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September 3 - October 6

La Cage aux Folles

In sunny St Tropez, Georges and Albin run a glamorous nightclub with fabulous drag performers. Their blissful existence is turned upside down when Georges’ son announces that he is getting married…to the daughter of one of France’s most conservative politicians. Georges and Albin do their best to ensure that the marriage goes off without a hitch, with hilarious results.  One of musical theatre’s biggest all-time hits, La Cage aux Folles features an exuberant score by Jerry Herman (Mame; Hello, Dolly!). Winner of six Tony Awards including “Best Musical” when it premiered in 1983, both the 2004 and 2010 Broadway revivals won the Tony Award for “Best Revival of a Musical.” Celebrating his 25th Anniversary at Geva, Artistic Director Mark Cuddy will star as nightclub owner, Georges.

Book by Harvey Fierstein    Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman    Based on the play by Jean Poiret

Directed by Melissa Rain Anderson    Musical Director Don Kot     Choreography by Sam Hay


Running time:  Estimated to run 2 hours and 30 minutes including an intermission

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KAT BERTON | Ensemble

KAT BERTON (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Geva Theatre debut in La Cage Aux Folles! She is a junior Musical Theatre Major with a Dance Minor at SUNY Geneseo. Previous credits include Dolores in Babes in Arms, Pippin, Singin’ in the Rain, and She Loves Me. She would like to thank all her incredibly supportive and inspiring professors at SUNY Geneseo, and her family and friends for always having her back!

MICHAEL RJ CAMPBELL | Francis/Tobarro

MICHAEL RJ CAMPBELL is appearing in his first show at Geva Theatre Center and his East Coast debut after spending his career in California. He is happy to call New York his home. Favorite credits include Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof and Daddy Warbucks in Annie at Berkeley Playhouse; Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Jitter in Musical of Musicals at Sacramento Theatre Company;  Albin in La Cage for Bay Area Musicals;  Gomez in The Addams Family and Dr. Frank-n-furter in The Rocky Horror Show at the 6th Street Playhouse;  Mack the Knife in The Threepenny Opera for California Stage;  and the Governor in Man of La Mancha for Sierra Repertory.  RJ also sings in an indie rock band Flock of Indifference. Love to his lady Cat and their cat, Catti LuPone. mrjctheactor.com for a look at career and his art!

MARK CUDDY | Georges

MARK CUDDY has been the Artistic Director of Geva Theatre Center since 1995. In 2018 he returned to the stage after an eighteen year hiatus for the world premiere of Heartland in the Fielding Stage. His previous Geva role was Vladimir in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot in January of 2000 – with his then 11 year-old son, Max, cast as the Boy. Some other favorite roles include Edward in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me by Frank McGuiness, Charlie Fox in Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet, Pyne in the American Premiere of Volunteers by Brian Friel, Parolles in William Shakespeare’s All’s Well that Ends Well, and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew – which is when he met his beautiful wife, Christina Selian.

KEVIN CURTIS | Jacob

KEVIN CURTIS returns to Geva following his debut last year 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, Paper Mill Playhouse, Denver Center, Theatre by the Sea, Dallas Theatre Center, PCLO, North Shore Music Theatre, TUTS, and Stages St. Louis. Film credits include Take Care, and TV credits include Pose and Younger.  Insta @kevintcurtis

GIOVANNI DaSILVA | Angelique

GIOVANNI DaSILVA is thrilled to be making his Geva Theatre Center debut and to be doing this incredible show for a third time. Recent credits include the International tour of A Chorus Line (Paul); New York City Opera (Principal Dancer); the European tour of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide (Principal Dancer), West Side Story (Bernardo) at Virginia Repertory Theater); Evita (Brother/Ensemble) at Riverside Theater; and Kiss Me, Kate and La Cage Aux Folles at Virginia Musical Theater. Originally from Los Angeles and a graduate of Syracuse University, B.F.A. Musical Theatre. Much love to the Entire cast, crew, and creative team. Ti Amo Mae e Pae. Obrigado por tudo. IG: @giovannidsilva

KYLE DUPREE | Hanna/Dance Captain

KYLE DUPREE is so happy to be a part of the beauty that is La Cage and is also making his Geva Theatre debut!  Some past credits include the Off-Broadway production of Fabulous: Queen of Musical Comedies. National tours include Beauty and the Beast, Mamma Mia, and Chicago. Regional credits include An American in Paris at Ogunquit; Newsies, Shrek the Musical, and Mamma Mia at Tuacahn, and A Christmas Carol at the McCarter Center.  Big thank you to TPG agency and this wonderful creative team.  All my love to my family and friends.

SUSAN HAEFNER | Mme Renaud/Marie Dindon

SUSAN HAEFNER is delighted to return to Geva Theatre Center and her hometown of Rochester, having last appeared at Geva in A Christmas Carol in 2007. Most recently Susan portrayed the role of Rosemary in Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical at Florida Repertory Theatre, having originated the role in a sold out and extended run at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in 2014/15. Other recent credits include Mona Juul in Oslo and Elizabeth in Dear Elizabeth at Northern Stage and Patricia in The Taming at Shaker Bridge Theatre. Broadway credits: State Fair, Thoroughly Modern Millie and 42nd Street. Tours: Billy Elliot (national tour and Toronto) and Damn Yankees with Jerry Lewis (national tour and London’s West End). Susan has also appeared regionally at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Asolo Repertory Theatre, New London Barn Playhouse, Barter Theatre, Weston Playhouse and Florida Studio Theatre. She received her M.F.A. from Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. Susan is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. www.susanhaefner.com

BRETT HAMMES | Ensemble

BRETT HAMMES is delighted to return to the Geva Theatre in La Cage Aux Folles. Previously, he was seen in Hair and A Christmas Carol. He is currently a senior, Musical Theatre major at SUNY Geneseo. Some of his Geneseo credits include Pippin, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and It Shoulda Been You. He would like to thank Melissa and Don for the incredible opportunity to continue working with them. He would also like to thank Joan Floriano, his family, and his friends for their never ending support.

DONOVAN MICHAEL HOFFER | Chantal

DONOVAN MICHAEL HOFFER is thrilled to be making his Geva Theatre debut reprising the role of Chantal after most recently being seen in Pioneer Theatre’s concert version of La Cage. Donovan has been featured at the Fulton Theatre in Chicago (Mary Sunshine) and in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Clopin) for which he received a Robert Fulton Award for Best Featured Actor in a musical. Broadway credits include Rocktopia. Regional credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Simon), Cats (Munkustrap), Rent (Angel), Disney’s Newsies, Billy Elliot, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Donovan has traveled and performed with Norwegian Cruise Lines and in Playlist Productions with Carnival Cruise Lines. A proud member of Actor’s Equity. Instagram @donovanhoffer

KYLE JOHNSON | Ensemble

KYLE JOHNSON is a Junior Musical Theatre student at SUNY Geneseo. Kyle is ecstatic to be performing in his first production at Geva Theatre Center. He would like to thank directing team Melissa Rain Anderson, Don Kott and Sam Hay for giving him this tremendous opportunity, the brilliant cast and crew, as well as his theatre and voice mentors and colleagues at SUNY Geneseo.

PATRICK W. JONES | Ensemble

PATRICK W. JONES is thrilled to be returning to Geva Theatre Center as part of the 2019-2020 Season. He is currently a senior musical theatre and biology double major at SUNY Geneseo.  Previous credits include Geva’s A Christmas Carol, Lewis in Pippin, and Ladislav Sipos in She Loves Me. he would like to thank everyone involved in this production as well as his friends and family for their constant support.

KAYLA McGALLIAN | Ensemble

KAYLA McGALLIAN is delighted to be making her Geva Theatre Center debut in La Cage aux Folles! She is currently in her Junior year studying musical theatre at SUNY Geneseo. At Geneseo Kayla has recently been in productions of Babes in Arms, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and can be seen in Urinetown this upcoming November. Kayla would like to thank Don Kot, Joan Floriano, as well as her friends and family for their support, especially mom, dad and sissy.

JAMES MICHAEL REILLY | M. Renaud/Edouard Dindon

JAMES MICHAEL REILLY returns to Geva where he appeared as Senex in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and E.K. Hornbeck in Inherit the Wind. Off-Broadway productions include Achamer-Pifrader in Vilna; The Duke in Comedy of Errors. James appeared in the  International Tour of West Side Story (Glad Hand/Support Vocals); Treasure Island – A Musical Adventure at Maine State Music Theatre and Fulton Theatre (Blind Pew/Ben Gunn); A Christmas Carol at Denver Center (Bob Cratchit) Glengarry Glen Ross(Lingk) ; A Prayer for Owen Meany (Dan Needham);  Oliver!at Pioneer Theatre (Sowerberry/Grimwig ); The Servant of Two Masters at Shakespeare Theatre of NJ (Truffaldino), ; Three Sisters( Kulygin) and Twelfth Night(Feste). New Media: Red Dead Redemption 2. TV credits include The Loudest Voice, Madam Secretary, Elementary, Person of Interest, Boardwalk Empire, Law & Order, and Unforgettable.

KELSEY ROBERTS | Ensemble

KELSEY ROBERTS is so grateful to be making her Geva Theatre debut in La Cage aux Folles! She is a junior Musical Theatre and Communications major at SUNY Geneseo. Previous credits include Pepa in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Berthe in Pippin. Biggest thanks to her family and friends, as well as Dr Kurau and everyone involved in the making of La Cage!

PAIGE SILVESTER | Anne

PAIGE SILVESTER is excited and grateful to be performing at Geva Theatre Center for the first time! Paige recently toured the country for two years playing Liesl VonTrapp in The Sound of Music, directed by Jack O’Brien. Other credits include the Evita National Tour, Go-to-Hell Kitty in Chicago at The St. Louis MUNY, Sillibub in Cats at Pittsburgh CLO, Bet in Oliver! at Broadway At Music Circus, Shelby in Steel Magnolias at the Maltz Jupiter, and many more. Originally from Sacramento, CA, Paige earned a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan, and now lives in NYC where she loves dancing, growing her own vegetables, learning about wine, and bike riding! Paige sends love and thanks to her family, DGRW, and Melissa! paigesilvester.com  for more!

SAM TANABE | Bitelle

SAM TANABE is excited to make his Geva debut! New York credits include the Broadway production of Allegiance (Swing, u/s Sammy); the Off-Broadway production of Red Eye of Love; and Hello, Dolly! (Barnaby) with the National Asian Artists Project. Sam has also performed at the Goodspeed Opera House, Sacramento Music Circus, Dallas Summer Musicals, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Boston Theater Company, and the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. He is online at www.SamTanabe.com and @tanablems. Love and thanks to his family, friends, and Eddie at Take 3!

MATTHEW TIBERI | Phaedra

MATTHEW TIBERI is ecstatic to be making his Geva Theatre Center debut, and in a show that he’s always wanted do!  Broadway credits include Finding Neverland and he appeared in the National Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (dir./choreo. Andy Blankenbuehler). Regional credits include Matilda (Rudolpho) at Virginia Stage Company; Singing In The Rain (Don Lockwood) at Summer Theatre of New Canaan; Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Adam/Felicia) for Fiddlehead Theatre Company; Footloose (Chuck Cranston) at the Fireside Theatre;  9 to 5: the Musical (Bob Enright) at MGR, and Cats (Mungojerrie) at White Plains Performing Arts Center. TV/Film credits include Isn’t It Romantic, Modern Love (Amazon series), and The Good Fight (CBS All Access). Immense love to these brilliant creatives, this cast, crew and team! Thank you to my Avalon Artists Group Fam and to Mom and Dad for driving all over the country to see me perform. Huge thank you to Tom Quaintance and Robyne Parrish for putting in a good word. Endless appreciation and thanks to Melissa, Sam, and Don for taking a chance on me!  @matthew_tiberi

JOSEPH TUDOR | Mercedes

JOSEPH TUDOR is so excited to make his Geva TheatreCenter debut with La Cage Aux Folles! Some of his past credits include The National Tour of Elf: The MusicalA Chorus Line (Mark), West Side Story (Baby John), Cabaret (Fritz), and Gypsy (Angie). Joseph has also danced for New York City Opera, as well as Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Joseph is a teacher and choreographer for studios in the New York City and New Jersey area. B.F.A. Shenandoah Conservatory. Thanks to MSA. Love to Corey and Logan. @josephtudor

DANNY VACCARO | Albin

DANNY VACCARO makes his Geva Theatre Center debut!  Danny was part of the Tony Award-winning production of La Cage aux Folles in 2011 and is thrilled to be back “in the cage”.  Other New York and tour credits include The Diary of Anne Frank (Otto Frank), Madison Square Garden’s Wizard of Oz (Tinman), Streakin’ thru the 70s (Tripp), and Nunsense A-men (Sr. Robert Anne).  Favorite Regional  credits include Time Stands Still (Richard Ehrlich), Lost in Yonkers (Uncle Louie), Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom), The Foreigner (Charlie Baker), The Producers (Roger Debris) and Sweeney Todd (Pirelli).  TV credits include Law and Order SVU, Younger, and All My Children.  He is also the face of Foster Grant Readers (and needs them!)  Danny is a proud graduate of Northwestern University and member of Actor’s Equity.  He has performed in 47 US states in his career.  Waiting for those last 3….Love to Jamie, The Irish5, Mom and Dad. Oh…and Let’s Go Mets!

Michael Evan Williams | Jean Michel

MICHAEL EVAN WILLIAMS  is honored to be making his Geva debut! A 2015 graduate of Webster Conservatory, his favorite credits include: George Gibbs in Our Town for Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Sebastian in the Off-Broadway production of Cruel Intentions; David Shayne in the National Tour of Bullets Over Broadway; Young Ben in Follies at St. Louis Rep; Clarence/Peto and Ensemble in Henry IV and V at STL Shakespeare Festival; Ken in Red, and Jamie in The Last Five Years at Crane River. A hearty thank you to the crew at Don Buchwald and Associates! @mewilliams227 www.michaelevanwilliams.com

ESTHER WINTER | Jacqueline

ESTHER WINTER is thrilled to make her Geva Theatre Center debut in La Cage aux Folles. Other credits include the West End production of Show Boat; Ain’t Misbehavin’ for Maine State Music Theatre; and The Pirates of Penzance, The Wizard of Oz, and The Music Man at Sacramento Music Circus. Local credits include Avenue Q and Nunsense at Blackfriars Theatre, My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, Parade, Church and State at JCC Centerstage. She also serves as an artist educator for Geva Theatre Center, and is the owner/center director of Canalside Music Together in Pittsford, NY. Esther received her B.F.A. in musical theatre from Syracuse University. Thanks to John, Jack, Madeleine, Harrison and Julia.

HARVEY FIERSTEIN | Book

HARVEY FIERSTEIN is the author of the Tony-winning hit Kinky Boots, as well as Torch Song Trilogy (Tony, Drama Desk and Obie Awards), La Cage aux Folles (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), Newsies (Tony nominated), Casa Valentina (Tony nominated), A Catered Affair (12 Drama Desk nominations), Safe Sex (Ace Award), Legs Diamond, Spookhouse, Flatbush Tosca, Common Ground, and more. He has recently rewritten The Wiz for live TV broadcast, and penned a revised book for Funny Girl which ran in London from 2015 to 2017. His political editorials have been published in the New York Times, TV Guide and the Huffington Post and broadcast on PBS’s “In the Life.” His children’s book, The Sissy Duckling (Humanitas Award), is now in its fifth printing. As an actor, Mr. Fierstein is known worldwide for his performances in films including Mrs. Doubtfire, Independence Day, and Bullets Over Broadway; on stage in Hairspray (Tony Award), Fiddler on the Roof, La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy (Tony Award), and on TV shows such as “Smash,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “The Good Wife,” ‘Cheers (Emmy nomination),” “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy,” and “Nurse Jackie.”

JERRY HERMAN | Music and Lyrics

JERRY HERMAN   Hello Dolly!, Mame and La Cage aux Folles are home to some of the most-often performed and most successful musical hero(in)es of all time, and have given Jerry Herman the distinction of being the only composer-lyricist in history to have had three musicals that ran more than 1,500 consecutive performances on Broadway. His first Broadway shows was Milk and Honey (1961), followed by Hello, Dolly! (1964), Mame (1966), Dear World (1969), Mack & Mabel (1974), The Grand Tour (1979), La Cage aux Folles (1983), Jerry’s Girls (1985) and Mrs. Santa Claus (1996), a CBS TV special starring Angela Lansbury. Showtune, a review of his life’s work, is performing in regional theatres around the country and two of Jerry’s classic songs are the emotional highlights of the hit Disney-Pixar film WALL-E. His string of awards and honors includes multiple Tony Awards, Grammys, Olivier Awards, Drama Desk Awards, the Johnny Mercer Award, the Richard Rodgers Award, the Oscar Hammerstein Award, the Frederick Loewe Award, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Theatre Hall of Fame and the Kennedy Center Honors.

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 production of Hair, as well as the 2017 record-breaking production of In the HeightsThe 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 The Wolves and the Regional Premiere of The Play that Goes Wrong at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis;  A Christmas Carol at the Denver Center Theater Company ‘16 ’17 ’18;  Macbeth, Big River and The Cocoanuts at Utah Shakespeare Festival; Spamalot! and The Little Mermaid at Arkansas Repertory Theatre; the  The Comedy of ErrorsThe Fantasticks and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at the Great River Shakespeare Festival. Upcoming:  All is Calm at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Wolves at Syracuse Stage and Romeo and Juliet at Redhouse Arts Center. 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 nineteenth season!  Geva productions include Hair, 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 Normal, Sister’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.

SAM HAY | Choreographer

SAM HAY is beyond thrilled to be making his Geva debut with his dream show: La Cage Aux Folles!  Most recently Sam directed and choreographed Seven Angels Theatre’s production of Altar Boyz, and the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre’s sold out productions of All Shook Up, Footloose, A Year With Frog and Toad, and Seussical.  His choreography was previously featured in the Arrow Rock Lyceums’s productions of 9 to 5, Mamma Mia!, OklahomaBeauty and the Beast, and more.  Sam has also choreographed for the Phoenix Theatre Company (Mary Poppins- Zoni Award: Best Choreography, Chicago- Zoni Award: Best Choreography, Billy Elliott- BwayWorld Award: Best Choreography)as well as the Little Theatre on the Square, Webster Conservatory, Grandstreet Theatre, Omaha Performing Arts, and more.  As a performer, Sam has been seen in Broadway Bares, Bares Fire Island, the Fire Island Dance Festival, BC/EFA’s Easter Bonnet, Mark Stuart Dance Theatre (Standard Time), the National Tour of All Shook Up, regional theatres across the country, and a web campaign for Hermes.  Proud member of SDC and AEA.  www.HeySamHay.com / @HeySamHay

ADAM KOCH | Scenic Designer

ADAM KOCH returns to Geva Theatre Center where he previously designed Hair, In the Heights, Million Dollar Quartet, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Five Course Love and Sweeney Todd. Internationally: Dreamgirls (Seoul, South Korea). Adam was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Signature Theatre), as well as Bat Boy (1st Stage) in Washington D.C. Credits across the United States include productions at Ford’s Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Westport Country Playhouse, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Paper Mill Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Serenbe Playhouse, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Tuacahn Center for the Arts, Great Lakes Theatre, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Ogunquit Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, Music Theatre Wichita, and Portland Stage. Education: Carnegie Mellon University. For the past five years Mr. Koch along with Steven Royal have worked jointly as Adam Koch Associates, see more at adamkochassociates.com and on Instagram @instadamkoch.

KEVIN COPENHAVER | Costume Designer

KEVIN COPENHAVER made his Geva Theatre Center debut last season 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 Corduroy, Sweat, Beehive, 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. Kevincopenhaver.com

BRIAN J LILIENTHAL | Lighting Designer

BRIAN J. LILIENTHAL returns to Geva Theatre Center where he previously designed Hair, 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 Hair, Humans, 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 World Premieres of Stonewall for NY City Opera, Time it Was with Bill Irwin, and the American premiere of Caryl Churchill’s Drunk Enough to Say I Love You.  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 was the associate designer on seven broadway shows, including Iceman Cometh (Tony Nom) and The Nance (Tony Win-Best Sound Design).  Danny is a 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 Revival: The Resurrection of Son House, Hair, 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 served as the Department Head Hairstylist for NBC’s  Saturday Night Live for 10 seasons (2006-2016) where she received 9 Emmy nominations for hairstyling and 6 wins.  Currently, Ms. Rogers is the Department Head Hairstylist for NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers and also manages the NBC Wig Room which services the wig making needs for SNL, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night With Seth Meyers.

JEAN GORDON RYON | Dramaturg

JEAN GORDON RYON serves as New Plays Coordinator at Geva Theatre Center where, among other duties, she produces the Regional Writers Showcase and the Young Writers Showcase. She was dramaturg for 1776, John Bull’s Other Island, That Was Then, Shear Madness, The Underpants, The Clean House, Almost Maine, The Music Man, Company, Perfect Wedding, The 39 Steps, Last Gas, Wait Until Dark, Little Shop of Horrors and Geva’s current production of A Christmas Carol, and she has contributed dramaturgical research and written program articles for several other productions. Ms. Ryon holds a degree in drama from Tufts University and a master’s degree in Arts Administration from Goucher College. Her most recent directing credits in the community include Grace and Glorie, Master Class, Blithe Spirit, Pride’s Crossing, and The Gin Game for Blackfriars and The Chosen and The Immigrant for JCC’s CenterStage. For RCP’s Irish Players, she has directed Philadelphia, Here I Come; Juno and the Paycock; Da; Translations; Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me; Waiting for Godot; The Kings of the Kilburn High Road; Dancing at Lughnasa; Faith Healer; The Hostage; Love in the Title; The Cripple of Inishmaan; Dublin Carol and A Moon for the Misbegotten for RCP’s Shakespeare Players she has directed Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing. Ms. Ryon is also the Artistic Director of The Geriactors, a traveling troupe of mature actors. 

JENN LYONS | Stage Manager

JENN LYONS is a Rochester native happy to be working at Geva. Previous shows at Geva include Revival: The Resurrection of Son House, The Humans, A Christmas Carol, Hair, 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.

JENNY DANIELS | Assistant Stage Manager

JENNY DANIELS is very excited to be in her eleventh season at Geva Theatre Center.  Most recently at Geva Ms. Daniels has assistant stage managed Hair, Million Dollar Quartet, A Christmas Carol, In the Heights, and Other than Honorable. She has also stage managed Native Gardens, Steel Magnolias,  Red on Geva Theatre Center’s Wilson Stage, 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.  Ms. Daniels currently resides in Rochester with her wonderful family.

ELISSA MYERS CASTING | Paul Fouquet, CSA

ELISSA MYERS CASTING, Paul Fouquet, CSA, has been in operation for over 30 years.  Projects include: For PBS “Poisoner’s Handbook,” “Becoming Helen Keller,” and the mini-series “Mystery of Matter.” 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”), “Murder of a President” for American Experience, and “Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive.” 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 the Tony-nominated Having Our Say, as well as twenty-six Off-Broadway shows. Regional theatre casting in the past two years includes Denver Center Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre, Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Arizona Theatre Company. The office has so far received sixteen nominations and has won three Artios Awards for “Outstanding Achievement in Casting.”