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September 4 - October 7

Hair

It’s “The Age of Aquarius” in all its barefoot, long haired, bell-bottomed, beaded and fringed glory. Claude, Berger, and their friends in ‘The Tribe’ struggle to balance their bohemian lives and the sexual revolution with their rebellion against the Vietnam War and their conservative parents. A landmark piece of American musical theatre when it exploded on the scene in 1967, Hair celebrates the decade with songs like “Aquarius;” “Good Morning, Starshine;” “Easy To Be Hard,” and “Let the Sun Shine In.”

Book and Lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado

Music by Galt MacDermot

Directed by Melissa Rain Anderson

Music Direction by Don Kot

Choreography by Liz Ramos

Running time: 2 hours, 15 minutes, with intermission

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DAVID ANDRE | Ensemble

DAVID ANDRÉ is so thrilled to make his debut at Geva Theatre Center this season in Hair. Past credits include Jerome in the NYC Workshop of We Are Here, Ragtime at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Victor in Smokey Joe’s Cafe at Dutch Apple Theatre, the China Tour of Legally Blonde (Ensemble, Carlos u/s), and George Smith in the NYC Workshop of The Brontës. Beads, Flowers, Freedom, Happiness! Much love to Mommy, Kapi, and Phil. ig: @da_go

GABRIELLE BECKFORD | Ensemble

GABRIELLE BECKFORD makes her Geva Theatre Center debut in Hair. Regional credits include Crowns at the McCarter and Long Wharf Theatres; Aida, Hairspray, Big River and Sister Act at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts; and All Shook Up at Laguna Beach Playhouse. She received her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Rider University.

KATELYN BROOKS | Ensemble

KATELYN BROOKS is thrilled to be making her Geva Theatre Center debut in Hair. She is currently a senior at SUNY Geneseo where she studies Musical Theatre and Communication. Some of her favorite credits include Jenny Steinberg in It Shoulda Been You, Susan in Company, and Suzette in the Rochester regional premiere of Dogfight. Katelyn would like to thank Melissa and Don for this amazing opportunity as well as Joan and her friends and family for their endless support.

MICHAEL BURRELL | Claude

MICHAEL BURRELL makes his Geva Theatre Center debut with Hair. Credits include Warren in Meet Me in St. Louis at The Muny, John Newton in the 1st National Tour of Amazing Grace, Kenickie in Grease at the Engeman Theater, and Curly in Oklahoma! Michael also starred in the workshop of Alexander Gemignani’s new musical, swingset/moon. He has appeared in concert with Andrew Lippa and Kristin Chenoweth, to name a few, and performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Disneyland Resort. He received his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Texas State (Eat ‘Em Up, Cats!). Endless love and gratitude to Mom and Dad, Kim, CGF, Melissa, and the rest of this incredible cast and creative team. Proud member of AEA. www.michaelburrell.com Twitter/IG: @michaelpburrell

JOSHUA CAREY | Woof

JOSHUA CAREY is making his second appearance on the Geva Theatre Center stage. A SUNY Fredonia graduate, Josh is thrilled to be back in his hometown of Rochester.  Off-Broadway credits include The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking (New World Stages); Regional credits include the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear) and Godspell (Jesus); Theme Park shows include Luminosity (Cedar Point), Eternal Jamnation (Cedar Point), and Cool Yule Christmas (RWS Entertainment Group). Post-Hair, Josh plans on returning to New York City to continue his run of The Imbible Off-Broadway. Facebook/Twitter: @JoshCareyActor . Website: www.joshuancarey.com

JOE CHISHOLM | Berger

JOE CHISHOLM is thrilled to be joining ‘The Tribe’ at Geva. He recently concluded a year-long run starring in the Off-Broadway hit Afterglow. Prior to that, he was seen in the U.S. premiere of Andrew Kooman’s She Has a Name Off-Broadway. Recent NYC Credits include 2000 Nickels (NYMF), The Last Adam, and The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit (WorkShop Theatre). Joe has travelled the world performing his one man show, My Shadow and Me. He received his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), and his Masters in Classical Acting from the Drama Centre London. Proud member of AEA. Many thanks to Avalon Artists, family and friends! @joecchisholm www.joechisholm.net

KEVIN CURTIS | Ensemble/Dance Captain

KEVIN CURTIS makes his Geva Theatre Center debut in Hair. He appeared in the National Tour of A Chorus Line and the Off-Broadway production of Invisible Thread. Regional credits include The Muny, ART, Denver Center, Dallas Theatre Center, PCLO, North Shore, TUTS, Stages St. Louis and Paper Mill Playhouse. Film credits include Take CareNewlyweeds. Insta @kevintcurtis

BRETT HAMMES | Ensemble

BRETT HAMMES is ecstatic to be making his professional theatre debut in Hair. He is a junior musical theatre major at SUNY Geneseo. His past credits include Robert in Company; Marty Kaufman in It Shoulda Been You; and Frank, Jr. in Catch Me If You Can. Brett would like to thank Melissa and Don for the incredible opportunity to be involved in a Geva show, as well as Joan Floriano, his family, and his friends for the endless support.

MARY KATHARINE HARRIS | Ensemble

MARY KATHARINE HARRIS born on the cusp of Libra and Scorpio, is thrilled to be a part of ‘The Tribe’ here at Geva Theatre Center. Credits include Rosemary and Time (Paradise Factory Theater), I Create (Lincoln Center’s Clark Theater), It Goes without Saying (Keen Company), Dawn (Emerging Artist Theater), and Firebirds Take the Field (Ensemble Studio Theatre). At UNCSA, she performed in Oklahoma! for UNCTV  directed by Terrence Mann and restaged by the late Gemze deLappe, and Marion in Drinking in the Sun (Cannes Film Festival Short Corner.) She has danced for Afro Dance choreographer Angel Kaba at the Highline Ballroom, Drom and Robyn Dunn’s Spring Showcase. She received her B.F.A. in Drama from UNCSA.

JACOB HOFFMAN | Ensemble/Margaret Mead

JACOB HOFFMAN is thrilled to return to Geva Theatre Center, where he was last seen in Monty Python’s Spamalot. New York credits include productions at The Vineyard Theatre, York Theatre, New Dramatists, Connelly Theatre, Musicals Tonight!, NYMF and NYFringe. Regional credits include Pioneer Theatre Co., Utah Shakespearean Festival, Bay Street Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Arkansas Rep., and Porchlight Music Theatre. He is a proud AEA member who really loves his job. Love and squeezes to Melissa, Erik, mom, the gang over at Avalon, and Mary Beth. www.jakebuddy.com

MANNA NICHOLS | Chrissy

MANNA NICHOLS is excited to join the tribe and make her Geva Theatre Center debut! Broadway/Tours include Allegiance and The King & I (Tuptim). Off-Broadway credits include Tokio Confidential (Sachiko), Death for Five Voices (Maria) and regional credits include My Fair Lady (Eliza Doolittle) at Arena Stage; Guys & Dolls (Sarah Brown)at Goodspeed; South Pacific (Liat) at the Guthrie; Miss Saigon (Kim) at  Kansas City Starlight/Walnut St/Fulton; The King & I (Tuptim) at Walnut St/North Shore; and Les Misérables (Eponine) at Pioneer/Maine State. Film credits include Disney’s Live Action Beauty & the Beast (background vocals) and Hard Powder (2019/Minya). For my Daddy!

XAVIER REYES | Ensemble

XAVIER REYES is grateful to return to Geva Theatre Center after being part of In the Heights. A storyteller from Puerto Rico, he left home to pursue his craft and holds a B.F.A. from Ithaca College. Favorite credits include Kinky Boots, RentWest Side Story and La Cage Aux Folles. He is excited to tell this relevant story and hopes to continue changing lives through his work. Thank you to all of those humans who have paved the way before us. Thank you Melissa for seeing me, and thank you, audience member, for supporting the arts.

TAVIA RIVEE | Ensemble

TAVIA RIVEE makes her Geva Theatre Center debut in Hair. A Las Vegas native, Tavia was most recently seen in Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson One.  Prior to that, Tavia had the honor of understudying the role of Diana Ross in the 2nd National Tour of Motown the Musical.  Additional credits include: Hairspray, Seussical, All Shook Up, Once on this Island, The Wiz, Law & Order, St Louis Woman, A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden, and the inaugural Production cast of Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Fantasy.

JAMAL SHURIAH | Hud

JAMAL SHURIAH graduated from the Hartt School with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Most recently, he played the role of “Brick” in a new musical called On Kentucky Avenue.  He has had featured roles with the Dance Company “LL Moves” as well Broadway’s choreographers’ showcase, better known as “BC Beat,” earlier this summer.  In Made to Dance in Burning Buildings at Joe’s Pub, he played the role of the Ringleader, and he played Monty in Saturday Night Fever.  He has toured internationally with Greenday’s American Idiot, and played the role of “Simba,” on Disney Cruise lines. He was a company member and featured dancer of the Pre-Broadway production of Sousatzka. He has performed in Styles NYFW *18, and continues to model and perform with various artists. Follow him on Instagram: 2Journey5

CHERISE THOMAS | Dionne

CHERISE THOMAS is overjoyed to be making her Geva Theatre Center debut! She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from Columbia College Chicago (c/o 2013). Tour credits include Disenchanted: The Hilarious Hit Musical; Chicago credits include: Hair at Mercury Theater, Jeff Award-winning Dreamgirls at Porchlight Music Theater, Sounds So Sweet (Jeff Nominated), Men of Soul, Dynamite Divas, Plays With A Purpose Series and she was most recently seen as Young Patti LaBelle in A New Attitude: In Tribute To Patti LaBelle(Black Ensemble Theater) She has also shared the stage with many artists such as Jeremih, Kenny Latimore, Carl Thomas, and many more! Her new single, “Rewind,” is available online in all music stores and you can keep up with her via: IG&Twitter:@CheriseCoaches, FB: Cherise Mantra: “If you can dream it, you can do it!”  S/o to the #VBs  #TGBTG

CHIARA TRENTALANGE | Sheila

CHIARA TRENTALANGE couldn’t be happier to be back at Geva! This time last year she was seen as Vanessa in Geva’s production of In the Heights. She most recently performed in the World Premiere of William Finn’s new musical The Royal Family of Broadway at Barrington Stage Company. Regional credits include Anything Goes at Goodspeed Opera House, In the Heights (Vanessa) at the John W. Engeman Theatre, The Marvelous Wonderettes (Cindy Lou) at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, 42nd Street (Annie) at Forestburgh Playhouse, and A Chorus Line (Diana) at Interlakes Theatre. Special thanks to TKO and Melissa… all my love to Mom, Dad, Sil, & Dom. For Mom-mom & Pop-pop.

ROCKY VEGA

ROCKY VEGA is a NYC born, multi-disciplinary artist. Recent NYC credits include: My Lingerie Play at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Anne of Green Gables for Royal Family Productions, Queen Latina and her Power Posse at Cherry Lane Theatre, Peer Gynt at Ma-Yi, Girls Will Be Girls (Int’l Fringe Fest), and recently produced and co-starred in the cabaret, Happy Hour, at the PIT. Graduate of Wellesley College, Shakes and Co., NTI and LABIE 2014. www.rockyvegaonline.com

LAWSON YOUNG | Jeanie

LAWSON YOUNG makes her Geva Theatre Center debut in Hair. Broadway/Reading credits include Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (OBC); Love Kills (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Secondhand Lions (Jane); and All for Joe (Sceneworks Studios). Tours include Disney on Classic: Tangled (Harmony Japan). She has appeared in Legally Blonde the Musical (Elle Woods), Les Misérables (Eponine); and Into the Woods (Little Red). Thanks Mom and Dad.

GEROME RAGNI | Co-Creator

GEROME RAGNI was born and raised in Pittsburgh PA. He came from a large family of five sisters and three brothers. After a stint in the Air Force, as a young actor he won the Barter Theatre Award. He appeared on Broadway in the John Gielgud/Richard Burton Hamlet, starred in The Knack Off‐Broadway and studied acting and new experimental theatre techniques with Nola Chilton and Joseph Chaikin and the Open Theatre. An unusual stage presence, he created the role of Berger in Hair. He wrote the Broadway show Dude with music by Galt MacDermot. He was a prolific writer, the originator of “napkin art,” a most interesting painter and a body sculptor. His son, Erick, is an innovative architect.

JAMES RADO | Co-Creator

JAMES RADO was born in Venice Beach, California, raised in Rochester, NY and Washington, DC. He studied acting with Paula and Lee Strasberg and appeared on Broadway as Richard the Lionhearted in The Lion in Winter starring Robert Preston, Rosemary Harris and Christopher Walken. Then he met a young actor named Gerome Ragni. Both were unknown writers. They teamed up with the composer Galt MacDermot. Hair was a smash hit. (Gerome acted and sang the role of Berger). James went on to write both lyrics and music for Rainbow, “[t]he Rainbow Rainbeam Radio Roadshow.”

GALT MacDERMOT | Music

GALT MACDERMOT is best‐known for the music he wrote for Hair, and the Tony Award‐winning score for Two Gentlemen of Verona. MacDermot’s work spans the gamut of performing arts: musicals (Hair, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Human Comedy), ballet scores (La Novela, Salome), film scores (Cotton Comes to Harlem, Fortune and Men’s Eyes, Mistress), chamber music (Wind Quintet), the Anglican Liturgy (The Mass in F), poetry (The Thomas Hardy Songs), drama accompaniments (The Sun Always Shines for the Cool, The Shooting of Dan McGraw), and band repertory. The son of a Canadian diplomat, Mr. MacDermot was born and raised in Montreal. After attending Bishop’s University, he received a more extensive musical education at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and then moved to New York in 1964. Three years later, MacDermot wrote the music for the landmark Broadway production of Hair, which he later adapted for the screen.

MELISSA RAIN ANDERSON | Director

MELISSA RAIN ANDERSON returns to Geva Theatre Center, where she is an Artistic Affiliate. At Geva, Melissa has appeared in numerous productions and directed last season’s record breaking production of In the Heights as well as The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns; 2016’s productions of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (featuring 2 Ring Circus) and The Marvelous Wonderettes, also 2015’s hit production of Monty Python’s Spamalot! and the 2014 production of The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee. Regional credits include A Christmas Carol at the Denver Center Theater Company ‘16 ’17Big River and The Cocoanuts at Utah Shakespeare Festival; The Marvelous Wonderettes at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Spamalot! and The Little Mermaid at Arkansas Repertory Theatre; the Houston premiere of Next to Normal (Houston Press Award Best Musical) as well as the entire Wonderettes Series including the World Premiere of The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On at Stages Repertory Theatre; Always….Patsy Cline at PCPA Theatrefest, The Comedy of ErrorsThe Fantasticks and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at the Great River Shakespeare Festival. Upcoming: A Christmas Carol at Denver Center Theater Company. Ms. Anderson lives in New York City with her husband, actor Jim Poulos. Please visit melissarainanderson.com.

DON KOT | Music Director

DON KOT  is Resident Music Director and Affiliate Artist at Geva Theatre Center where he celebrates his eighteenth season!  Geva productions include In the Heights, The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Little Shop of Horrors, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, All Your Questions Answered (world premiere), Next to NormalSister’s Christmas Catechism, Avenue Q, CompanyThe Music ManFive Course LoveSweeney ToddCabaretUrinetownA Chorus LineCamelot1776A Christmas Carol (2002 – present), Convenience and as part of the Festival of New Plays, The Shaggs: Philosophy of the WorldOne For My Babyright next to me, Tomorrowland and An Evening with Mrs. Kasha Davis, International Celebrity Housewife.  He was also vocal coach and music arranger for Private Lives, Katherine’s Colored Lieutenant (world premiere), The Odd Couple, Informed Consent, You Can’t Take It With You, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The House in Hydesville, Our Town, and Inherit the Wind.  Mr. Kot has performed Off-Broadway at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at Pershing Square Signature Center, 45 Bleecker Street Theatre, Laurie Beechman Theatre, and at the Toronto Fringe Festival.  Other regional credits include The Music Man, The Best of Forbidden BroadwaySmokey Joe’s CaféLeader of the PackHonk!, and The Most Happy Fella.  National touring productions include Fosse, FootlooseFiddler on the RoofThe King and IMamma Mia, and Hairspray.  Mr. Kot is the Coordinator of the Musical Theatre degree program at the State University of New York at Geneseo.

LIZ RAMOS | Choreographer

LIZ RAMOS has made her mark in all avenues in the entertainment world in television, film, tours, and Broadway. She’s had the delightful pleasure of working with some of the top artists of today such as Jlo, Will Smith, Paula Abdul, Gloria Estefan,  Beyonce, Toni Braxton, Flo Rida, Faith Hill, and Kelly Rowland to name a few.  Choreography credits include Ride Along 2 (film), “Jessie”(Disney Channel), Earth Wind & Fire tours, Latin Grammys with Usher and Romeo Santos, Gypsy Kings, Knick City Dancers, Will. I .Am “Heartbreaker,” the New York production of Opal Ann meets the Fabulous Kit Kat and Miss Angola Pageants 2010-2012.  She was the Associate Choreographer for the Nashville premiere of The Nutty Professor, Grease at Papermill Playhouse, and Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants. In addition to choreography, Liz is also now a movement coach to a few celebrities prepping for their next big dance projects in both film and TV. Thank you to my family and friends for the amazing support and love, and beyond thrilled to be at Geva Theatre Center for the first time. www.lizramos.com

ADAM KOCH | Scenic Designer

ADAM KOCH returns to Geva Theatre Center where he previously designed In the Heights, Million Dollar Quartet, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Five Course Love and Sweeney Todd. Internationally, Adam designed the 2017 production of Dreamgirls in Seoul, South Korea. In Washington D.C., Mr. Koch received Helen Hayes nominations for both Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Signature Theatre) and Bat Boy (1st Stage). Design credits across the United States include productions at Ford’s Theatre, Serenbe Playhouse, Goodspeed Musicals, Paper Mill Playhouse, Tuacahn Amphitheatre, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Music Theatre of Wichita, Cincinnati Playhouse, Fulton Theatre, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, and Portland Stage.  For the past four years Mr. Koch and Steven Royal have designed the official events for New York City Pride. Education: Carnegie Mellon University. Dedicated to William and Mary Koch. See more at adamkochassociates.com and on Instagram @instadamkoch.

KEVIN COPENHAVER | Costume Designer

KEVIN COPENHAVER makes his Geva Theatre Center debut with Hair. Over 29 Seasons at DCPA he has designed The Who’s Tommy, The Snowy Day, Sweeney Todd, Frankenstein, The Christians, Lord of the Flies, Animal Crackers, Just Like Us, Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, The Whale, Dracula, Mama Hated Diesels, A Christmas Carol, Noises Off, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Living Out, Crowns, Fire on the Mountain, Boston Marriage, Oedipus Rex, Dirty Story, Blithe Spirit, Lobby Hero, Blue/ Orange, Almost Heaven, Scapin, The Miser, Jesus Hates Me, Bernice/ Butterfly, Pierre, Inna Beginning, Elevation of Thieves, Servant of Two Masters and Tantalus. Work at other theatres includes Passing Strange; Hairspray; Young Frankenstein; Smokey Joe’s Café; Hedwig and the Angry Inch; The Divine Sister; The Who’s Tommy; Dream a Little Dream; Love, Janis; Twelfth Night; Titus Andronicus; and the regional premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher (USF). He received his B.A. in Theatre Design at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and Centro Maschere e Strutture Gestuali in Padua, Italy.

BRIAN J. LILIENTHAL | Lighting Designer

BRIAN J. LILIENTHAL returns to Geva Theatre Center where he previously designed In the Heights, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Monty Python’s Spamalot!, Women in Jeopardy!, Little Shop of Horrors, Informed Consent, The 39 Steps and The Book Club Play.  Regionally he has designed over 250 productions for Huntington Theatre, Arizona Theatre Co, Milwaukee Rep, Cleveland Play House, Pasadena Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Merrimack Rep, Arden Theatre, Trinity Rep, among many.  Mr. Lilienthal has designed operas for Long Beach Opera, Bard Summerscape, Portland Opera Repertory Theatre.  He has won the Los Angeles Ovation Award for lighting design, and has been nominated multiple times for Boston’s IRNE Award.  He has spent nine summers as the resident lighting designer for the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center.  He received his M.F.A. at California Institute of the Arts.  Mr. Lilienthal currently teaches lighting design at Tufts University, and is a member of the newly formed Patriots Program at Merrimack Rep in Lowell, MA.  He lives in Somerville, MA, and is a drummer with a rockabilly trio that performs throughout New England.

DANNY ERDBERG | Sound Designer

DANNY ERDBERG returns to Geva Theatre Center where he designed the sound for In the HeightsRooms, Five Course Love and The Lion.  Daniel’s work has appeared at numerous New York theatres, including The Public, Roundabout, City Center, 59E59, Atlantic, Prospect and HERE.  Highlights include the American premiere of Caryl Churchill’s Drunk Enough to Say I Love You, Mike Daisey’s Last Cargo Cult and Time it Was with Bill Irwin.  Regional credits include Arena Stage, Milwaukee Rep, ACT, Virginia Stage Company, Merrimack Rep and Long Wharf, as well as shows in Korea, Japan, China, Canada and Cuba. He is a frequent Broadway associate designer, where credits include Significant Other, VioletThe Glass MenagerieA Streetcar Named DesireThe Heiress and The Nance.  Danny is an adjunct faculty member at Tisch/NYU, a member USA829, IATSE, SDC, and a proud graduate of Northwestern University.

BETTIE O. ROGERS | Wig Designer

BETTIE O. ROGERS returns to Geva Theatre Center where she designed wigs for  In the Heights, Private Lives, Clybourne Park, The 39 Steps, A Raisin in the Sun, Fences, Sweeney Todd, Pride and Prejudice, Five Course Love, and 1776 among others. As a wigmaker/hair designer, her credits extend beyond 100 productions in theatre, TV and film. She won six Emmys (2008, 2012- 2016) for her hairstyling work on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” Currently, Ms. Rogers is the Department Head Hairstylist for NBC’s “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” Netflix’s “The Break with Michelle Wolf”, and Comedy Central’s “The President Show,” and also manages the NBC Wig Room which services the wig making needs for “SNL,” “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night.”

JENNI WERNER | Literary Manager/Resident Dramaturg

JENNI WERNER is in her eighth season as Literary Director and Resident Dramaturg at Geva. In that role, she has served as dramaturg on twenty-four productions at Geva, including classics and world premieres by Wendy MacLeod, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Cass Morgan, Nora Cole, Jamie Pachino, Mat Smart and Gabriel Jason Dean. In 2015, she co-produced Geva’s blues festival celebrating the life and legacy of musician Son House, Journey to the Son. In addition to Hair this season, Jenni will serve as the dramaturg on Hard Cell by Brent Askari (with co-dramaturg Becca Poccia); The Magician’s Daughter by Lila Rose Kaplan; and Revival: The Resurrection of Son House by Keith Glover. Jenni also produces Geva’s new play programming, and has led the workshopping of over 40 new plays during her tenure at Geva. Additionally she leads the theatre’s commissioning of new plays through the Rochester Stories program. Previously, Jenni served as the Director of Programming at Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the non-profit theatre field. From 2005-2011, she 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 at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she teaches playwriting. Jenni 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. She serves on the board of ImageOut, Rochester’s LGBT film festival, and the National New Play Network.

JENN LYONS | Stage Manager

JENN LYONS is a Rochester native happy to be working at Geva. Previous shows at Geva include Million Dollar Quartet, The Other Josh Cohen, In the Heights, Private Lives, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Moon for the Misbegotten, 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.  Her two favorite productions are Maddie and Jack.