The great poet Walt Whitman has been quoted as saying “To have great poets, there must be great audiences.” And to have great audiences, I think you have to have great box office staff to get them in the door! Today, on the first day of rehearsals for both Pump Boys and Dinettes and All Your Questions Answered, I am happy to introduce you to Kelly Foster, one of Geva’s great box office associates.
JW: Give us your basic details – who are you, where are you from…
Kelly Foster, 35, originally from upstate NY in Watertown, NY. Spent a few years in Syracuse growing up as well when my father was a newspaper reporter.
JW: What’s the first play you remember seeing?
Counting musicals, the first live performance I saw was probably 42 Street, but the first play I remember seeing was Lend Me a Tenor.
JW: Where did you go to school? Did you study theatre?
I attended college at Clark University in Massachusetts, where I got a B.A. in Film Studies and a minor in Journalism. But I have performed in theatrical productions all through high school and college.
JW: When did you know you were destined to work in a theatre?
Probably when I was 4 or 5 years old and would go to my Grandmother’s house every Sunday and watch Annie (since VCRs were brand new and we didn’t have one) and then I would run around her back yard singing “The Sun’ll Come Out Tomorrow.”
JW: Now that song is going to be stuck in my head…What would you say is the best part of your job?
Getting to be an active participant and witness to the creation of live theatre and seeing first-hand the effect it has on patrons.
JW: If you had a job in theatre that wasn’t the one you actually have, what would it be? (Talent for this role is not required…)
Performer, or possibly something like Company Management, anything that puts me around other actors and performers.
JW: What’s your favorite Rochester-area attraction?
Umm, Geva Theatre of course. What a silly question.
JW: If you were stranded on a desert island, and could only bring a playwright with you (I know – that’s sort of random, isn’t it?), who would you bring?
Probably Tennessee Williams or Sam Shepard.
JW: Is there a place you haven’t yet been that you’d most like to visit?
South Africa and Kenya
JW: What books are on your nightstand right now?
A ridiculously worn copy of The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy that I reread at least once a year, and my Kindle which obviously contains too many titles to list.
JW: What are you looking forward to most in the upcoming season?
The film person and Hitchcock super-fan in me is dying to see The 39 Steps of course. And also Clybourne Park.
JW: There’s been a rash of kitten and puppy adoption amongst the Geva staff this summer. Are you a dog person or a cat person?
Dog person, but sadly I can’t have one since I live in an apartment. But one day I want a Bernese Mountain Dog.
JW: Our first production of the 2013-2014 season features pie – what’s your favorite kind?
Apple, especially if it is made by my Grandmother.
JW: If you were going to take a road trip, and could only bring three people with you, who would you bring?
Well, actually I may be taking one for real with Veronica Aglow (one of Geva’s stage managers) to visit a cast member from last season and a brilliant actor, Todd D’Amour so I guess I would have to say both of them along with Sean Daniels (Geva’s Artist-in-Residence), that way we could come up with all sorts of creative things to do inside the small confines of a car. Clearly I would have to be the one driving though.
JW: Imagine you are placing an order at a restaurant, and they ask your name for the order. You don’t give them your real name. What name do you give?
Mrs. Michael Fassbender
JW: What would we find in the backseat of your car?
A small stack of Geva brochures that I am going to deliver to a couple of places because friends have been asking about the new season, a GRE study guide and a ton of Wegmans and Trader Joes reusable grocery bags.