geva’s existing lighting, sound and scenic elements created for our own production into their production. The students will then perform their own version of the production on Geva’s stage, with Geva’s full crew and technical support.

Imagine if you were a young artist with a passion for acting, design, production, administration, development, marketing, or any other area of theatre practice. For these students, the Stage Door Project is an incredibly thrilling and extremely rare opportunity to connect with a nationally recognized regional theatre and learn from a professional in the theatre industry, who does just what they’d love to do one day. By embracing this young company from within our community, they receive an unforgettable and priceless experience and we have the privilege of learning with – and from – their energy and insights into youthful love and humor.

How To Get Involved

If your Rochester-area high school would like to partner with us on a Stage Door Project, please contact Lara Rhyner, Associate Director of Education, at 585-420-2058 or lrhyner@gevatheatre.org.