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May 1 - June 2

Revival The Resurrection of Son House

Revival brings blues legend Son House back to life in Rochester, the site of the stunning rebirth of his career in 1964. From his beginnings in rural Mississippi, through personal crises and his relatively obscure life here, to his soaring popularity in the mid-60s, Revival is a celebration of the musical legacy of the man who inspired generations of blues artists from B.B. King, Eric Clapton, and Bonnie Raitt, to Susan Tedeschi, Joe Bonamassa, and Jack White.

Written and Directed by Keith Glover

Music by Son House, Billy Thompson and Keith Glover


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CLEAVANT DERRICKS | Son House

CLEAVANT DERRICKS created the role of James Thunder Early for Dreamgirls, receiving Tony and Drama Desk awards as well as the LA Drama Circle Award for vocal arrangements. Starring in Bob Fosse’s Broadway production Big Deal, Cleavant was nominated for Tony and Drama Desk awards for Best Actor. Other Broadway credits include: Revival of Hair, Vinette Carroll’s Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, as well as But Never Jam Today and Brooklyn the Musical. He received the NAACP Theatre Award for Best Male Performance for his portrayal of Horse in the Full Monty national tour. Cleavant was awarded the “Heroes and Legends Award” for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre; served as composer, musical director, and featured actor for the musical When Hell Freezes Over I’ll Skate, which aired as a PBS special; and starred in Cy Coleman’s Like Jazz at the Mark Taper Forum. Film roles include: Moscow on The Hudson, The Slugger’s Wife, Offbeat, Carnival Of Souls, Bluffing It, Miami Magma, Basilisk, and World Traveler. TV series regular include “Sliders”, “Thea”, “Drexell’s Class”, “Good Sports”, and “Woops!” Some TV guest appearances include “Touched by an Angel,” “Charmed,” “The Practice,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” “Cold Case,” and David E. Kelly’s “Wedding Bells”. Regional Theater Credits include: Pullman Porter Blues, role of Sylvester at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage and Goodman Theatre; Debbie Allen’s Musical Twist in the role of the Undertaker (Awarded the NAACP award for “Best Supporting Actor);The Piano Lesson, role of Whining Boy at the McCarter Theatre and Hartford Stage (awarded the “Connecticut Critics Award” for outstanding Featured Actor in a Play); Trouble in Mind, role of Sheldon at the Guthrie Theatre (“Best Ensemble Award”); Jelly’s Last Jam, role of Chimney Man at Signature Theatre; Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, role of John Prentice Sr. at Indiana Repertory Theatre and Geva Theatre Center; Gem of the Ocean, the role of Solly “Two Kings” and Vocal Director at South Coast Repertory Theatre.

ANNELIZA CANNING-SKINNER | Six/Gabriel

ANNELIZA CANNING-SKINNER recently graduated in spring 2017 from the University of Michigan with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Credits include Music Theatre Wichita’s 2016 and 2017 Summer Seasons, The Muny, Sonata 1962 at the New York Musical Festival 2018, Annie (Star-To-Be/Boylan Sister) at the Paper Mill Playhouse; and most recently, Liesl in Alabama Shakespeare’s The Sound of Music. Huge, huge thank you to HCKR, Darlene Kaplan, the University of Michigan, and Liza’s friends and family for the continuous (and incredibly abundant) amount love and support. GO BLUE!

BADIA FARHA | Five/Meretsegre

BADIA FARHA is elated to finally be at Geva Theatre Center bringing this story to life with such talented performers and creatives!  Broadway credits include School of Rock.  Off-Broadway credits include Sistas: The Musical, We the People: America Rocks!, Things to Ruin, and Rewrite.  She appeared in the 1st National Broadway Tour of Little Shop of Horrors, and the International/National tour of Rent.  Some favorites include Broadway Bounty Hunter, Lincoln Center with Alan Menken, Sister Act, Dreamgirls, Ragtime, and Smokey Joe’s Café.  Film/TV credits include A Gifted Man, All My Children, Punk!, and Book Club.  She received her M.A. from NYU, and her B.A. Kean University.  Love to Al+ Alanna Rose, + Creya Rae, my family, and everyone who makes this a fun journey. www.BadiaFarha.com

CLIFTON OLIVER | Three/Eshu

CLIFTON OLIVER is a true Broadway veteran. He has had an illustrious career in Musical Theatre spanning over 20 years. Mr. Oliver has been seen on Broadway, in such leading roles as Simba in Disney’s The Lion King, Fiyero in Stephen Schwartz’s Wicked, and Benny in Lin Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights. Off Broadway/National Tours include Lola in Jerry Mitchell’s Kinky Boots, Berry Gordy in Motown, Aloysius in Kirsten Childs’ Bella,   Victoria/Charlie Weems in Kander and Ebb’s The Scottsboro Boys, Nina/Wilson in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Wig Out.

TYRONE L. ROBINSON | Four/Baron Samedi

TYRONE L. ROBINSON is honored to be making his Geva Theatre Center debut in this incredible play that celebrates the legacy of Son House. Rochester audiences last saw Tyrone in The Lion King Broadway tour (u/s Mufasa). Other credits include The Book of Mormon.  Regional credits include Dallas Theatre Center, Shakespeare Theatre in D.C., Colorado’s Arvada Center, Goodspeed Opera House, and Drury Lane Theatre (Joseph Jefferson Award). Television credits include Law & Order: SVU. Tyrone wrote and directed the short film Un{H}armed which is an Official Selection of the New York Short Film Festival, as well as the 2019 Harlem International Film Festival, and others. He is thankful to God, his Ancestors, Keith, Geva, Gordon, and Prestige. He received his M.F.A. from NYU Tisch. Instagram: @tyronelrobinson

ALEXIS SIMS | Seven/Sandalphon

ALEXIS SIMS is thrilled to join the Geva’s cast of Revival! Before ringing in 2019 playing Miss Honey in Matilda, Alexis was blessed to collaborate with Stephen Schwartz on his new musical The Prince of Egypt as Tzipporah. She originated the role of Girl in Girl Shakes Loose’s world premiere directed by May Adrales, and is the winner of the 2016 Broadway World Dallas Best Actress in a Musical for her rendition of Deena in Dallas Theatre Center’s production of Dreamgirls. Other favorite credits include A Chorus Line (Cassie) and World Goes Round (Woman 2). New York Credits include This is For Us (Katherine), Runaways (Deidre), Standard Time (Vocalist). International credits include Cirque du Soleil’s Banana Shpeel (Vocalist), Shout! (Green Girl) and Smokey Joe’s Café (Brenda). Regional credits include Beehive (Jasmine), Once on This Island (Erzulie), World Goes Round (Woman 1), and Jelly’s Last Jam (Hunnie). TV credits include Law & Order: SVU, and film credits include Dear Sterling. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a proud member of AEA. Take 3 Talent. www.alexisjeanene.com @alexisjeanene.

ANTOINE L. SMITH | Two/Michael

ANTOINE L. SMITH is an Emmy Award Winner. He was last seen on Broadway as Timony and u/s for Billy Bigelow in the Tony-nominated revival of Carousel. Other Broadway credits include Grady in The Color Purple (2016 Grammy, and Tony Award Winner for Best Revival); Shultz and u/s for John in Miss Saigon, and Wailin’ Joe in Memphis. National Tours include First Broadway National tour of Cinderella (Lord Pinkleton); and Old Deuteronomy in Cats. Notable regional credits include Curly in Oklahoma!, Les Javert in Les Misèrables, Tom Collins in Rent, Jim in Big River, Booker T. Washington in Ragtime, Just to name a few. Thanks to Irene Cabrera DDO Artist. @antoinelsmith32

PHILIP DETRICK | Roustabout

PHILIP DETRICK made his Geva debut this season in A Christmas Carol Past roles include: The Rocky Horror Show (Ensemble) and Avenue Q (Princeton/Rod) with Blackfriars Theatre; Forever Plaid (Sparky), Godspell and Arsenic and Old Lace (Mortimer) with Brownville Village Theatre; The Last Five Years (Jamie) Urinetown (Bobby) and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Finch) at Waldorf College. Philip would like to thank Anthony, Sang-Jin and Ethan for their support and his family and cats in Iowa for their love.

SILAS HOLTZ | Roustabout

SILAS HOLTZ has performed for eight seasons in Geva’s annual production of A Christmas Carol.  He has also worked as a stage combat consultant for Geva Theatre Center’s productions of Spamalot and The Lake Effect.  He has worked as a fight choreographer for numerous productions at Nazareth College, including As You Like It; Almost, Maine; Mad Forrest; Macbeth; and The Beaux’ Stratagem; as well as serving as assistant director and movement choreographer  for Antigone and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His other forms of performance include working as a full-contact armored jouster, actor-combatant, and equestrian stunt man at various renaissance festivals.

JARED MORGAN | Roustabout

JARED MORGAN is glad to return to Geva! When not working backstage he is working on an M.F.A. at Hollins University’s New Play Performance Certificate and Playwriting programs. Previous backstage credits at Geva include: Native Gardens, Hard Cell, A Christmas Carol, Hair, Private Lives, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Most recent acting credits include Stephen in Anna Karenina on the Acela Express and Monty Blank in Mystery at Midnight at Hollins Theatre Institute and Mill Mountain Theatre; Jan Mortensen in Welcome to Norway (2017 TANYS Festival and 2018 ESTA Fest) and Martin in Feeding the Moonfish (2014 TANYS Festival, 2015 ESTA Fest, and 2015 AACT Fest) both Rochester Black Sheep Theatre productions. www.jaredleemorgan.com

ANTHONY ROSADO | Roustabout

ANTHONY ROSADO made his Geva Theatre Center debut recently in Native Gardens. A graduate of Wheatland-Chili High School, Anthony pursued acting in 10th grade.  Past performances at school include In the Heights, Peter Pan, and Grease. Performing at Geva has been a dream of his since he saw his first show here. He wants to thank his parents, family and friends for always supporting every decision he makes no matter what it is. This is my debut performance at Geva Theatre, which has been one of my dreams ever since I watched my first show at Geva. I want to thank my parents, family and friends for always supporting in every decision I make no matter what it is.

KEITH GLOVER | Playwright/Director

Keith Glover

Mr. Glover’s latest play, Revival: The Resurrection of Son House, was a featured attraction at the “Journey to the Son” Festival at Geva Theatre Center in August of 2015. Keith Glover’s teleplay, The Fantasia Barrino Story, Life is Not a Fairytale, premiered on the Lifetime Channel and received the second highest ratings of any show in Lifetime’s history. His musical, Thunder Knocking on the Door, a Blusical tale of Rhythm and the Blues written with Grammy Award-winning blues musician Keb’ Mo’ and directed by Mr. Glover returned to Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in the spring 2012, where it remains the highest grossing musical in the last twenty years at the Playhouse. He is the author of Dancing on Moonlight which was produced at the Joseph Papp Public Theater by the New York Shakespeare Festival. His second play, Coming of the Hurricane, premiered at the Denver Center Theater Company and has since been produced at Arena Stage (Washington DC) and at the Crossroads Theater Company (New Brunswick) with Viola Davis, Coming of the Hurricane was a finalist for the American Theater Critic’s Award for Best Play as well as a runner-up for the Theodore Ward prize for Playwrights.

In collaboration with Tony Award winner, Charles Strouse, Mr. Glover wrote and directed the revival of the musical, Golden Boy at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven and the Leslie Bricusse musical, Sammy based on the life of Sammy Davis Jr. Mr. Glover has directed productions of his play, In Walks Ed at the Cincinnati Playhouse and at the Long Wharf Theater. In Walks Ed was the recipient of the Rosenthal Prize and subsequently nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for drama. Mr. Glover is the writer of the 234th edition of Ringling Bros., and Barnum and Bailey, The Greatest Show on Earth which subsequently toured the world.

BILLY THOMPSON | Composer/Musical Director

Billy Thompson’s performances have captured audiences in the U.S. and throughout Europe, setting the tone for this veteran musician’s songwriting, singing and guitar playing, both live and in the studio. In his original music, he combines world-class slide guitar, searing licks and soulful vocals with a unique amalgamation of styles including blues, rock, funk, New Orleans and soul. Some say, “It’s like Hendrix meets Little Feat!” Billy has played with legends such as Little Milton, Albert King, Earl King and Art Neville, while opening for the likes of Robert Cray, B.B. King, Sonny Landreth, The Neville Brothers and Joe Cocker, to name a few. He has performed on Barbara Walter’s “The View” and with the San Diego Symphony. He also performed for the grand opening of L.A.’s House of Blues. Billy has been invited to play with such icons as the Doobie Brothers, Bill Payne, John Mooney and Ron Holloway. He has provided lead guitar for the Broadway show Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues and for Award-winning playwright Keith Glover’s Bluesical, Thunder Knocking on the Door, Billy also served as musical supervisor for Geva Theatre’s 2015 “Journey to the Son” in Rochester, NY. A tribute to Son House, BT and band also played the festival. His eighth release, BT, brings all of Billy’s original musical influences to bear. It boasts familiar sonic shapes thrown in by long-time musical luminaries such as Mike Finnigan (Jimi Hendrix / Bonnie Raitt), James “Hutch” Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt), Grammy winner Tony Braunagel (Taj Mahal), BB King’s Nola All Star band mate Daryl Johnson (Neville Brothers / Rolling Stones), West Coast band mates James East (Eric Clapton), Michael Leroy Peed (Joe Williams) and Danny Campbell (Leo Nocintelli), in addition to the East Coast band: Eric Selby (Soul Stew), Gene Monroe, Michelle Lucas and Rob Cowart.   BT made the Top 25 on Blues Charts including Living Blues Magazine and Roots Music Report. Billy’s 2012 release, “A Better Man,” was produced by Grammy winner, Tony Braunagel (Eric Burdon, Robert Cray). A host of world class players are featured including Mike Finnigan, eight-time Grammy winner Johnny Lee Schell (Phantom Blues Band), Kenny Gradney, James “Hutch” Hutchinson, Lenny Castro (Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones) and The Texacali Horns’ Joe Sublett & Darrell Leonard (Phantom Blues Band/ Little Feat). “A Better Man” was nominated by Blues Blast Magazine for 2012 Contemporary Blues Album of the Year and received excellent reviews, including “Bluesbreaker of the Week” on Dan Aykroyd’s “Elwood’s House of Blues Hour” and “B.B. King’s Bluesville’s Pick To Click.” Recent Billy Thompson solo and band performances include a residency with the BB King’s Nola All Stars, 2017 to present, NPR’s MountainStage, San Diego Blues Festival 2015, BB Kings (NYC), House of Blues (Chicago/Orlando), Humphrey’s Concerts By the Bay (San Diego), Western Maryland Blues Festival, Washington Folk Festival (DC), Paoli Blues Festival (Philadelphia, PA), New York State Blues Festival and the Michelob Blues Festival (Dayton,OH).

NORWOOD PENNEWELL | Choreographer

NORWOOD PENNEWELL, who joined Garth Fagan Dance in 1978, is the quintessential Garth Fagan dancer and Fagan’s assistant and muse. Pennewell is a recipient of a 1988 Bessie Award and has had several major works created for him, including “Passion Distanced,” “Time After Before Place,” and “Moth Dreams,” among others. Pennewell’s dancing has been seen on Great Performances, The Tonight Show, and Duke Ellington’s Queenie Pie. In 1994, he was invited to perform in the 66th Annual Academy Awards broadcast. Pennewell teaches both company and master classes for Garth Fagan Dance. He assisted Fagan during his work on Broadway’s The Lion King and the NYC Ballet 50th anniversary Ellington project. Pennewell had his first choreographed premiere in 2010 with “Hylozoic” and presented “Liminal Flux” in 2011. Pennewell has choreographed seven works for Garth Fagan Dance, 2010 “Hylozoic”, 2011 “Liminal Flux”, 2013 “Gin”, 2014 “After Hours”, 2015 “So You See”, 2016 “A Moderate Cease”, 2017 “WeCoo Duende” and this year, he has choreographed “Distant Kin” to critical acclaim.

DAVID GALLO | Scenic Designer

DAVID GALLO is pleased to be returning to Geva, where he designed productions of August Wilson’s Jitney and Fences. David creates innovative scenic and media design for television, concerts, and events. He has designed over 30 Broadway shows, garnering him four Tony nominations and one win. He has also won two Emmy awards for best production designer for Sesame Street. He is creative director for Phish’s New Year’s Eve extravaganzas, his Blue Man Group work has been seen by millions, and the Illusionarium he created for Norwegian Cruise Line was a pioneer in immersive entertainment. His work is seen daily in a dozen cities worldwide. The Smithsonian Institution and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame both own samples of his work. davidgallo.com

LOREN SHAW | Costume Designer

LOREN SHAW (Costume Designer) is a two-time Drama Desk Nominated Costume Designer, based in New York City. She was one of the founding members and resident costume designer for Exit, Pursued by a Bear, a socially immersive New York theatre collective. Some of her recent projects include Last Days of Summer (Kansas City Rep, MO), A Period of Animate Existence (Pig Iron Theater Company, PA), Sojourners and Her Portmanteau (New York Theater Workshop, NY) and The Aristophanesathon (The Hippocrates, IL). Upcoming projects include Nomad Motel (The Atlantic, NY) and The Queen of Spades (Glimmerglass Festival, NY).   https://lorenshaw.myportfolio.com/   IG – lorenshawcostumes

THOMAS C. HASE | Lighting Designer

THOMAS C. HASE makes his Geva Theatre Center debut with Revival. His body of work includes many of the regional theatres throughout the United States including Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Center Stage Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Maine State Music, among others.  He has also designed at many of the regional opera companies in the United States including Washington National Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Philadelphia Opera, Minnesota Opera, Goodspeed Opera, Dallas Opera and Los Angeles Opera. As a lighting designer with Ping Chong and Company, his work was seen worldwide. In New York City he has been active both on Broadway (Company) and Off-Broadway as well as New York City Opera and BAM Next Wave Festival. He has designed throughout Europe, Asia and South America including Theater Erfurt, Bayerische Staatsoper,  Staatstheater Kassel, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Stadttheater Giessen, the Barbican and Sadler’s Wells in London, Opera North in the UK, the Abbey Theatre and for Riverdreams in Dublin, Gran Teatre de Liceu in Barcelona, Malmö Opera in Sweden, the Dutch, Finnish and Columbian National Operas; Stageholdings and the Nationale Reisopera in Holland; Opéra de Marseille; Canadian Opera Company; Luminato Festival in Toronto; Singapore Arts Festival; and Tokyo Metro Arts Center. Mr. Hase has been the Resident Designer and Lighting Director for Cincinnati Opera Association for 24 years. More information is available at Haseltd.com.

ANDREW MARK WILHELM | Sound Designer

ANDREW MARK WILHELM is thrilled to be in his first season at Geva Theatre Center. Most recently he was Sound Engineer/Resident Designer for PCPA – Pacific Conservatory Theatre in Santa Maria, CA (The Crucible, Richard III, Peter & the Starcatcher). Other regional theatre credits include Hangar Theatre (Clybourne Park, Lend Me a Tenor, Ever So Humble) Riverside Theatre (Faith Healer), and Performance Network (Little Shop of Horrors). He has his B.F.A in Theatrical Design and Technology from Oakland University.

BETTIE O. ROGERS | Wig Designer

BETTIE O. ROGERS returns to Geva Theatre Center where she designed wigs for 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 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 Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night With Seth Meyers.

ADRIANO GATTO | Fight Choreographer

ADRIANO GATTO returns to Geva this season having previously served as the Fight Director for the world premiere of Heartland, To Kill a Mockingbird, Last Gas, The Diary of Anne Frank, and  Wait Until Dark (w/ Arizona Theatre Company). Regionally, Adriano’s select work as a Fight Director includes Into the Breeches! directed by Laura Kepley (Chautauqua Theatre Company); The Night Alive (Irish Classical Theatre Company): The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, and upcoming Equivocation (Kavinoky Theatre, resident fight director); Carmen (Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra); Amadeus, The Bourgeous Gentleman (Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra); Don Giovanni, Out of Darkness/Into the Fire, and The Marriage of Figaro (Eastman Opera Theatre). As an internationally Certified Fight Instructor with the Academy of Fight Directors Canada, he has taught stage combat for various institutions, including the AFDC National Certification Conference in Calgary, AB, the Eastman School of Music, and Niagara University, where he currently serves as the Artist in Residence.  Heartfelt gratitude to the entire team and family here at Geva. Huge love to my H2RO!

VIVECA GARDINER | Associate Scenic Designer

VIVECA GARDINER began her career in live entertainment at the Big Apple Circus. Since partnering with David Gallo, she has expanded into theatre (for example, she co-designed Pamela’s First Musical at Two River Theater), rock and roll (she is creative producer for the Phish New Year’s Eve spectacular), and television (she is the art director for Sesame Street). She still loves circus.

JOE BEUMER | Associate Lighting Designer

JOE BEUMER is a New York-based Designer for Theatre, Opera, and Dance. Recent designs include Yardbird for Atlanta Opera; Peter and the Starcatcher at Playhouse on Park; the National Tour of With Love, Marilyn; Tosca for Long Island Lyric Opera; the Off-Broadway production of What We Wanted at the Clurman Theatre; Piece by Piece at NYC’s Dixon Place; West Side Story, Chicago, and A Raisin in the Sun for Summer Rep Theatre in Sonoma, CA); Dracula: Bloodlines, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake for Dayton Ballet; and Tosca for Permian Basin Opera in  Midland, TX). Previous projects with Thomas Hase include Fellow Travelers at Prototype Festival in NYC and Lyric Opera of Chicago; Mary Poppins at Syracuse Stage; Tosca for Opéra de Montréal and Michigan Opera Theatre; and Noises Off! At Cincinnati Shakespeare; among others. Other work includes design for Norwegian Cruise Lines, four productions for the New York Musical Festival, Crested Butte Music Festival’s La Bohéme, and the Brazilian premiere of Ghost: The Musical (w/Paul Miller). Assistant and Associate work includes The Public Theatre (NYC), Networks National Tours, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Cincinnati Opera, and BC/EFA’s Broadway Bares. Joe is a proud member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829. www.joebeumer.com

JENNI WERNER | Literary Director/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 24 productions at Geva, including classics and world premieres by Wendy MacLeod, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Cass Morgan, Nora Cole, Jamie Pachino, Mat Smart, Gabriel Jason Dean Brent Askari and Lila Rose Kaplan. In 2015, she co-produced Geva’s blues festival celebrating the life and legacy of musician Son House, Journey to the Son. Jenni also produces Geva’s new play programming, and has led the development of over 40 new plays during her tenure at Geva. She directs Geva’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 an adjunct instructor at New York University, and is now an adjunct instructor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. 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 | Production Stage Manager

JENN LYONS is a Rochester native happy to be working at Geva. Previous shows at Geva include 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.

AUBREY SIRTAUTAS | Assistant Stage Manager

AUBREY SIRTAUTAS is excited for her first season at Geva Theatre Center.  Previous theatrical credits include Weston Playhouse Theatre (Fun Home, All My Sons, Round and Round the Garden), Seattle Children’s Theatre (Dracula, Into the Woods, Jr.), Carnegie Mellon University (Ragtime, Lord of the Flies, Seven Guitars, In a Word), and The Broadway Project (We Will Rock You, Giants in the Sky). Her non-theatrical credits include Cirque du Soleil’s Mystére, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s La Bayadere, and Dick Clark Productions’ Academy of Country Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards.  She received her M.F.A. in Stage & Production Management from Carnegie Mellon University and is a proud AEA member.